Holiday yard sales a boon to treasure hunters |

Holiday yard sales a boon to treasure hunters

Emma Garrard/Sierra SunGenna Evans, 5, looks at a picture she found at the Lions Club Garage Sale in Truckee Sunday morning.

Memorial Day Weekend marks the kickoff to summer, veteran memorials, barbecues ” and yard sales.

“We always do it. It’s a local tradition,” explained Tahoe Vista resident Dan Books.

Books and his wife hosted a yard sale Saturday in hopes of selling a variety of stuff from classic old bikes to flower pots and umbrellas.

“The garage has been an issue, and I just bought a new bike so I had to make room for that,” Books said.

The Books were hoping to get rid of everything by the end of the day, but considered continuing the sale on Sunday as well. For at least on Memorial Day Weekend, there was no shortage of potential customers.

“It’s kind of the beginning of the summer season and all of a sudden there’s an influx of tourists,” said Kings Beach resident Suzy Schoberg.

She and her neighbors hosted a multi-family yard sale over the weekend, and even though she was at the Beaver Street driveway selling some of her own used goods, she couldn’t resist the temptation and picked up a few treasures as well.

Because a lot of locals are strapped for cash, it’s always nice to get things second-hand, Schoberg said.

And then there are the people who go “yard-saling” and find the holiday weekend one of the most successful times of the year.

“I’m just addicted to yard sales,” said Kings Beach resident Harford Oriva.

Oriva said his best find was a 3.5-foot captain’s wheel for less than $65.

Most people sell their things in the hopes of making a few extra dollars ” anywhere from $100 to $1,000 ” but money is not always the prime motivating factor.

“It’s our spring cleaning,” Books said.

Carina Cutler had two small children and was pregnant with her third when she found herself living in three different homes in the course of just one year. And it was only this season that she finally got around to weeding through everything she’d acquired.

“I’m just starting to go through it all now. This is like three spring-cleanings worth,” Cutler said.

And while just about anyone can have a garage sale, some of the veterans said there are tricks of the trade ” advertising, good signage, bargaining, playing music, good weather and smiling faces.

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