The start of the season |

The start of the season

Court Leve/Sierra SunPatrons shop at the Truckee Lions Club garage sale at the Truckee Donner Public Utility District in Truckee on Saturday.

Bright pink and orange poster board signs dot the landscape along Highway 89 alerting passersby of impending sales. From Tahoma to Kings Beach to Truckee, Memorial Day weekend marks the start of a new season in Tahoe.

“One always thinks of Memorial Day as the start of garage sale season,” said Molly Mellor, a Kings Beach resident who helped her friend with a yard sale on Dollar Hill Sunday.

Tahoe residents dragged out old furniture, dishes, out-grown clothes, toys, ski equipment and other knick-knacks to sell at cheap prices to those interested.

Many say Tahoe is the best place to go to garage sales. On Sunday, Coreena Foresee and her husband traveled from Reno to North Lake Tahoe just to find bargain deals.

“It seems that people up here have garage sales for fun. I would rather go garage saling in Tahoe than the city,” said Foresee, who scored a piece of roller luggage for a $1. “It’s like garage saling in heaven. People are always friendly and you can’t beat the scenery.”

Wallie and Bob Berndt of Paradise were on their way back home from a wedding this weekend when they decided to stop at a few sales.

“I found books that made me very happy and a door knob for my rentals. And I’m thinking about another impulse buy,” Wallie Berndt said as she held up a set of shrimp forks. “We usually have an impulse to stop. He found his favorite hat up here.”

Those who host garage sales also say that Tahoe is a great place to have them.

“I love having them up here,” Michele Quiet, a second home owner from Lafayette, said of garage sales. “All I have to do is put up three signs. Up here, people are friendly. I do it every Memorial Day. We have regulars who come. It’s totally fun. I love Tahoe.”

Mary Margaret Rankin of Dollar Hill agreed.

“It’s the weekend where people are here and you get good exposure,” Rankin said. “As soon as the signs went up, we got people.”

However, garage sale season got off to a slow start Saturday after several inches of snow fell Friday night. Many sellers interviewed for this article said they canceled their sales Saturday, but those who went ahead with their sale plans were not disappointed.

“We had a good morning Saturday, so we grabbed more stuff from the house for a second day,” said Mark Griffin, whose garage sale Saturday netted him $500 and was looking to break that on Sunday. “We’ve seen more cars on this street this morning than we have all week.”

Garage sale signs were posted for Monday as well and typically continue through Labor Day weekend.

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