Al Roker’s yard sale tips

The Weather Channel's "Wake Up With Al" offered some great tips for hosting a yard sale and -- you guessed it -- they want you to have a weather-contingency plan.

The Weather Channel’s “Wake Up With Al” offered some great tips for hosting a yard sale and — you guessed it — they want you to have a weather-contingency plan.

We love to search around the web for great yard sale tips, and found a few interesting articles and videos worth your time.

First up, check out this Weather Channel video, which offers a quick tutorial on doing everything right. http://www.weather.com/video/yard-sale-tips-49359

WE’RE FAMOUS, KINDA

We were also amused by this video, because the screen shot features our logo. We had to watch. http://youtu.be/kT8L8Hok3Vg

Yeah, we agree. It was a little disappointing, but we appreciate the exposure!

LIKE A PRO

Popular Mechanics offers a 20-point list on maximizing your yard sale adventure.

Popular Mechanics offers a 20-point list on maximizing your yard sale adventure.

There was also this helpful article for yard sale shoppers from Popular Mechanics. It’s a great summation of making your money and effort work for you.

http://www.popularmechanics.com/home/skills/auto-home-improvement-diy/20-tips-for-shopping-a-yard-sale-16686328

JUDGE NOT

We also liked this tip list from Realtor.com. In particular, we liked Tip No. 11 — Don’t take it personal. When you’re at yard sales, you judge the quality of other people’s stuff. Don’t be surprised by snark-filled comments about what you put out on your lawn.

http://www.realtor.com/advice/tips-on-how-to-have-the-best-garage-sale-ever/

LOOKING BACK

The one video we laughed at throughout was this woman’s “Yard Sale Complaints” video. She’s swearing like a sailor throughout, but she’s darn funny in the way she sums up her experience as she hosted a yard sale.

Again, we want to warn you about the language.

http://youtu.be/2YR64LofXfQ

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Best Bets for July 11-12

Here we are in the middle of summer, and where are the yard sales? York County, that’s where! Check below for some of the best the area has to offer.

There’s a chance of thunderstorms on Friday and Saturday afternoons. Get the up-to-date details on the weekend weather from our pals at The York Dispatch.

GROUP YARD SALES

  • PINE SPRINGS: A development sale ad advises us to “use 111 Farmview Drive, 17408 for GPS.” Friday and Saturday.
  • RED LION: A multi-family sale off Kenyon Drive. Thursday through Saturday
  • STEWARTSTOWN: Another multi-family sale at 18370 Webb Road, east of Stewartstown, has “guns and man stuff” Friday and Saturday.
  • SPRY: More multi-family sale action at 2720 Ironstone Hill Road. Thursday through Saturday.
  • Even more, there’s more multi-family sales too. Check out the listings!

SOUNDS INTERESTING

  • The Wrightsville Historical Museum, at 309 Locust Street is hosting a sale. They promise books, games and household items. What no Civil War-era heirlooms? Oh well, it will be worth it anyway.
  • Get all the test answers right at a sale at 350 S. Pleasant Ave in Dallastown, where they’re offering teacher’s books. They also have a portable generator. After this week, a few more of us want one of those.
  • Boys young and old will delight in the offerings at 2434 Crystal Lane in the Haines Acres area. They’re selling Many different nerf guns and accessories… Transformers … light sabers and various other toys.”
  • Buy a “grandmother clock” and a curio cabinet at 130 Evergreen Lane near Briarwood Golf Course.

For more on these yard sales as well as the complete list, check out The York Dispatch classifieds.

CHECK OUT THE APP

Yard Sale Secrets, in conjunction with The York Dispatch and the York Newspaper Co., now has a yard sale app for iPhone and Android phones. The app helps you locate all the yard sales advertised on MediaOnePa, which includes sites in York, Hanover, Chambersburg and Lebanon. Zip to the bottom of this page for a link to the app.

TWITTER

Yep, the Yard Sale Secrets has adopted Twitter. We might only use it sporadically, but we welcome you to join us. We especially hope to use it on Saturdays (and some Fridays) when we are out on the road. Join Yard Sale Secrets on Twitter now!

MORE YARD SALE INFORMATION

Got a question for us here at Yard Sale Secrets? Or, even better, a great tip on selling or buying? Then leave a comment for us and we’ll respond in an upcoming post. We love to hear from other yard sale fanatics!

YOUR WEEKEND MISSION

If you’re hosting a yard sale this weekend, take some pictures of your event set up. We would love to see it. If you’re heading out to some sales, lets see some pictures of your loot! E-mail them to jsimcoe@yorkdispatch.com for inclusion in an upcoming Yard Sale Secrets post.

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Why aren’t yard sales later in the day?

Why aren't their any yard sales at night? Well, not many people have lights in their yards. Who wants to shop in the dark? (Photo by Jim Larrison via Flickr.com. Find him at www.flickr.com/photos/larrison/)

Why aren’t their any yard sales at night? Well, not many people have lights in their yards. Who wants to shop in the dark? (Photo by Jim Larrison via Flickr.com. Find him at www.flickr.com/photos/larrison/)

It’s practically a tradition that yard sales are held in the morning hours. Most people set their hours from 9 a.m. to about 1 or 2 in the afternoon.

But have you ever wondered why yard sales never late in the afternoon? Well, even the wizened folks at Yard Sale Secrets don’t know exactly why, but we have some good guesses.

  • HEAT: Most yard sales are held in the summer, that means temperatures go up through the afternoon. In some parts of the country, that means 90-plus degrees by 3 p.m. The mornings, in contrast, are far cooler.
  • BUGS: Even on cool mornings, it’s quite rare to see mosquitoes or other bugs. Gnats prefer the heat of the day. Mosquitoes like the twilight hours — particularly during sunset.
  • LIGHT: If a yard sale was held in the late afternoon, you’d be picking up your unsold items in the dark. Even worse, if you held a yard sale at night you’d have people shopping in the dark since very few people have significant yard lighting.
  • SAFETY: Imagine the problems you’d have with people visiting your yard sale in the evening — tripping over your merchandise or the curb!
  • TIMING: If you set your yard sale’s hours early in the day, you have time to clean up and even do something else afterward — we recommend a family barbecue. Anyway,  with a morning yard sale, you’re not wasting your entire day off.
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Best bets for July 4-5

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again. Setting a yard sale on a big holiday weekend is a total gamble. This year, the Fourth of July lands on a Friday. That would suggest that very few shoppers will be out on Friday morning. The same might be said for Saturday too, since some people stay up late on Independence Day. Still, the York area is hosting a few yard sales of note this weekend.

As for the weather, get all the details on weekend weather from our pals at The York Dispatch.

GROUP YARD SALES

  • CEDAR LAKE CAMPGROUND: Crafters and yard sale vendors will be setting up at the Dover area campground found at 5051 Pine Hill Road. Saturday only.
  • THOMASVILLE: Turn off Route 30 at Big Mount Road and go to Moul Road for a multi-family sale promising “lots of good stuff.” Thursday through Saturday.
  • SHILOH: Multiple families are organizing a sale on School Street. Friday and Saturday.
  • YORK (17402): A “truly” multi-family sale is promised at 450 Quaker Drive. Thursday and Friday.

SOUNDS INTERESTING

  • Someone is “Emptying house after 35 years” at 1030 Manor Road in Windsor. Friday and Saturday
  • Get a fish tank and riding toys at a sale in the 1700 block of Fountain Rock Drive in Dover. Saturday and Sunday.
  • A multi-week moving sale is getting underway at 220 Bahns Mill Road in Red Lion. The fun begins on Saturday and continues on July 11 and 19.

For more on these yard sales as well as the complete list, check out The York Dispatch classifieds.

CHECK OUT THE APP

Yard Sale Secrets, in conjunction with The York Dispatch and the York Newspaper Co., now has a yard sale app for iPhone and Android phones. The app helps you locate all the yard sales advertised on MediaOnePa, which includes sites in York, Hanover, Chambersburg and Lebanon. Zip to the bottom of this page for a link to the app.

TWITTER

Yep, the Yard Sale Secrets has adopted Twitter. We might only use it sporadically, but we welcome you to join us. We especially hope to use it on Saturdays (and some Fridays) when we are out on the road. Join Yard Sale Secrets on Twitter now!

MORE YARD SALE INFORMATION

Got a question for us here at Yard Sale Secrets? Or, even better, a great tip on selling or buying? Then leave a comment for us and we’ll respond in an upcoming post. We love to hear from other yard sale fanatics!

YOUR WEEKEND MISSION

If you’re hosting a yard sale this weekend, take some pictures of your event set up. We would love to see it. If you’re heading out to some sales, lets see some pictures of your loot! E-mail them to jsimcoe@yorkdispatch.com for inclusion in an upcoming Yard Sale Secrets post.

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Our yard-sale GPS leads us to maps and globes

We zipped around the area to several yard sales this weekend, and found some interesting items to add to our growing collection of must-haves. The weather was a little on the warm side, but still sunny and clear so we weren’t about to complain.

Here’s what we got this weekend, plus a few from a few weekends back that we didn’t get to post until now.

See that toy globe? A few weeks ago, we saw the exact same toy for sale for $10. We thought that was too much and this weekend we got it for $3. Yeah, baby! Also in the picture was a 50-cent stick flashlight and a fancy pink pen that we couldn't resist for 25 cents.

See that toy globe? A few weeks ago, we saw the exact same toy for sale for $10. We thought that was too much and this weekend we got it for $3. Yeah, baby! Also in the picture was a 50-cent stick flashlight and a fancy pink pen that we couldn’t resist for 25 cents.

In a photo that shows the ups and downs of yard sale shopping we have two games. The "Apples to Apples" game was $3, it's a great game and has hundreds of playing pieces. It retails for $12 to $20. A great buy indeed. Next to it was a $1 Disney Princess game set. When we got it home, we realized a ton of pieces were missing.

In a photo that shows the ups and downs of yard sale shopping we have two games. The “Apples to Apples” game was $3, it’s a great game and has hundreds of playing pieces. It retails for $12 to $20. A great buy indeed. Next to it was a $1 Disney Princess game set. When we got it home, we realized a ton of pieces were missing.

A local wholesaler added some of their wares to their yard sale, so we got a bunch of fun items -- including "Madonna" gloves and some Angry Birds merchandise. Also in the picture is a complete domino set we picked up for 25 cents.

A local wholesaler added some of their wares to their yard sale, so we got a bunch of fun items — including “Madonna” gloves and some Angry Birds merchandise. Also in the picture is a complete domino set we picked up for 25 cents.

We've been in a game-buying mood lately, so we also picked up this Dora the Explorer rug-game, which includes all the basics of Dora's show including her pal, Map. Also in the picture a nicely crocheted sweater-shirt.

We’ve been in a game-buying mood lately, so we also picked up this Dora the Explorer rug-game. Also in the picture a nicely crocheted sweater-shirt.

If you're ever in need of dinnerware, buy from a yard sale. You're sure to note these are mostly mismatched, we did that on purpose -- we were buying them for pictures to be used by The York Dispatch's Food Editor! Anyway, you'll always find great deals on dinnerware at yard sales. Most of these plates were 25 cents each.

If you’re ever in need of dinnerware, buy from a yard sale. You’re sure to note these are mostly mismatched, we did that on purpose — we were buying them for pictures to be used by The York Dispatch’s Food Editor! Anyway, you’ll always find great deals on dinnerware at yard sales. Most of these plates were 25 cents each.

More items from the wholesaler can be seen here -- including tin daisies and an paint set for kids. But note the silver scrapers with black handles? We got them for 50 cents each, and used them for paint scrapers the next day on a home-improvement project.

More items from the wholesaler can be seen here — including tin daisies and an paint set for kids. But note the silver scrapers with black handles? We got them for 50 cents each, and used them for paint scrapers the next day on a home-improvement project.

This assortment includes a stack of felt fabric pieces for a total of 25 cents, two books of violin sheet music for 50 cents each, two DVDs for $2 each and a third for just 50 cents.

This assortment includes a stack of felt fabric pieces for a total of 25 cents, two books of violin sheet music for 50 cents each, two DVDs for $2 each and a third for just 50 cents.

Our favorite purchase of the weekend was at our last stop where we came across this plastic relief map of Southcentral Pennsylvania. It was dated from the 1960s but in great condition. We figure we can mount it inside a shadowbox behind some other Pennsylvania items. The map was $4, and we know we can make it look really cool when we get in a crafty mood.

Our favorite purchase of the weekend was at our last stop where we came across this plastic relief map of Southcentral Pennsylvania. It was dated from the 1960s but in great condition. We figure we can mount it inside a shadowbox behind some other Pennsylvania items. The map was $4, and we know we can make it look really cool when we get in a crafty mood. Click the picture (a few times) for a supersize look at the map!

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