Operation Christmas Child indoor garage and bake sale is Saturday, September 26, at Crossroads Baptist Church, 2500 Sunset Blvd. in West Columbia from 6 a.m. until noon. Stop by for a great selection of bargains to help make Christmas special for a children in need and treat yourself to some home-baked goodies. The American Legion is holding a garage sale at 762 B. Ave. in West Columbia on Saturday beginning at 8 a.m. There promises to be bargains galore with something for everyone. Gunter’s Chapel Baptist Church is hosting a yard sale and fish fry at 1631 Windover St. in northeast Columbia on Saturday from 8 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Everything must go, so plan to stop by for excellent deals on clothing and enjoy a fish fry lunch.
The number of yard and garage sales always increases as the cooler temperatures of fall arrive and bring heavy-lidded bargain hunters out before daylight on Saturday morning. They’re held in nearly every neighborhood, often by two or more families or even whole subdivisions selling together. The more families participating, the greater the selection and size range are likely to be. It’s possible to find amazingly low prices on name brand and designer apparel, accessories, shoes and handbags. Most people shop for their own use, but others have become pros, shopping for resale at local consignment stores and online consignment sites. It’s always a good idea to plan your route before you leave home, choosing the sales you most want to visit in a particular neighborhood.
You may want to plan your Saturday morning route to include a yard sale with adult and children’s clothing at 4450 Woodside Haven in Forest Acres from 8 a.m. to noon, a multi-family garage sale at 4636 Kilbourne Rd. in Forest Acres from 7:30 a.m. until noon, and an estate sale at 6419 Merrill Rd. in Columbia from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Continue your route toward Lexington to check out a huge indoor garage sale at 1937 Augusta Hwy. beginning at 7 a.m., a five-family sale with lots of clothes at 259 Kelsey Glen Dr. from 7 a.m. until noon and a yard sale with girls’ things at 127 Meadow Saffron Dr., behind White Knoll High School off Lexington Hills Pkwy. from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m.
Start your yard and garage sale route early Saturday morning before selections are picked over. Carry cash, preferably small bills; most people cannot accept credit cards, and many are reluctant to take personal checks. Use a fanny pack or crossbody bag to keep both hands free and your money safe. Share the ride whenever possible since parking space is often limited in residential neighborhoods. Always bring a tape measure to check waist sizes, sleeve and inseam lengths. Bring your own large totes or shopping bags since there they may not be available. Wear comfortable shoes and take along an umbrella in case of a lingering shower.
As always, maximize your style and minimize your spending~