Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A sale of used household belongings, typically held outdoors or in a garage at the home of the seller.

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  • n. a sale of used household goods in the driveway or garage of someone's home

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  • n. an outdoor sale of used personal or household items held on the seller's premises

Etymologies

From garage sale (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Judy Hamilton, client manager of the outplacement firm of Schoenberg Associates in Indianapolis, tells of one recently fired client who went to a garage sale and bought a set of old dishes.

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Comments

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  • I'd call it a garage sale if the stuff is in the garage (or driveway) and a yard sale if the stuff is in the yard. If neighbors are simultaneously holding sales, it could also be a block sale.

    In Dallas Texas, there are a lot of "Estate sales".

    April 25, 2008

  • See this map of American usage. Apparently, in the US, "garage sale" is more common in the north than in the south (except for Texas, for some reason).

    April 22, 2008

  • A garage sale, also called a "yard sale", "tag sale", "attic sale", "moving sale", or "junk sale", is an informal, irregularly scheduled event for the sale of used goods by private individuals.
    _Wikipedia

    See also rummage sale
    White elephant sale
    In Wales I have heard these sales called boot sales and jumble sales

    February 3, 2008