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

  • n. A sale of used household belongings, with prices typically marked on labels affixed to the items.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A retail sale in which items included in the sale are tagged with a coloured tag
  • n. A domestic sale of second-hand items; a garage sale or yard sale

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A sale of usually used items (such as furniture, clothing, household items or bric-a-brac), conducted by one or a small group of individuals, at a location which is not a normal retail establishment.


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  • It was Mrs. Harrington, who is best known for the tag sale she runs under big tarps stretched across her front lawn every day of the year.

    Hoopi Shoopi Donna

  • Simply offering food and drink elevates the tag sale to party status.

    The Swell Dressed Party

  • Then we put our energy into making new friends by posting notices on trees and electrical poles advertising our tag sale and muffin tasting.

    The Swell Dressed Party


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  • A jumble sale.

    April 22, 2008

  • In my bit of Australia, usually lawn sale.

    April 22, 2008

  • According to this map, the term "tag sale" is a regionalism from Connecticut and western Massachusetts.

    Now I'm wondering what term a non-American might choose to describe one of these sales...

    April 22, 2008