As the weather turns warmer, the yard sale signs start popping up like tulips. A wonderful way to spend a Saturday morning is driving, biking or walking local neighborhoods searching for just the exact whatchamacallit you've been needing, at a bargain price.
Of course, an even better way to spend a Saturday morning is to hit a community or neighborhood sale.
Fort Carson has announced its semi-annual post-wide yard sale, Saturday, May 7, 8 a.m. And it's free and open to the public. I've never been, but it sounds like a good way to score a lot of deals all at once. (In the event of crappy weather, the event will be postponed to May 14.)
And though it's a ways off, you'll want to mark your calendar now for the Old North End Neighborhood yard sale on Saturday, June 18. The area roughly bounded by Uintah Street, Monument Valley Park, Wahsatch Avenue and Van Buren Street, and which includes Wood Avenue, is known for its fantastic sales, with 90-plus homes usually taking part. Two years ago I picked up a practically brand-new Coach purse for $15, a shiny silver Pottery Barn ice bucket for $3, and a never-used flower cupcake pan from Williams-Sonoma for $2.
On a completely different note, does anyone know why the culture out here is to have yard sales on Fridays and Saturdays? I grew up in a midwest culture of Saturday/Sunday sales, and it royally stinks to be driving to work on Friday morning and eyeballing sales going up when I know I can't stop. Just curious ...