Long Distance Garage Sales

Something to look for on your Laura Ingalls Wilder trip.

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One of the things visitors from urban areas might come across on a Laura trip is a long distance garage sale. There are several stretches of famous roads that now organize garage sales that reach across counties and sometimes across states.

Garage Sales

Garage sales are known as tag sales in other parts of the country. In Midwestern towns and cities we call them garage sales because they are usually held in garages.

Families take extra stuff from around the house, price them, put out a few signs and flyers, and put up a table and cashbox and make deals with whoever happens along.

Regular garage sales usually are at different days of the week depending on community traditions, but are most commonly done on Fri. and Sat. Keep an eye out for them as you are traveling around. They can be a lot of fun…

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Sarah S. Uthoff is a nationally known Laura Ingalls Wilder authority and has presented at five of the Wilder homesites, many times at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum, many conferences and numerous libraries, museums, and events around the Midwest. She is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales fighting to bring the History, Mystery, Magic, and Imagination of Laura Ingalls Wilder and other greats of children’s literature and history to life for a new generation. How can you help? Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, look at her photos, and find her on Facebook , Twitter , Google+, LinkedIn , SlideShare, and Academia.edu . Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and former director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

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