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OLM yard sale excites bargain hunters, benefits the church – Malibu Surfside News (press release) (registration) (blog)

For more than 50 years, Malibuites have looked forward to Our Lady of Malibu’s days-long yard sale. 

From Aug. 12-20, diligent bargain-hunters descended on the church hall, seeking hard-to-find vintage items, collectibles, clothing, toys and household items. 

“People are thrilled with the prices and the quality of the donated items,” volunteer Beverly Gleason said. “We have excellent things for sale and people are smiling as they walk away with excellent bargains and unique finds.”

The OLM yard sale is an adored annual summer tradition in Malibu. Longtime volunteer Marlene Davenport, who has staffed the sale for almost its entire existence, even flew in from Florida to go to the sale. 

As one walked through the church hall and outer area, they could find everything from golf clubs to walkers, from toys to furniture and bric-a-brac.

There were books and bikes, computers and Christmas decorations, shoes and shiny jewelry, fine art and fine lace. In short, it was a shopper’s paradise. 

When Malibu Surfside News visited, the high-end boutique was bustling. Shoppers casually perused the fine art, the designer shoes and the unique home décor. There was a Wedgewood tea set, Prada and Manolo Blahnik shoes, and lovely vintage clothing.

“Look at this cute selection of items,” volunteer Birute Vileisis said as she beckoned curious shoppers. “Look at these cute vintage clothes and collectibles.”

No matter where you put a genuine item, it stands out and shines. Shoppers eagerly tried on the clothing and shoes, snapped up the lovely one-of-a-kind art pieces and grabbed something special for their hard-to-shop-for holiday gift donees. 

“Look, I’m a model. Look at all these awesome hats that I found,” shopper Jan Gentry said. “You didn’t know I was a model, did you?” 

The day was young and the hunt for one-of-a-kind finds was on.

“We’ve got sterling silver, long gold charms and handcrafted jewelry,” volunteer Sylvianna Baca said. “We’ve even got a tiara. We’ve got gems, gems and more special gems to choose from.”

Attendees Lucy Kelly and Brenda Iredale took a break from all the shopping, clearly enjoying the sensational shopping spectacle.

“This sale is mind-boggling,” Kelly said. “There are so many items and they just keep coming. And, they have very high-end brands for excellent prices. See, I got this lovely Chico’s item for only $3.”

Twins Kate and Sophia Hall frequented the yard sale for several days, displaying a penchant for purses and designer items.  

If one looked closely, they could find lobster catchers, a Halloween skeleton that vied mightily to serve as a new shopper’s holiday welcoming committee, or that special board game that was popular long ago. 

Everyday items that anyone would find useful — dishes, coffee makers, and casserole dishes — were tucked away in a section that intrigued many shoppers. Perhaps those items will find their way to college dorms nationwide or to young couples’ first apartments.  

Some items, such as the bust of John Wayne carved from a 13-ton boulder that slid off of Big Rock back in the ’70s, found themselves headed out of state. That particular piece went home to Lubbock, Texas.

Others worked in the reverse manner, hailing from far away. One such example was the signed painting by Australian artist Bret Livingston Strong entitled “Sunrise.”

Whether one looks in Australia, Texas or anywhere else in the world, Malibuites shopping at the OLM yard sale were convinced that they would not find a better yard sale. 

Proceeds of the yard sale go to Our Lady of Malibu Church. In past years, proceeds have enabled the faith community to renovate its church kitchen and hall. 

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Savvy savers and bargain hunters – Richmond Register

Many of us have items in our home that have been kept long beyond their usefulness. These items often clutter our houses, while we scratch our heads wondering what to do with them. Many times, clothes, furniture or odd knickknacks are still in good condition, yet we no longer have a use for them or we want to downsize. On the other hand, many of us also have upcoming purchases, such as back-to-school clothes, home redecorating or furnishing a college apartment, that make us wonder whether there is a cheaper option. Checking out local yard sales and consignment shops might help you save substantially, and even earn a little extra cash.

Clothing is one of the largest spending temptations. The desire to look your best for a special occasion or while at work or school is natural; however, there are many ways to maintain a stylish and up-to-date wardrobe, while keeping tabs on your monthly budget. Start by doing a careful inventory of your current wardrobe. Consider any upcoming events that you may have scheduled and make a list of clothing needs, discarding any clothes that you do not wear.

Instead of packing away old clothes and heading to the mall to buy new items, consider selling your unwanted items, as well as dressing up your wardrobe at a local consignment shop, yard sale, or online site. Buying and selling in consignment shops can be a fun way to make money and a great way to save big on items that you need.

If you are considering shopping at a resale, consignment or thrift store, there are some considerations you may want to keep in mind. Resale, consignment and thrift stores are great places to find like new clothing for bargain prices — up to 75 percent off what you would find in a retail store. Explore the secondhand shops in your area to find stores that offer quality clothing in your style and size.

On the other hand, if you are considering becoming a consigner, do your research. Resale shops will often buy your clothes upfront, whereas consignment shops pay you a percentage of the selling price only after the item has sold. Visiting local shops to find a store with similar items to the ones that you are looking to get rid of is also a great way to ensure that your items will sell. Investigate the store consigner policies before taking your items in to sell.

Late spring and early summer are popular times for yard sales and can be a win-win for both buyers and sellers. If you are looking for yard sale bargains, plan your shopping day well. Set your shopping route the night before by looking at newspaper and online ads, arrive early to grab the best deals and stick to what is on your list.

Hosting a yard sale is also a great way to sell household items, furniture and clothing that is no longer needed. There are several things to keep in mind when hosting a yard sale, including pricing everything before the sale, checking for local government ordinances, enlisting help and advertising. Regardless of whether you choose to buy and sell at consignment shops or yard sales, doing so is a great way to save your family money.

You can also sell your gently used items from the comfort of your own home. Online consignment sites and yard sales provide the opportunity to list items and connect shoppers around the world.

When selling online, presentation is important. Take high quality photographs from multiple angles with an uncluttered background.

Be realistic when pricing. Setting your price at about 1/3 of the retail price is a good rule of thumb.

Note the price, brand, size, and condition of all items to avoid confusion and expedite sells.

For more tips about being a “Savvy Saver and Bargain Hunter”, join us on Tuesday, Aug. 29m at 6:30 p.m. Kay Denniston, Bourbon County extension agent, will share information on yard sales and consignment shops as well as on-line buying and selling. The presentation will be held at the Madison County Extension Office, 230 Duncannon Lane, Richmond, and is free and open to the public. Please call 859-623-4072 to register, so enough handouts may be prepared.


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