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over the weekend: garage sale-ing by bike

May 17, 2011

It’s been a relatively quiet weekend in our household as we stayed around the house and helped our roommate move out. Now our house is one adult emptier, one room larger, and ready for this baby to come and claim her spot. And she’s definitely on her way, as my growing belly can attest…

Cycling with baby

It was with her in mind that I decided to scour some of the nearby garage sales this weekend, hoping to find some cute baby items on the cheap. T. and I are both incorrigible bargain hunters (something that was instilled in both of us by our parents) and so we often spend summer weekends ‘garage sale-ing’ in town. Until today, however, I’ve always gone by car. The idea being that you want to be able to carry home the things you buy. But rarely do we get items truly that large that they necessitate transport in our car trunk. So this weekend, I plotted out some nearby sales and directions, threw a canvas carrier bag into my bike basket, and headed out the door.

Cycle on!

Discovering new neighborhoods by bike

New neighborhoods

Garage sale-ing by bike

The perks to garage sale-ing by bike?

  • gratuitous excercise and fresh air
  • discovering new streets in my neighborhood from a better vantage point than by car
  • interacting with neighbors while out on the bike
  • returning home satisfied despite the sales being a bust (because the ride was a blast)

I reasoned that if I did find some larger items that could only be carried home via car, I could buy it and return for it with my vehicle. In the end, I was happy to have gone by bike since my few findings fit in my bag and although I didn’t leave the sales all that satisfied, I at least had a fun bike ride to show for my afternoon.

The next time you’re hitting those neighborhood events – garage sales, summer festivals, events in the park – consider leaving the car at home and biking there instead. Especially if you’re sticking to a less-than-5 mile radius. By the time you’ve found a place to park, your bike ride will actually get you there quicker. And not to mention cheaper. Happy cycling!

6 Comments leave one →
  1. May 17, 2011 11:00

    i love garage sale hunting by bike! one year we both got fishing poles and a net and we stuck it on my basket..a great picture! we do the same thing when we go to thrift stores too…we pay for the item and then come back and pick it up with the car! great minds think alike!

    xo,
    cb

  2. May 17, 2011 12:00

    That is a great idea. Easy to visit a lot of garage sales without having to worry about parking all the time.

  3. May 17, 2011 19:34

    You can see how spring is really in bloom with all its greenery in your photos. Beautiful trees! I like how you look on the bright side, no great purchases – but a fun bike ride!

  4. May 17, 2011 19:36

    Oh, I thought of you earlier when I saw a video of a woman in NY wearing a dress and riding her kids around the city on her bike. It was from the NYT. If I find where I saw it, I’ll send you the link as I know you are still thinking through cycling with children options!

  5. May 18, 2011 18:06

    I love that first shot, S!

    I haven’t been to a garage sale since we moved, and I’m thinking I should continue to stay away from them simply because I just this afternoon found four unpacked boxes from my move over 9 months ago.

  6. Sue permalink
    May 18, 2011 22:25

    Even with child you still take the best panda shots :). Nice way to find bargains and to spend the day cycling.

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