Before I actually talk about last weekend's sale, it's time for a quick detour to define a tag sale. (By the way, this definition will only characterize what we mean by tag sale in the Long Island/New York area and, more specifically, from my own personal point-of-view based on my experiences attending them.) A tag sale is a one-to-three-day sellout of the partial or entire contents of a home. This includes estate sales, moving sales and sales to combine households. This does not include garage sales, yard sales, fire sales, church basement sales, car-boot sales or flea markets. There is obviously some overlap in the kinds of things you can find at these different types of sales but the emphasis at tag sales is on cleaning out as much of a household's things as possible to make their move or estate reckoning as easy as possible and to cover the costs related to moving or disposing of unsaleable goods. EVERYTHING is potentially, but not necessarily, for sale from the house to the floorboards to the cars to the wedding rings.

These distinctions are important within the LI scene because there is a prejudice that you will find cheaper, crappier things at yard/garage/basement sales (at likewise cheap prices) and that you will find more gently used things (at less of a price knockdown) at tag sales. Different kinds of customers will be happier at one or the other of these. They're all a bunch of addicts that flock to every sale they can, though, ha.

Anyway. This past Sunday we had a tag sale on Birchdale Lane in Port Washington. Now, what was really strange about this sale is that there was twice as much men's clothing as women's. (I'm The Clothing Girl, so if there's clothing somewhere in the house, that's the area I'm usually assigned.) For obvious reasons, I find it a lot more interesting to sell women's clothes. It's a chance to shop! There's also a much bigger market for women's clothes than men's, so I'm usually kept a lot busier with them.

But at this house it was a perfect selection of men's clothing. The sizes ranged from medium to extra large and the brands (Polo/RL, Paul Stuart, Brooks Brothers) were just that right combination of well-to-do without being too high-fashion and, therefore, too high priced for most customers. And there were probably over 600 pieces to unload. So I wasn't just busy; I was surrounded by a frenzied mob. Except for the ridiculous mess that some people make in complete disregard of human decency and respect for other people's belongings, it was great. Go figure. ;)

Don't ask me what went on in the rest of the house, though. I didn't have time to notice.

Getting back to what tag sales ARE, here's a few pictures of the organized chaos that you see at our typical sales:

People waiting their turn to get into the house.

What people typically see walking into one of our sales (obviously + there'd be the cashier).

A clothing-room layout for a moderate amount of clothing.

How we handle the collectibles.

Stuff everywhere to pick through.

Mid-century mod furniture, stuffed.

1 comment:

  1. Very interesting. This is an unfamiliar thing for me, but I'm intrigued.


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