Every Saturday morning in the spring and summer, the anticipation of finding treasures builds for many of us on the North Fork. It might be an heirloom buried in some forgotten box in a garage in Mattituck, or a chipped piece of china neatly displayed on a picnic table in Cutchogue. Yard sales start in mid April and go right to late September. To me it’s a tradition to spend these summer mornings with friends catching up and finding the perfect treasure. We laugh, sometimes cry and simply enjoy each other’s company as we compete to see who wins the best find of the day!
From trash to treasure everything you need; and most things you don’t, can be found at a yard sale. We have staged beautiful houses from items bought at yard sales. For the second home owner it’s a perfect way to accessorize your summer home with some inexpensive finds. First time home buyers should scour yard sales to purchase much needed yard items. Lawn mowers, shovels and garden implements are easily found. Vintage rakes, hoes and other unusual tools are always the first things to go. These desirables are used as art not as tools.
The North Fork also has estate sales which are usually held indoors. Recently a friend purchased an antique wool carpet for less than $ 200 dollars. Our homeowners also consider having a yard sale a good way to clean out their home before listing it. We suggest de-cluttering and this is a sure way to make that happen. When the home is in contract this is also quick way to let go of their treasures. We know that while still in good shape, your furniture doesn’t always look as good in your new home.
For me personally, this ritual on Saturday mornings is not only for the treasures I have found, It’s the time spent with friends that I treasure!
Please contact us for tip and strategies in using yard sale items when staging your home.
-Sheila Izzo, North Fork Real Estate, Inc.