ABC Evening News for Monday, Sep 26, 1977
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(Studio) Garage sales may not always be way for thrifty hseholder. to sell bargains to thrifty buyers.
REPORTER: Barbara Walters
(Long Island, New York) [WOMAN - tells prospective buyer prices on plates.] In New York City suburbs, garage sales have become such big business that neighbors have become angry and some communities have adopted tough restrictions, include fines. Ellen Cook has attended such sales for 10 years, watching them change. [COOK - notes sales used to be put together by several hsewives., but now are taken over by professionals and prices are raised.] Professionals' role in sales described and results of such activity in many communities noted; one such professional organization is Sunshine Selling Specialists. Sometimes professionals engage in misleading practice: embellishing sales. [Sale operator Carl STEIR - notes they sometimes bring in own bric-a-brac, if house has only furniture, so customers will have more to choose from.] This is kind of gimmick customers say turns garage sales into commercial ripoffs and may eventually make local garage sales extinct.
REPORTER: James Walker
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