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Yard sales are great: You get to purge and the landfill gets a break. But could they be better? Don't get me wrong; I have fond childhood memories of digging through other people's trash to find treasures, counting out quarters, dimes and nickels for a book or toy. But throwing a yard sale is a lot of work. So when my neighbors mentioned the prospect of a collective yard sale spanning our entire street, I jumped at the idea.

Street sales are a win-win for buyers and sellers.

Gathering things to sell can be a weeklong time investment, and that doesn't even factor in making and posting signs, listing the sale in the local newspapers, pricing items, setting up on the lawn, getting change from the bank...All for hit-and-miss attendance. It's enough to discourage anyone who works like a dog all week just to be able to kick back on the weekend. But a street sale is a commitment.

Street sales also benefit yard sale buyers. A street sale is the motherload of yard sales, with yard after yard brimming with items just waiting for a new home. Think abut it: Would you rather hop across town from place to place or simply hit one street where you can browse before deciding?

Street sales are also great for quiet side streets, like the one I live on, because it will attract far more buyers than a single yard sale. Cars stopping at the intersection will be able to see a whole street of yard sales, and people out for a walk or bike ride won't be able to resist the variety of things up for grab.