According to the National Retail Federation, 158 million people will celebrate Halloween this year. The celebration translates to a wickedly ghoulish amount of money. Frankly, that is the really, truly scary part for the thrifty among us, including garage sale shoppers.
The average participant is expected to spend about $75.00 per celebrant, with a total estimated spending amount of 6.9 billion. (Yes, that is billion with a b.) Costumes account for 2.6 billion of that sum, while another 2 billion will be spent on candy. The rest of the annual expenditure is spent on décor, greeting cards and pet related items, presumably in the form of costumes for our animals.
If you are surprised or spooked by these statistics, remember that sentiment at garage sales. Consider buying Halloween fare (from decorations to costumes) at yard sales, long before October 31st arrives. If you are having a garage sale, remember to offer your unwanted Halloween stuff for sale. It apparently is quite prized by consumers, young and old alike.
Rain, cold weather and less daylight has caused the yard sale season to abate (or cease altogether) as the month of November begins. (Boo, as in boo hoo, for the likes of this Examiner.) As a result, you may have to wait until the spring to begin that deeply discounted kind of Halloween search at a yard sale. (However, as a little treat or tip, you can check out clearance items in a more traditional venue, such as the big box store, starting tomorrow! Talk about free candy!!!!).
Candidly, the garage sale is a perfect venue for all holiday shopping, not just Halloween. Goodies abound for each religious and non-religious holiday we celebrate from Thanksgiving to Christmas/Chanukah/Kwanzaa to Mother’s and Father’s Days to Fourth of July. Keep that in mind as you shop and sell at a garage sale. The money you save will translate into even greater rewards, including smiles, giggles and pride.
Let your Examiner know your best Halloween finds. Enjoy Halloween and all your treasure hunts, those with or without chocolate.