You will be surprised at the difference you can make to Houston’s poor with the stuff you would normally sell off in a garage sale. Apart from a the tax-deduction, you can have the joy helping underprivileged people with such goods.
No doubt, the garage sale is and will remain a part of American culture, since the concept was born and evolved in this country, and represents a unique form of commerce accessible to everyone. At any given tie of the year, Houston has a number of garage or yard sales going on. The range of items available in these is pretty far-ranging and usually includes entire automobiles, vehicle accessories, books and magazines, furniture, entertainment systems and other electronic gadgetry, kitchen equipment, sports and exercise goods, outdoorsy stuff like tents and canoes, even clothes and antiques.
However, the city’s garage sales are not necessarily “for profit” events. Many churches and charitable organizations like The Houston Charity Center support their activities from the proceeds of garage sales launched by Houston’s citizens specifically for that purpose. These vary in scale from the archetypal one at the back of a private residence to full-blown mega events such as the annual Copperfield Women’s Club garage sale. This takes place at the legendary Traders Village in downtown Houston.