Dec 27, 2013 · 5:00 PM
After hearing about some of the incredible deals at the REI Garage Sale from fellow NTO-er Christy, I can't not participate!
The deals to be had are ridiculous. $300 backpacks for $75, $50, $30...titanium cooking stuff that may have a dent in it, $5. High-dollar tents for 75% off.
It's a madhouse, and people camp out the night before to get a spot close to the front. And yes, that's the plan. Camp out the Friday night before the garage sale. By actually bringing a tent and sleeping bag and camping on REI's sidewalk.
Remind you of Black Friday? Yeah, it's like that. But instead of camping outside of a department store, waiting to score a deal on a $20 breadmaker, we're going to score deals on stuff we can actually use.
From my second-hand knowledge of how this works: People camp out in order of arrival the night before. The folks seem to be well behaved and orderly and obey the social mores of 'cutting in line'.
At 8:00 am on Saturday, an REI employee hands out 130 numbered and colored tickets. They hand out 130 of one color, then 130 of another color... At that point, your place in line is secured.
At 10:00 am, the doors open, and all 130 colored tickets handed out to the people at the front of the line are allowed in. It's a mad dash to the goods upstairs, and you have 30 minutes to decide what you want, pay, and get out. Then the next 130 people are allowed in...
Questions? Please post in the comments below!