GarageSaleCow.com tells us the first garage sales were actually rummage sales held at docks to get rid of miscellaneous cargo stashed in the hold of a ship. By the 1980s, rummage sales were being held at communal locations like parks and churches. Though modern garage sales started popping up at homes more often after World War II, they really gained popularity in the 1970s.
The site estimates the popular activity could account for $2 billion in sales annually.
Celebrate the day by checking out garage and rummage sales in your area.
5. Aug. 13 – International Left-handers Day
My mom, who is left-handed, would insist that I point this out. She would likely also want me to point out that since the hemispheres of the brain control opposite sides of the body, it’s the left-handed people who are “in their right mind.”
6. Aug. 15 – Check the Chip Day
For dog lovers who’ve had their dogs microchipped, it’s a good time to take your dog by your vet just to make sure the chip is scanned and the correct information appears.
7. Aug. 17 – Get Smart About Credit Day
Though “National Get Smart About Credit Day” is held on the third Thursday of October, this version (minus the National part), is celebrated in August. At the very least, it’s a good time to check your credit score and look for ways to improve it.
8. Aug. 19 – Photography Day
Celebrating Photography Day is simple: get out of the house and take a photo of something. Post it on social media…like Instagram, so the rest of us can see your efforts.
9. Aug. 21 – Poet’s Day
A great way to celebrate Poet’s Day is to enjoy a bit of poetry. If you’re looking for something a little offbeat, you could always look up one of my favorites, “The Cremation of Sam McGee” by Robert Service.
10. Aug. 26 – Dog Day
There’s nothing like the love of a good dog. I celebrate this one every day, but it’s always a good occasion to throw the ball a few extra times or bring home an extra treat for your four-legged companion.
Patrick is a Christian with more than 26 years experience in professional writing, producing and marketing. His professional background also includes social media, reporting for broadcast television and the web, directing, videography and photography. He enjoys getting to know people over coffee and spending time with his dog.