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One man's 'trash' may be another man's Christmas gift

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This year, economic uncertainty and tight budgets will have many Americans waiting in long lines on Black Friday.  Meanwhile, others are taking a more community-based approach to holiday shopping.

"Every weekend in fact this is how I do my Christmas shopping," said one St. Cloud yard sale shopper.  "I go to yard sales."

Susan Salnik of Teka Village was selling everything from clothes and shoes to a collection of nutcrackers. "I had a quite a bit of new stuff brand new stuff that had never been used," said Salnik.

More than half of Americans say the economy will affect their spending this season, but smart shoppers are looking outside of retail for bargains.

St. Cloud sponsors a citywide yard sale twice a year, waiving their usual permitting fee of $1.

"We do the one just before the holiday season so people can make a little extra cash," said St. Cloud Mayor Rebecca Borders, "and then we do one towards the first part of the year so they can make a little more cash to pay off that debt they made at Christmas time."

Borders says that around the holiday season, yard sales attract buyers looking for that one special item they cannot find in stores.

"I think it gives you a chance to buy some unique gifts and I don't see a problem with gifting a used item to somebody as long as its in excellent condition," Borders said. "And if it's something they collect they're usually more thrilled with that than something store bought anyway."

For seniors on a budget like Martha Wilson and Marianne Yanek, their Woodland Terrace yard sale was a way to get rid of some unwanted items while picking up some spending dough. "Today I didn't make very much yesterday I made $50 and something," Wilson said.

We found everything from deeply discounted X-box games to a 1940s antique vanity. Purses, jewelry and of course, Christmas decorations, are popular gift items.

To find yard sales in your area, check Craigslist's garage and moving sales tab. If you're thinking about having your own sale, be sure to check with the city you live in to see if you need a permit.



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