Daily Dupaco

Friday, May 09, 2014

Say hello to a good buy

Dupaco Community Credit Union and garage sales go hand in hand.

As a credit union, Dupaco is all about thrift: teaching people how to save more and spend less. A garage sale is just that – an opportunity for shoppers to save money by loading up on gently used items they need at budget-friendly prices, and for garage sale hosts to make money from items they no longer want or use.

That’s why Dupaco has been sponsoring Community-Wide Garage Sales in the tri-state area for more than 20 years.

“As a community credit union, we look for meaningful ways to engage and support the communities we serve,” said Jennifer Hanniford, Dupaco’s assistant vice president of interactive marketing. “The Community-Wide Garage Sale encourages neighborly interaction, cooperation and offers financial benefits to participants – a perfect fit for Dupaco.”

Dupaco’s annual Community-Wide Garage Sale in Dubuque and Manchester, Iowa, were April 26. Dupaco’s final garage sale event of the season will be on Saturday, May 10, in Platteville, Wis.

“It’s a pretty great feeling when you can buy dozens of nearly new items at a cost equal to purchasing just one of those items at a retail store. For me, it’s like winning the lottery,” Hanniford said. “My all-time favorite garage sale find was a children’s desk that I paid $10 for. The retail price was $145!”

City-wide garage sales are not uncommon, but Dupaco and the other co-sponsors’ commitment to making this an entirely free event is uncommon:

  • Garage sale hosts have the ability to enter their sale information online at no cost, which feeds a searchable database of sale information.
  • Shoppers can access this data – at no cost – and search by item, sale date, sale time or geographic area.
  • Dupaco uses this database of garage sales to design an easy-to-read garage sale directory. It’s printed and published inside a local newspaper, with extra copies available at all Dupaco branch locations. Essentially, Dupaco provides free publicity for those hosting a sale to help drive traffic their way.
  • Dupaco provides free garage sale packets that include signs, price stickers, balloons and more.

If you’re hoping to find some bargains this garage sale season, click here for some shopping tips.

By Dupaco Staff

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