‘Dave’s Famous Yard Sale’ offers huge selection of used goods

Dave McDonald sits in one of the many chairs he has for sale in his yard on the corner of 26th Street and Orchard Avenue.

For more than a decade, Dave McDonald has built a reputation for being the best yard saler in town.

Every spring, he opens “Dave’s Famous Yard Sale” in front of his home on the corner of 26th Street and Orchard Avenue.

Except for last year, when McDonald didn’t sell due to his attendance of a gunsmithing workshop, the Grand Junction native has had his annual yard sale over Memorial Day weekend for nearly 15 years straight.

“I’ve got two gazillion things here,” McDonald said while pointing to a table filled with mismatched plates, light fixtures and flag cups.

His friends, neighbors and community look forward to his annual extravaganza. “I’ve had people remember to come from year to year—that’s why it’s famous,” he said.

McDonald, an stone sculptor by trade, collects items all year in anticipation for his sale.

He finds deals on resale goods at auctions, other yards sales, or from personal estates. Some people just donate items to him.

Mostly he sells everyday things like plant holders and chairs, but enjoys finding uncommon items to sell as well. The most unusual thing he’s offering this year is an 8 foot tall wooden wine rack.

“I do it partially just for the excitement of getting to be a saleman once a year,” he said, and making a little extra money to help ends meet doesn’t hurt either.

McDonald has had a steady stream of buyers so far who appreciate being able to haggle over garden hoses and lawn chairs.

“He’s got all kinds of stuff here,” said mother and daughter yard sale shopping team, Sharon and Cassie Cowan. They were buying shower fixtures, lawn edging and metal shelving.

The Cowans know a good yard sale when they see one. “It’s just our hobby we do together every Friday,” Sharon said. They swore that a shopper could find deals much better than buying new.

“Dave’s Famous Yard Sale” will take place through Monday. Everything left on the last day will only cost $1. Anything left on Tuesday will be free so that McDonald had enough room to start collecting for next year’s sale.





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