Also known as a yard sale, estate sale, etc. In the UK they're additionally known as car boot sales and jumble sales, and usually take place at some pre-arranged location instead of in people's driveways.

For real-life purposes, garage sales are events where owners get rid of all the useless junk they couldn't use before and buyers pick up some trinkets cheap. You can find puzzles, books, adorable clothes for your nephew, even the occasional working appliance.

In fiction, garage sales are much more interesting. The puzzles, books, clothes and microwaves have been replaced for fictional purposes with swords, ancient amulets, magic tomes, guns, bombs, and the occasional CallToAdventure.

Some common events:
* One of the family members (usually an adult) decides that they just can't let some of their stuff go. They may end up trying to take items back from customers trying to buy them.
* A child is put in charge of sales and ends up selling items for much too little due to inexperience. Or they attempt to sell something they want to get rid of, like an AnnoyingYoungerSibling.
* A valuable item is accidentally (and incorrectly) sold, and the seller has to get it back before the owner notices it's gone.
* Spouses will argue about "that awful ______" "but it's my lucky/favourite ______"!
* The person holding the sale trying to convince someone that a worthless piece of junk is a valuable antique.
* A joke related to someone [[LiteralMinded wanting to buy the garage itself]].


[[folder: Commercials]]
* [[ An ad for AT&T cell phones shows a garage sale in which the mother refuses to let her family sell their old, unused minutes since they're still perfectly good.]]
* '''[[Creator/BillyMays Wow! A yard sale!!]]'''

[[folder: Films -- Animated]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory2'', Woody tries to save a squeaker toy named Wheezy from one of these, where he ends up getting toynapped by Al.

[[folder: Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/{{Borat}}''. Borat thinks he ended up at a gypsy yard sale with shrunk women (Barbie dolls) - and eventually finds a magazine about "Baywatch" and his big love - DJ aka Pamela Anderson.
* In the movie of ''Comicbook/GhostWorld'' Enid has one of these, but ends up pissing off all her customers.
* In ''Film/EverythingMustGo,'' Nick Halsey is advised to hold one to exploit a loophole that allows him to live on his lawn a few more days provided he's selling stuff.

[[folder: Literature]]
* ''Literature/TheBabySittersClub'' book where the baby-sitters are running a fundraiser event with the local elementary school, and a few kids get the bright idea to run a garage sale! Cue a bunch of kids being yelled at for trying to sell daddy's books ("But you never read them!") or mommy's new shoes. I think the book was called ''Dawn and the Big Sleepover''.
** There were at least two of these. In one case it was a garage sale, and in another kids were donating their parents' stuff to disaster relief for their pen pals in New Mexico.
* In Owl's Well That End's Well by Donna Andrews, the Protagonist and her fiance have bought as is a house previously inhabited by an elderly obsessive pack rat. In order to clear out the clutter, naturally they hold a yard sale. This gradually morphs into 30+ families selling things at the sale, a costume discount, a murder and another yard sale on the rest of their property when the original sale is closed due to the murder.

[[folder: Live Action TV]]
* In ''Series/EverybodyLovesRaymond'' Ray's parents have a yard sale; his father wants to charge $20 for a used thermos, claiming it was once used by Music/ElvisPresley.
* In ''Series/DeadLikeMe'', George goes to her mother's garage-sale to buy a doll that used to belong to her when she was alive. In another, Mason sells all of his earthly possessions at one when he thinks he's moving on[[spoiler:--only to find out that he's not at the end of the episode.]]
* In ''Series/CharlesInCharge'' one of the Powell's kids is left in charge of a family yard sale, and decides to move it ''inside'' the house when it starts raining, resulting in several non-sale items getting sold/stolen.
* The ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle'' episode "Garage Sale". Lois puts Reese in charge to prove that he can handle things responsibly. However he's a horrible salesman since he's overcharging for worthless items, and undercharging for exspensive ones. He even ends up destroying an old computer worth thousands of dollars because he believed it was junk. Meanwhile, Dewey decides to start selling the family's furniture and appliances after Reese sells his piggy bank full of money.
* In the ''Series/StargateSG1'' episode "Citizen Joe", the title character Joe Spencer finds an Ancient Communication Stone at a garage sale, and immediately buys it. This action allows him to see snippets of Jack O'Neill's life as the leader of SG-1, and later Stargate Command.

[[folder: Puppet Shows]]
* In the ''Series/SesameStreet'' episode, "Big Bird's Nest Sale", Big Bird decides to sell some of his old toys for five birdseeds each, and Snuffy decides to be his assistant. Big Bird's teddy bear, Radar accidentally falls into the nest, and The Count accidentally buys him, along with the rest of Big Bird's old toys, for 1,000 birdseeds. When Big Bird finds out about this, he and Snuffy set off to get Radar back from The Count.
* In the ''Series/BearInTheBigBlueHouse'' episode, "The Yard Sale", Doc Hogg stops by the Big Blue house to collect for charity. Specifically, relief for the muskrats following a flooding that left many of them homeless. When Tutter has a hard time getting all of his stuff into his mouse hole, this gives Ojo the idea for a yard sale. The idea takes off, and Pip and Pop are assigned to be sales otters. Treelo finds some of his own things to sell, and Ojo helps out by painting pictures. Tutter, however, finds it difficult at first to part with some of his things.

[[folder: Video Games]]
* A garage sale can be seen in the ''VideoGame/Left4Dead2'' level Hard Rain... with various firearms and deadly melee instruments on sale.
* In ''VideoGame/KillingFloor'', one of the "Get to the Trader" quotes is "Time for a car boot sale, I feel..." Only in this case, the car boot sale is run by an [[AdamSmithHatesYourGuts incredibly heavily armed woman charging for powerful ordnance in a]] [[TechnicallyLivingZombie not-zombie]] [[ZombieApocalypse apocalypse]].

[[folder: Web Animation]]
* The [[WebAnimation/HomestarRunner Strong Bad Email]] "[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin garage sale.]]"
* In the ''[[WebAnimation/DorklyOriginals Dorkly Bits]]'' short, "[[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda Link's]] Yardsale", Link decides to sell some of the items cluttering his inventory at a yard sale, including [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask Majora's Mask]], [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime the ocarina that Zelda gave to him as a child]], and [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker The King of Red Lions]].

[[folder: Webcomics]]
* ''Webcomic/{{Achewood}}:'' Teodor has a sale to make money for rent. With Roast Beef's help, he makes over 1800 dollars "selling chipped egg cups and gummy scissors to people who squashed the backs of their shoes down with their heels instead of working their heels all the way into their shows."
* ''Webcomic/CinemaBums'' features one in [[ this]] strip, where Mindy needs to raise funds for a walk-on role in Joss Whedon's latest film.
* One arc of ''Webcomic/{{Nodwick}}'' has the party holding a massive yard sale to get rid of the incredible assortment of junk they've looted from dungeons and had Nodwick cart home. Complications ensue when Piffany sets up a lemonade stand and the lemonade gets spiked with LovePotion.
* [[ Uncle Sam holds one]] in ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}''.

[[folder: Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''
** In "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS9E4TreehouseOfHorrorVIII Treehouse of Horror VIII]]" Homer buys a matter transporter from Professor Frink, which leads to Bart reenacting ''Film/TheFly''.
** The episode "Two Bad Neighbors" begins with a neighborhood-wide yard sale before a HalfwayPlotSwitch shows Homer feuding with new neighbor UsefulNotes/GeorgeHWBush. When Flanders notices that someone bought the house, he notes that at least something was sold.
** Homer buys Flanders' barbeque grill and his living room furniture at a very low price when Flanders puts a yard sale when his left-handed business was failing in "When Flanders Failed".
* In the ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' episode "[[Recap/FamilyGuyS5E9RoadToRupert Road to Rupert]]" Brian accidentally sells Stewie's teddy bear Rupert in a garage sale, leading the two to go on a {{road trip|plot}} to find him.
* Timmy's parents on ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' got a "priceless" Ming vase at a garage sale for $1.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/CowAndChicken'' has the title characters doing one of these. Unfortunately, one of the signs on their table blows off it and in front of the house, which The Red Guy buys and the only way they can get it back is if they defeat him at a game of "My First Battleboat".
* On ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'', the Warners misinterpret the concept of garage sale and ask to buy the owner's ''garage'', with a starting bid of 25 cents.
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' episode "Bang for Your Buck" has Mojo Jojo selling off some of his weapons because he's bankrupted himself building weapons. HilarityEnsues when one little old lady mistakes a disintegrator for a hairdryer. The girls and the Gangreen Gang compete to get enough money for a giant laser, but it is eventually sold to the Mayor. [[spoiler:The giant laser turned out to be a snow-cone machine.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife '' has Rocko and Heffer holding a sale to make money to pay their pizza tab. Rocko makes enough money by selling his childhood pogo stick, then realizes he can't part with it and buys it back. Fortunately, he still ends up in the black because [[TrueArtIsIncomprehensible the melted action figure Heffer donated is bought by an art lover who mistakes it for a sculpture]].
* In the ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' episode "Finding Mary [=McGuffin=]," Candace's favorite old doll is accidentally sold at their garage sale and Phineas and Ferb play detective to get it back. [[HarmlessVillain Dr. Doofenshmirtz]] also buys a used [[ThingOMatic Inator]] at a garage sale and tries to figure out what it does.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' episode "Tag Sale - You're It!", Dr. Venture holds one to get rid of his vast collection of not only junk but possibly-lethal failed experiments.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'' the kids misunderstand the purpose of a yard sale and somehow manage to get ''everything'' in the house - including the furniture - out on the lawn, where their relatives assume that each item was put up for sale by one of the others, and sell it to some random passerby for far less than it's worth. Each adult thinks the sale was quite successful, until they come back inside and find the house completely empty.
* Happened in ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButtHead'' when the duo watch over Tom Anderson's yard sale. They end up selling his stuff inside his house at very low prices, believing they ripped the buyers off.
* Mr. Krabs from ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' has a yard sale of all his garbage and lies through his teeth to get people to buy his junk, including selling [=SpongeBob=] a soda-drink hat with a "#1" on the front. He finds out moments after [=SpongeBob=] leaves that the hat is actually worth a fortune and spends the rest of the episode trying to get it back.
* The ''WesternAnimation/OneHundredAndOneDalmatiansTheSeries'' episode "Love 'Em and Flea 'Em" begins with Two-Tone looking through a yard sale box for something she can wear to impress Mooch, hoping he'll ask to go to a dance with her. Her quote about yard sales has become quite {{memetic|Mutation}} among fans of the series.
-->'''Two-Tone:''' Yard sale? I love yard sales! Actually, I hate yard sales. Of course, the pros of a yard sale are the bargains, but the cons of a yard sale are that the items are used! Ick!
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'':
** In "D.W.'s Baby", when the Read Family has a yard sale, D.W. tries to sell Kate, her baby sister, when she gets tired of having her around the house.
** In "Desparately Seeking Stanley", the Read Family has a yard sale, and Arthur reluctantly decides to sell his favorite teddy bear, Stanley, out of fear of his friends teasing him for holding onto him since he was three. When he sells him to Vicita, he realizes that Stanley still has a lot of sentimental value to him, and he worries what Vicita will do to him, so he tries to buy him back from her.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/SonicBoom'' episode, "Closed Door Policy", when Amy finds out Sticks is a pack rat, she sells all of Sticks' possessions at a yard sale against the latter's will. This includes a surfboard that blocks the entrance to the underground lair of [[SealedEvilInACan the Froglodytes]], a race of frog-like warriors. The froglodytes capture Sticks and attempt to [[HumanSacrifice sacrifice her to their idol god]], prompting Sonic and his friends to rescue Sticks using the possessions from Amy's yard sale as weapons.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/TheLoudHouse'' episode, "[[Recap/TheLoudHouseS1E19LincolnLoudGirlGuruComeSaleAway Come Sale Away]]", Lincoln and his sisters compete against each other to see who can make the most money at their annual garage sale. They get carried away and sell all the furniture, getting themselves [[YouAreGrounded grounded]] as a result. They also believe they accidentally sold Lily's security blanket, and try to buy it back from Flip by giving him all their garage sale money. [[spoiler:It turns out that [[ShaggyDogStory Lily's blanket was in the washing machine the entire time]], and Flip conned the Loud kids out of their money by selling them identical fakes. Fortunately, [[LaserGuidedKarma Flip gets his comeuppance]] when the expired chemicals he bought from Lisa to use as windshield wiper fluid blows up his gas station.]] Also in the episode, [[LiteralMinded Leni literally tries to sell the garage]].
* In the ''WesternAnimation/MyLifeAsATeenageRobot'' episode, "The Price of Love", Sheldon pays Pteresa to date him to make Jenny jealous so that she will notice him. Because she charges so much, he ends up having to sell everything but his underwear at one of these to pay her back.