Many people may not know that yard and garage sales in the U.S. really got their start in shipyards in the early 1800s with “rommage sales,” where the yards would sell unclaimed cargo at a discounted rate. By the late 1890s, the concept was adopted by churches and local Lions Clubs and became known as rummage sales. The perfect mix of philanthropy and community spirit, it was a great way to raise money for charity and to get together with the neighbors.
It was during the suburban boom of the 1950s and 60s that the practice moved from Main Street to peoples’ homes. Everyone was starting to buy more and more stuff, so people figured why not give back to those around you (for a small price, of course) while also giving yourself a little more room around the house? That’s when yard sales and garage sales really came into their own.
Today, as part of Fall Modernism here in Palm Springs, the concept of community spirit and love of all things mid-century, are alive and well. The Paul Kaplan Group, a boutique real estate firm, and ModernBear are sponsoring the 2nd annual Modernism Yard Sale, a celebration of mid-century modern collectibles. Local and out of area vendors that specialize in mid-century items, in addition to local homeowners who have cleaned out their closets, will be there selling unique modern wares and tchotchkes. Attendees of the first Modernism Yard sale during Modernism Week last February, found jewelry, vintage dishware, doll houses, clothing, significant pieces of home furnishings, and even a 1960’s “Canned Ham” trailer for sale.
What better way to celebrate Fall Modernism and the spirit of Palm Springs, than by getting together with your friends and neighbors on a gorgeous Saturday morning to hunt for treaures. And who knows, you might just find that fabulous 1950s ice bucket or that incredible Eames chair you’ve been searching for!
IF YOU GO: Paul Kaplan Group’s headquarters, located at 1701 N Palm Canyon Drive. Saturday, October 12, 2013 from 8 AM until noon.
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Christopher Kennedy’s design projects currently include luxury desert escapes, homes in the Hollywood Hills, lofts in New York City, and waterfront properties from British Columbia to Laguna Beach. His eponymous furniture line is available in showrooms in Palm Desert, Los Angeles, and Denver. Locally, his all-natural candle line is available at Just Modern, Palm Springs.