There’s nothing like blue skies and mild temperatures to generate garage sales in Evanston. And they were everywhere Saturday.

Many neighborhoods collaborate, whereby several neighbors put their unwanted gems in the front yard and sell much of their stuff to each other.

Such was the case in the 2500 block of Lawndale Avenue in north Evanston Saturday morning (top photo), where upwards of seven neighbors were hoping to turn unwanted items into quick cash.

One of several sales in the 2100-2200 blocks of Lincolnwood Drive.

Most sales run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., but veteran pickers know that the best times are at the beginning, when the good stuff is still available, and at the very end, when any price is better than having to haul the items back into the house.

Signs represent the primary marketing tool for garage sale entrepreneurs.

“Look what I found!” in the 1300  block of Ashland Avenue.

Washington School 3d-grader Kate Suvari at the lemonade stand made my her dad, Will, in the 1200 block of Maple Avenue. She’s hoping to top the $100 in sales she earned last year.

Business was brisk at this sale in the 1100 block of Mulford Street.

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio...

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