Why in Spain we don’t have garage sales
It would be amazing if in Spain we could organize garage sales in a common way. It is the perfect way to keep the garage clean, recycle everything properly (your neighbours will do it for you) and also to make some quick money too.
The problem, as I tried to explain to an American friend, is that in Spain there are a lot of reasons
to not doing it for not doing it. First, there is no place to spread your garbage, I mean, your yard sale items :-). Almost 75% of Spaniards live in urban areas, let’s say apartments, that means no private gardens, no yards. That contrasts with the amount of Americans who live in detached houses, 65% of them.
Ok, but that should not be a problem in rural areas of Spain where houses are easier to find. However, the second problem is bigger. Let’s suppose we have some place to show our stuff to our customers. The consequences could be dramatic, your neighbors would interpret imediately that you´re in desperate need of money, almost in poverty for you to have to sell your belongings. And as we all know everybody takes very much into account what our neighbors might think of us. Absolutely.
Third, why should I buy an used article from my neighbors? Can´t I afford to buy something new and then show everyone the healthy state of my domestic finances? For sure I know that a new item is more expensive than
an a used one. But nothing can beat the pleasure of being the first one to use something, and that, that´s very important, man.