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Picks and Pans Review: How to Have a Moneymaking Garage Sale

updated 08/24/1987 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 08/24/1987 01:00AM

Wondering how to divest yourself of those reindeer antlers clogging your closet? Here is a video that has something to say and says it without padding: how to get cash for your trash. Phyllis Diller (new face, old personality) makes a mirthful guide as she dispenses tips on orchestrating a successful garage sale. Don't, for example, plan your sale on Super Bowl Sunday, she advises, and do see that you are insured for eventualities, such as a stranger slipping on a grease slick in your driveway. She also explains how to write an ad for your sale (be succinct), how to price your merchandise (clothing that is clean and pressed can be tagged at one-tenth its original cost) and how to handle hagglers (don't let them intimidate you). Be sure, she says, to have plenty of small change, a full-length mirror in a makeshift changing room and an extension cord to test that throwaway but serviceable toaster. Diller, the instructor, is as animated as an amusement park. Her 25-minute lesson is spiked with predictable humor—"Where's Fang? Do you suppose I sold him?"—but not to the point of becoming tiresome. Anyway, there is always this option: Once you've viewed the tape, you can include it in your sale. (J2 Communications, $19.95)

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