Nearly every weekend in the U.S., domestic spaces in countless suburbs, rural towns, and urban areas are transformed into temporary quasi-public commercial sites for the grassroots economy of yard sales. The sales operate as a multi-tiered paradox: in one regard, they simultaneously emulate and undermine consumerism. In these transactions, meaning and value change hands through mutual agreement. Additionally, the sales are public events occurring on private property -- social gatherings conflated with commerce.

The monetary demands of a sale are balanced against a spirit of hospitality and moral equity that pervade the domestic space, and prices are expected to be set fairly and open to good faith bargaining. The consensus-building and personal interactions at sales carry possibilities for reshaping our experiences of public life. Such arenas of informal trade more closely resemble the interstitial space of barter or gift economies, and suggest alternative forms of sociality.

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Albany, Kentucky
Henderson, Nevada
Fort Payne, Alabama
Winfield, Illinois
Albany, Kentucky
Las Vegas, Nevada
Signal Mountain, Tennessee
Lehigh Acres, Florida
Coldwater, Michigan
Clinton, Michigan
Lexington, Michigan
Seville, Ohio
Cape Coral, Florida
Lehigh Acres, Florida
Walden, Tennessee
Greenville, Ohio
Mentor, Ohio
Signal Mountain, Tennessee
Gadsden, Alabama
Lehigh Acres, Florida
Pikeville, Tennessee
Big Sandy, Texas
Fort Leavenworth, Kansas
Crossville, Tennessee
Enterprise, Nevada
Frankfort, Kentucky
Kellogg, Minnesota
Seville, Ohio