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tag sale n chiefly Nth, esp sNEng, NYC
A sale of used household items, usu held by a private person or by an organization as a cooperative fundraising event.

1919 Alpha Chi Omega Lyre 23.287 CA, Associated Women Students’ Loan Fund netted $355 at a tag sale, to aid women working their way through College. 1968 Chron.–Telegram (Elyria OH) 2 July 11/7, [Syndicated column:] These make ideal items for a tag sale. One person’s junk can be another person’s finds. 1969 Our Town Reminder (S. Hadley MA) 23 Apr 28, Garage tag sale: April 24, 25, 26 at 217 Willimansett St. 1982 Capital Times (Madison WI) 29 Jan 2/1 NYC, A porcelain food stand, which was bought for $2 at a tag sale last year, was sold for $60,000 to an antiques dealer. 1997 Bohjalian Midwives 65 VT (as of 1981), She sat upon a firm throw pillow my mother had recently purchased at a tag sale. 1998 DARE File seCT, I saw signs advertising “tag sales” in Old Saybrook. A friend said that they are the same as garage or yard sales. She hadn’t heard the term before moving to Connecticut. 2002 Ibid CT, There are old Baedeker guides around. . . I’ve seen them at tag sales, used bookstores, and such. 2004 Ibid nwMA, Let’s clean out the hall closet. I bet we can give a lot of that stuff to the church tag sale. Or, we could combine our things with the Jones family’s; they’re planning a tag sale on Saturday. 2011 (acc) Vaux–Golder Dial. Surv. (Internet), Terms . . for a sale of unwanted items on your porch, in your yard, etc. [Tag sale, with 3.6% of the responses, is reported chiefly from the Nth, esp sNEng and the NYC metro area.]
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