Shop in your underwear

I love a bargain as much as the next guy or gal, but I don’t have time to clip, sort and collate coupons, I refuse to show up at yard sales at the break of dawn, and

I feel it’s tacky to ask for discounts at retail stores.

I prefer to shop from the comfort of my easy chair, perhaps while perusing usagiants.com or watching Dog With A Blog.

For years, ebay was my bargain shopping destination. I bought shoes, dress suits, books, movie posters, baseballs, old Associated Press wirephotos, baseball cards, even a car — 1965 Chevrolet Corvair convertible.

The only negative was waiting for items to arrive in the mail.

Waiting isn’t an issue since I discovered the Lake County Auction Show on WLBE AM-790 and online yard sales on Facebook.

The hour-long radio program consists of callers bidding on gift certificates to area businesses like Ichiban Buffet, Double Take Pizza, Breakpoint Alley, Browne’s Distributors, Umatilla Inn, Frog and Monkey, Tuffy Tire and Auto, Stavro’s, That Gun Shop, Bojangles, The Music Lounge, and lots of other business.

Most items sell for at least 20% below value. I scored a $20 gift certificate to Umatilla Inn for $12 and a $15 gift certificate to Dairy Ranch for $8. Great way to save on eating out.

The Lake County Auction Show airs at 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. each weekday.

It also pays to belong to one or more of the online yard sale sites on Facebook. People practically give things away on the sites I frequent — Lake County FL Yard Sale and Sumter County Resale. I bought an elliptical for $60 and I’ve sold all sorts of things I no longer need.

See for yourself by logging onto Facebook and typing “yard sale” into the search field.

With WLBE and Facebook, you can yard sale 24 hours a day, every day. So let the bargain hunting begin!

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