• Amanda Vanderbeek

    Amanda Vanderbeek

    Class of 2012
    Ely, MN
    Elementary education

    Amanda's Bio:
    I grew up in the Twin Cities, but now live up in Ely, MN near the BWCA, where my family has been for the last 7 years. I have three brothers, who I adore, and I enjoy fishing, playing basketball, and rough housing with them whenever I can. My mom has been a daycare provider since I was born, which served as inspiration for me to pursue a degree in Elementary education. I also love to paint, draw, and DANCE! I have been dancing for twenty years and am a dance instructor in Superior, WI....I can't imagine a life without it!

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    Aurora, CO
    Biology and Chemistry (Pre-Med)

    Shauney Moen

    Graduate Student
    Oak Grove, MN
    Doctorate of Physical Therapy

    Shivani Singh

    Mumbai, India
    Management & Marketing

    Malvern Madondo

    Harare, Zimbabwe
    Mathematics & Computer Science

  • Jason Chavez

    Minneapolis, MN
    Psychology, Organizational Behavior, and Social Work

    Conrado Eiroa Solans

    Madrid, Spain
    Psychology Major, Biology minor

    Kathryn McCarrick

    Saint Paul, MN
    Elementary Education

    Laila Zemar

    Casablanca, Morocco
    Biochemistry, Biology and Pre-med

  • Brooke Elvehjem

    Mora, MN

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    East Bethel, MN
    Exercise Physiology for Pre-Physical Therapy

    Laura Salazar

    Bogotá, Colombia
    Marketing and Business Management

    Daniela Moreno Gomez

    San Salvador, El Salvador
    Computer Information Systems and Finance

  • Bryan Chavez

    Richfield, MN
    Accounting and Finance

    Takudzwa Munjanja

    Gweru, Zimbabwe
    Health Information Management, CIS minor

    Halle Nystrom

    Graduate Student
    Fargo, ND
    M.S. Health Information Management

    Yael Ikoba-Ndjip

    Brussels, Belgium
    Accounting Major; Finance minor

  • Neena Koslowski

    Apple Valley, MN

Garage Sale Like a Pro!

Summer always brings TONS of garage sales in the community and surrounding area, and the goods at these garage sales can range from gold to garbage.  Sometimes it is fun to just stop at a garage sale here and there to check out the stock, but if you are a really dedicated garage saler with limited time for your shopping (like me!), it is best to go to the sales with a plan.  Here’s how to do it:

1. Look for garage sales where the sellers are looking to get rid of their stuff (i.e. “Everything must go!”): These are the sales where you will get the most bang for your buck and won’t deal with overpriced junk.

2. Map out your route.  Typically, on busy garage sale weekends, local papers will list garage sales that will be taking place and state some of the main items for sale.  See which sales draw your attention and have items that may be of use to you, and prioritize your valuable time around them.

3. Be prepared.  Have cash on hand (obviously they cannot take debit or credit cards!) and dress comfortably for a long day on the hunt!

4. Hoard walk.  If you like an item and aren’t exactly sure if you will buy it or not, grab it and carry it with you.  This prevents others from buying it while you decide.

5. Ask for the price you want if it’s a little too high.  Oftentimes a seller will be willing to reduce the price if you ask politely.  Explain why you think it should be a little lower (i.e. tear, stain, etc) and be reasonable with your offer.

6. Try to attend the sale right when it opens to allow for maximum access to the stock.  If you wait, a lot of the goods could already be gone by the time you get there!

7. Have a maximum budget in mind.  Try to develop a set amount of money you are allowed to spend during your garage saling and stick to it.  This will help prevent you from overbuying and keep your money safe.


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