For the Yard Sales photo series, Chicago-based photographer Greg Ruffing chose to document the fascinating world of yard sales in America. Ruffing visited homes whose owners were selling their possessions either because their homes were foreclosed, they were moving or were simply looking to get rid of unwanted items for cash.
The resulting photos capture the massive heaps of household belongings and random items. Ruffing's photos employ a surprisingly sensitive gaze to look beyond the business aspect of yard sales and look into the human sentiment and struggle that underpins them.
Some of the items for sale and captured in the Yard Sales photo series stand out more than others. However, all of them were either sold out of economic necessity, death or some major life transition, driving home the fact that even objects that are unwanted once meant something to somebody.
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