If you are in Orlando and have a theme park fan on your holiday shopping list, you’ll want to swing by the Universal Orlando garage sale before it ends on Saturday, and stock up on dirt-cheap stocking stuffers. Once every year or so, Universal unloads unsold merchandise to its employees, annual passholders, and the generous public at a ginormous discount, and 2015’s garage sale has arrived just in time for some pre-Thanksgiving bargain hunting.
The Universal Orlando Garage Sale takes place daily through Saturday, November 21, from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. daily. The event is literally a garage sale, taking place inside the first floor of the employee parking garage at the corner Turkey Lake Road and Vineland Road. The first hours of the sale on Tuesday were reserved for Annual Passholders, but now the event is open to all; I was not asked to show ID to either enter the garage or make purchases. Enter the employee parking garage from Vineland Road via Production Plaza (just past The Bell at Universal Apartments) and park on the surface lot outside the garage, then follow the signs inside.
As you can see from these photos, the sale items are a grab bag of shirts, souvenirs, and random stuff. There majority of stock is from Halloween Horror Nights 25 (plenty of Jack shirts and pins), Harry Potter (looks like Up-Hill Spring Sprong slinkys and Weasley boxing gloves didn’t sell too well), and Margaritaville (complete your Buffett book & CD collection!).
Interestingly, there is also a large selection of Star Wars merchandise — from Princess Leia hoodies to Boba Fett underoos — which indicates that Universal will no longer sell anything featuring the Disney-owned franchise.
The selection is sure to change as some items sell out and others are added, and discounts will increase as the garage sale’s end approaches. On Tuesday, I bought nearly $100 worth of merchandise for under $30, saving 70% off the last ticketed price. But by Saturday, that discount should exceed 90%, letting you buy Dora the Explorer toys and Hogwarts luggage tags for pennies on the dollar.
Happy hunting, and happy holidays!