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I come from a long line of diehard garage salers. At 86, my grandmother still spends her early weekend mornings organizing her list of sales into geographical order, then flitting from one to another, collecting more linen sets and oversize wooden spoons than her overflowing garage can hold. I used to tag along, and deep down I loved garaging, too, but I could never quite get over my fear of being seen at a sale. How embarrassing to be caught coveting someone else’s castaways! But perhaps if there had been some loud music to distract me at the sales, I might still be searching the classifieds on Saturday mornings. Or maybe I can check out Rock ’n’ Shop, with DJ Neville Chamberlain and D-Mac providing the soundtrack to the coolest garage sale around. After all, my grandma’s favorite sales didn’t specialize in Black Flag records or the overspill from hipsters’ closets. And who’d be embarrassed to be caught coveting “Gothic inspired” hair fashions, “sideshow-related books, posters, and other paper goods,” or handmade vegan soap? The bargains start at 8:30 p.m. on the Black Cat’s Mainstage, 1811 14th St. NW. Free. (202) 667-7960. (Rebecca Corvino)