As many of you know, I am a yard sale ADDICT! The first step is to admit it right?!? I find probably 80% of my household goods/décor/clothes at garage sales. (Take a look at my house tour and you will see, it is NOT junk). You name it and I can find it. Yet, so many people say “how did you find that, I never find good stuff at yard sales?” or “you paid how much for that gorgeous mirror at yard sale!?!?!”. You have to be willing to drive around, walk around, sweat on super hot days and pick through other peoples things. To me this sounds like the best day EVA!!!! Enough said – here are my top 5 tips to get the best deals at yard sales.
#1 – Get there early or get there late
You have to get there early to get the best pick of stuff before the mad rush of crazies start taking what could be yours! (If a sale starts at 8am, you better be there at 7:45 to get the good stuff).
If you can’t make it early, go around 12:00 pm or 1:00 pm to get the BEST deals on stuff. By this time, people just want to get rid of their stuff at any price so they don’t have to lug it to Goodwill. This is also when early yard sale buyers get tired and go home.
Bargain with them!!!! I know, I know!! No one likes to be a haggler BUT with that being said, most people are willing to go down on their prices. It’s a garage sale for crying out loud, not SAKS of Fifth Avenue!! It took me a long time to ask for a different price than the one listed on the little orange tag because I was kinda embarrassed but when I realized how it easy it was, there was no holding me back. And remember, they are having a yard sale because they want to get rid of their crap. Oh you want $10 for that table? I will give you $5 because it’s all I got (until I get to the next yard sale 🙂 )
#3 – Bring your money
Bring cash in small amounts. Don’t bring a $20 dollar bill and try to bargain with them. That’s just a slap in the face. I always bring lots of $1 dollar bills and tons of quarters and pay the exact amount unless I am not bargaining with them. One time I stopped at yard sale unexpectedly and didn’t have cash on me but I really wanted this cute table for $10. I didn’t have $10 on me. So, what did I do? I searched every nook and cranny of my car and wallet and believe it or not came up with $6.75. WHAT!?!? What did I do? I took it up to the nice man selling the table and handed him a handful of change and blinked my eyes really pretty. And he even put the table in the car for me 🙂 I told him the truth, I just didn’t have cash on me and I guess he felt sorry for me. Thank you nice man!!
#4 – Go to Development Yard Sales
Now, I normally HATE, with a passion, a neighborhood yard sale. Why? Because there are just too many frantic people fast walking around like it’s nobody’s business and people driving less than speed of a turtle on Ritalin blocking up the road to see if they can just do a drive by look. (If I just explained you, please forgive me :)) But, they are oh so wonderful because you can see a lot of stuff all in one general area and when you have an over abundance of items you can bargain because you can probably get something similar at the next house over. See what I’m saying folks. If neighbor “A” won’t sell you that bookcase for the right price, you can go to neighbor “B” or “C” or “Z” because someone is bound to having something like it. And, the people selling know this so they should have their prices listed pretty well.
#5- Go on an “off” day
Times are a changin’. No more Saturday only sales people, think outside the box, clean out your car and get your yard sale pickin’ outfit on folks. I have been seeing more and more of Friday and Sunday yard sales this past year and let me tell you they are good. Most people think yard sales are only on Saturdays and they forget about those 2 other days that lead to and finish off our weekend but lately I have been hitting a lot on Friday mornings and Friday evenings. I also just went to a sale this past weekend on a sunday at 2 pm and got the best stuff!!!!! WHAT! So don’t just map out your Saturdays for a good deal because I get the best deals on Fridays and Sundays.
Got these 2 brass beauties a few months ago. See what I did with them here .
Have fun going to yard sales whether you are a newbie or are a been around the block kind-a-person like myself and remember to think outside the box. If it’s not exactly what you want, can you find a way to make it what you want? If you don’t like to up-cycle things there are plenty of goodies out there ready to be put in your home as is. Maybe they just need a little dusting or washing and they are ready to go. Some people change their décor/clothing yearly or monthly and get rid of almost new items because they are sick of them. They don’t say “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure” for nothing, right!
See more of my amazing garage sale finds here
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