#CTST: garage sale finds and also interacting with interesting people while shopping in neighborhoods!
Here are a few tips I’ve picked up during my yard sale exploits. Do you care to share any of yours?
- 1. Choose to yard sale in an area that is more upscale that your own. However, there are exceptions. I found a Canon camera lens at a garage sale on the side of a highway. You never know.
- 2. Selection is better earlier in the morning. However, you may get a lower price if you go mid-day or later, as people want to get rid of items.
- 3. Go to multi-family garage sales first, then make your way to smaller sales within the same neighborhood.
- 4. Take a large vehicle with you, in case you find something large you can’t live without. There are risks. My friend Sandy lost her drive train as we exited a garage sale one day. It made an incredibly loud, horrible sound. Guess our load was too heavy?
- 5. If you’re in a smaller town or close to your home, some sellers will deliver the item.
- 6. Sometimes people will sell you other items that are still in the house or garage, if you ask. I bought an antique table from a lady who was just about to close up shop. She invited my mom and I into her house and asked us to make an offer on something if we were interested. Really!
- 7. Garage sale with a friend and let them know you’re looking for something in particular. That way, you have a better chance of finding an item if you both have it in mind.
- 8. Buying items together allows you to ask for a group discount. “Would you consider selling all six for $5?” Remember, the worst thing that can happen is that a person says “no.”
- 9. Pack newspaper so if you’ve bought breakables, you can wrap them or separate them from others; put a few empty boxes in your car for easy carrying in of items when you’re finished.
- 10. Look up addresses of promising sales listed in the newspaper the night before. You’ll save time heading from sale to sale and you can visit more sales in an area before moving on.
- 11. If there’s something you’re interested in, pick it up. Observant sellers may approach you, tell you more about the item and offer you a discount if they think you’re interested. My friend Sandy almost bought the purse right off of my arm during a garage sale. Luckily, it was already mine 😉
- 12. Lastly, consider wearing a disguise. There was a first-ever community garage sale held at a local park and it was covered by the two local news stations. If my husband didn’t know I was garage sailing, he did after watching the 6 p.m. newscast! People I worked with said they saw me on TV but it wasn’t for promoting one of our organization events, it was for garage sailing with my friend in the sweltering heat. Being shown hot and sweaty on TV with no makeup was not my finest hour! Luckily I wasn’t fighting that elderly person for the homemade pasta maker at the time. That would not have been pretty.