With the warmer temperatures finally here, many of us are heading out to our local yard sales to find some deals. If you’ve never shopped a yard sale or garage sale it can be tough to know what is a good deal. Here are some great tips for How To Find Good Deals At Yard Sales this summer. Find the treasure in someone else’s junk for the best deal this year!
1. Go to sales in higher end neighborhoods. Not to be stereotypical, but most of your expensive homes have higher quality products within them, thus the better deals at yard sales. This can vary from time to time so know that some of these items will cost more. You can however get some great deals on name brand gently worn jeans, purses, shoes and more. While typically paying no more than $5 for a pair of jeans at a yard sale is my rule – these sales could include $100 jeans for $15 that are like new.
2. Go to estate sales for furniture. Estate sales will often have tons of quality furniture at reasonable prices. You may find more older styles at these sales, but they will be far sturdier and worth your money compared to other cheap pieces you may find.
3. Shop at the end of the sale day! The best and most popular items may sell early on the first day of the sale, but the best deals for your budget are often found on the last day of the sale. When it is within a few hours of the end of the sale, many people will offer “stuff a bag” sales or even discount everything to one set low price. You can grab great deals on books, baby clothes and odds and ends in end of day sales.
4. If it is broken – leave it. We all find something that we think we can fix or find a part for, but often it ends up sitting in our garage collecting dust until our own yard sale in the future. If it is broken or needs repair, leave it where it is.
5. Haggle on prices the right way. Don’t just say, “will you take $$ instead”. Do some prep work by looking to see if you can find multiple items to purchase the seller might let you buy in “bulk” for a flat rate that is $5-$10 lower than the individual price would be. Often sellers would love to have cash in hand and junk gone so won’t mind bartering. Be reasonable with your requests. Don’t ask them to shave $100 off an item that is priced at $125.
6. Plan your route of shopping ahead of time. Check your local newspapers, Craigslist ads and other yard sale sites or groups for locations and items available. Make a list of the sales you want to check out, and the reasons you want to shop them. Then map them out by location. Start with the sale farthest away and work your way home. This saves time, confusion and helps you know your “plan of attack” when on the road between sales.
Yard sales are one of the best parts of summer time in many communities. Not only can you and your kids make some extra money for special trips to the movies or amusement parks, but you can find great deals. How to find good deals at yard sales isn’t tough. It simply takes a bit of thinking and planning. Whether you are hosting a yard sale or shopping at a yard sale this summer, make sure to keep these tips in mind.