How To Get The Best Deals at Yard Sales

If you are in the market for a bargain, a yard sale is a great place to be.  Here are some tips on How To Get The Best Deals at Yard Sales!

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At garage sales, you will find treasures you never knew you were looking for along with items you were hoping to find and usually, the price is just right. Shopping at yard sales is not only fun, but can help your family save money, especially with these tips to get the best deals!

1) Know When To Go

The day can make all the difference. For instance, Yard Sales that happen on Sundays are often leftovers from Saturday’s sale the seller is trying to get rid of quick. This means they are often in a bargaining mood. Also, the time of day matters. If you go at the end of the day on a one-day sale, you may be able to get great deals on items because the seller is tried and just wants their stuff gone now. This doesn’t mean you can’t haggle for a great deal other times of the day, but most sellers are more open to it at this point.

2) Have The Right Supplies

Have a bin in your car to keep your treasures in when you are hopping from sale to sale. There is nothing worse than getting your stuff home and discovering that something got broken. It isn’t a good deal if you can’t get it home in one piece.

3) Know Which Sales To Hit Up

Check for patterns or ask other yard salers where the best prices are in town. Church or school fundraiser yard sales often have things marked pretty low price because they are trying to get rid of stuff and make whatever they can for the fundraiser. More expensive prices are found in moderate to well off areas of most cities, but you also get the better stuff.

4) Know The Value

Don’t get tricked into buying something that is off-brand for nearly full price just because it is in great condition. It is still used. Take your phone with you and look things up on eBay to see if they are at a great price at the sale before you buy.

5) Get Ready To Negotiate

You don’t have to be that person that is trying to pay next to nothing for something, but you can usually get a dollar or two knocked off an item if you are nice about it. One rule of thumb with haggling: Don’t insult the seller or the item. Remember, you are buying someone’s personal possessions and they may hold some sentimental value. That chair with the stains that is missing a part in the cutout that you want for a make-over project might be someone’s grandmother’s chair that holds fond memories. The best way to get a great deal is to say what you like about it and engage in a conversation about it and then politely ask if they could come down on a price or give deal on a set of something. Also, know when to stop haggling. If they are getting restless, it is definitely time to stop. If the item is something you really want, leave them your phone number and tell them to give you a call if they don’t sell it and are willing to come down on it.

6) How To Get The Most Value

If you happen to go to a yard sale that has a bag sale on clothing, make sure you don’t just stuff clothing in it. Either fold tightly or roll up clothes to get the most in the bag. Think of it as you would if you were packing a suitcase.

7) Shop Like You’re At The Store

Always get a receipt on big ticket items like furniture or electronics. This way, the seller knows you already paid (in case it is done in shifts) when you come back to get it.

8) Ask Questions

If you don’t see what you’re looking for, don’t be afraid to ask the seller if they have it. Maybe they do, but it’s not in the yard, or maybe they forgot to put it out. Or, even better, maybe they own it and if you ask them about it, they will consider selling it to you!

9) Know Thy Neighborhood

This is an awesome tip to finding some valuable items! Scout out the wealthier sections of town for a nicer selection, or check out the older houses in the historic section where you may find valuable antiques!

10) Got Cash?

And last, but not least, carry cash on you. Most sellers won’t take personal checks!

Are there any successful garage sale tips that you use? Leave us a comment!

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