What Not to Buy at Garage Sales
Posted on Tuesday, June 17th, 2014 at 7:00 am
You never know what you will find at a garage sale. That’s part of the fun! As the saying goes, “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure”. The way to get the best deals at a garage sale is to understand what not to buy. Here are some tips to help you avoid making an impulse buy that you will regret later on.
3 Items Not to Buy at Garage Sales
Don’t buy clothing that might not fit.
The clothing you find at a garage sale is used. It may not match the size that is printed on the tag. The item could have shrunk or have been stretched out. Garage sales do not have changing rooms for you to try on the clothing.
There are people who can hold a piece of clothing against their bodies and instantly know whether or not it will fit them. Everyone else is taking a guess. Be aware that the clothing you purchase may not fit you. Avoid spending a lot of money on what could be a “gamble”.
Don’t buy the really cute dress that is one size smaller than what you wear. It is extremely unlikely that you are going to lose enough weight to fit into that dress (especially if it has been shrunk).
Don’t buy broken things.
Avoid the items that are labeled “as-is”. This is a sign that the item does not work or is broken. People sell broken things assuming that someone who has the skills and knowledge to fix them will come along and buy them.
Don’t buy things that are broken unless you happen to be an expert at fixing that type of thing. Don’t buy it unless you already have all the necessary parts and components required to fix it at your house. You might be tempted to buy something that needs fixing because it is at a low price. The price rises when you realize all the stuff you must purchase in order to fix it.
Don’t buy items for resale.
Something at a garage sale catches your eye. It is absolutely fine to buy one or two random things for a couple of dollars. That’s exactly how garage sales are supposed to work.
Problems happen when people start viewing garage sales as “stock” for their eBay store. In general, if you bought an item for less than $5.00 you won’t be able to sell it for more than that online. Is it really worth your time and effort to try and resell it for so little money? There is a chance that you won’t find a buyer and will end up stuck with an item that you don’t even like.