How to Find Treasures at Garage Sales
Posted on Wednesday, October 24th, 2012 at 6:12 am
Want to find some really great stuff at garage sales? There are some things you can do to increase your odds of finding the treasures instead of the trash. Following these simple tips will give you an advantage over the rest of the garage sale shoppers.
How to Find Great Deals at Garage Sales
Tip One: Know where to go
Most garage sales happen on Saturdays or Sundays, (when people have the day off of work). Some will start as early as Thursday or Friday. Before you go, check your local newspaper, and Craigslist, and write down the addresses of the garage sales. See what the Garage Sales Tracker website can tell you. Plan out your route. Make a map or use an app to help you. Don’t waste time running around searching for garage sales when you could be shopping at them!
Tip Two: Visit the rich neighborhoods.
People who make more money than you do are going to have great stuff at their garage sales! They can afford to frequently shop at the stores that you have to save up to shop at. This is a good way to find designer clothing and purses, expensive (and barely used) kitchen gadgets, and maybe even some nice jewelry. There could be dishes from Pottery Barn or gently used treadmills and stationary bikes.
Tip Three: Don’t wear brand new clothes.
Okay, I admit, this might sound a bit sneaky. They say that a first impression is important. If you look rich, the person holding the garage sale isn’t going to be as willing to negotiate with you on prices. Wear “regular clothes”, and you might get a better deal on the things that you want to buy. In other words, change out of your business or church clothing before shopping the garage sales.
Tip Four: The time of day is important.
Don’t be the person standing on the sidewalk, looking at your watch, waiting for the garage sale to open. That said, it is good to arrive early. This gives you the chance to see all the stuff before someone else has the chance to pick over it. Another option is to show up closer to noon. By now, the people holding the garage sale are tired of it, and might be willing to sell you things for a lower price than they first intended.
Tip Five: Look for barely used kitchen gadgets.
There are a lot of people who buy a juicer, or a bread maker, and only use it once before losing interest. You might be able to pick one up for a much lower price than if you bought it at the store!