There’s a ton of things we expect when summer comes around, like hot weather, barbecues and yard sales. Yes, the yard sale is a quintessential part of the summer weekend schedule. Truth be told, a lot of us love yard sales not because we especially need anything, but because it’s fun.
It’s like the adult form of a treasure hunt. You never know what you’re going to find and you could actually find a real treasure that someone has stored away in their attic for years. Although most yard sale items cost a fraction of the retail price, there are still ways you can score further deals.
Now is the right time to take advantage of these sales and get amazing items ranging from children’s toys to cookware. Nothing is as rewarding as going to a garage sale and finding the item you’ve been looking for, and snagging it at a deal. Up next we’re going to tell you how to get the best deals.
Plan, Plan, and Plan
If you want to make a killing at any yard sale, you need to plan well ahead of time. You can use apps such as Yard Sale Treasure Map, which lists all the sale listings from Craigslist. This way, you can plan for which one to go to.
If you are looking for high-end items, then be sure to check in pricier neighborhoods. If you are looking for vintage, period jewelry, or antique furniture, check out neighborhoods with an elderly population.
Also, keep an eye on signs and adverts as heavily advertised yard sales tend to overprice their items; instead, go to the ones that are not advertised, there is less competition, thus lowering the price.
Visiting Time is Crucial
You can find the best selection within the first hour of a sale. But, keep in mind that you will be competing with second-hand dealers looking for items they can resell and this, of course, makes the sellers increase their prices.
If you are looking for great deals, this is not the right time to come; instead, go later in the day. Most of the sellers are willing to lower their prices so they can increase sales. An even better time is towards closing time, sellers are willing to “give items away” to get rid of them.
Although you can score some great deals later in the day, you might be left with limited stock to choose from.
Dress the Part
This doesn’t mean that since it’s a yard sale, you show up unkempt and disheveled, however, don’t come in your Sunday best. Most sellers will not budge on prices if you look like you can afford to pay more than they are asking.
Leave that fancy jewelry at home, and dress in a simple casual outfit. You might also consider bringing smaller bills, so it’s easy to pay for that $5 item if they give an excuse of having no change.
At yard sales, sellers expect buyers to negotiate, and there is nothing wrong with that. Always ask for lower prices even if it appears embarrassing and makes you feel uncomfortable. While at it, be smart, and instead of offering half the price of the amount stated, opt for bulk buying.
Also, be sure to have plenty of cash on you, it’s easier to bargain with cash than credit cards or Venmo.
Garage sales are full of beautiful and exciting items; however, before you purchase anything, ask yourself the following: Do I need it? Can I gift it to someone? Does it match my décor? What about its resale value? If an item doesn’t check any of these boxes, there is no need to purchase it, even if it’s at half price.