Its garage sale season and you’re ready to start bargain hunting! Love the enthusiasm but before you get out there, here are a few time and money saving tips to make your garage sale-ing adventure a success:
Plan Ahead: Streamline your buying trip by knowing where the sales are ahead of time and which ones you want to attend so you can plan your day accordingly. Using Glickin.com you can favourite sales and then draw & print a route so you know exactly where to go to next. When using the app, take some time before you head out to favourite sales and then you can attend only those from your favourites list so you’re not wasting precious garage sale time trying to decide which sale to go to next.
Be an Early Bird: the best items go quickly, know the start times of sales so you can show up first to snag the stuff you want. If you show up early, the seller might let you shop before the sale is officially open but always be polite and wait for permission to begin shopping.
Budget: Plan to spend a set amount of cash. Know what you’re looking for and make a list of the things you want to buy in order of importance to avoid overspending. Bring plenty of small bills; sellers might not always have enough change on hand.
Haggle: Don’t be afraid to negotiate for a better price, sellers often price a bit high in anticipation of haggling, just make sure you aren’t too pushy. Choose your battles wisely, if you really want an item it might be worth it to snag it fast at full price because chances are someone else will want it just as much.
Be Prepared: Bring a box or a bag to carry your purchases. If you plan to buy larger items bring a measuring tape and bungee cords to secure items in your vehicle.
Try Before Buying: When buying anything with moving parts make sure its functional before you pay for it. Typically, you cannot return items purchased at yard sales. When buying electronics look up names and models online to make sure you’re getting something reliable. Obviously some items are going to be a gamble, you likely don’t have time to count all the pieces in a 1000-piece puzzle or make sure a book isn’t missing any pages. Be sure to bring a few batteries so you can quickly try any battery operated items.
Be a Late Larry: Return to sales at the end of the day to see if anything good is left over, especially those that had good items but were a bit pricey. Sellers are far more likely to give you a lower price on the things that didn’t sell near closing time.