Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Yard Sale Tips

Here are some tips for making "garage saling" fun and worthwhile: 1. Keep a list of things you are looking for that you *know* you need or want. Often I�m looking for certain garden equipment, kitchen utensils, tools, etc. that I can live without until I find a good deal. 2. Find a good route, in a fairly affluent area, and follow the route and signs along the way. I don�t mean for this to sound snobbish, but I have often found the best quality items in more affluent areas. Generally speaking, clothes, toys, and other items are in great condition because they have a faster turnover as they replace their inventory more often. You�ll save gas by following a particular route once you�ve found an area you like rather than driving in all directions. 3. Get to know your prices, just as you do with your regular shopping. For example, I would never pay over $.25 to $.50 for a paperback book. We won�t go much higher than that. Some people are clueless about what to charge because they haven�t been to garage sales. You can find wonderful deals, or you can find things way overpriced. If I stumble on one where the items are really high, I usually walk away pretty quickly, unless they have something I�m extremely interested in purchasing. 4. Polish your negotiation skills! This is the best place in the world to practice negotiating. There are different ways to negotiate, and sometimes you can get a *feel* for how flexible the people are with their prices by listening to others making offers. I use one of two approaches. I will either say, "Are your prices negotiable? If so, what is the lowest you would go on this item?" The other approach I will use is to simply offer a certain amount based on what I am willing to pay for an item. If I have alot of items at one yard sale I will figure in head what it would be at their price and then will ask them if they would take so much for it all. Like for example - I found 7 pairs of AE & A+F jeans that would fit my husband which they had for 3.00 a pair so I asked the lady having the sale if I bought them all could I have them for 1.50 a pair!! She said yes!! All you have to do is ask - All they can do is say no and most of the time you will be very happily surprised. 5. In addition to items on your list, look for things that will make nice gifts. Keep a list of those people you need to buy gifts for and any particular interests they might have. You can find wonderful jewelry at low prices. I�ve often found board games in *like new* condition, or still packaged in the original shrink wrap. If the game has been opened, take the time to make sure all pieces are there and things look new. I also have found books in new condition for gifts. Garage sales are great for finding *specialty* gifts that might fit a particular person�s hobby or tastes. 6. You can sometimes find great deals on clothes. Go before school starts to pick up name brand clothes for your kids at low prices. 7. If you have an expensive car, use a different one for garage sales. If you drive up in an expensive car, or wearing flashy jewelry and fine furs (yeah, right!) there goes any leverage for negotiating. 8. Look for block sales. These are great because you can park your car and walk to several at once. Many areas hold annual yard sales and we track those. 9. Don�t be afraid to ask for something you might be looking for but don�t see. My husband always asks sellers if they might have any video tapes they want to offload. Many people say "just a minute," disappear into the house, and shortly we are walking away with a box of tapes we just bought for a song. 10. If you enjoy doing crafts and making gifts, garage sales are fantastic for finding craft supplies. I have found countless items such as yarn, embroidery thread, cross stitch material, stitchery kits that have never been opened, scrap material, silk flowers, lace, shadow boxes, frames, etc. I have also found many supplies for my painting hobby which makes it much more cost effective. 11. Tools, camping equipment, outdoor and indoor furniture are always available at yard sales. This can be a cost effective way to pick up what you need at prices you can afford. I would personally tend to stay away from electronic items since I don�t know much about them. If we find something that either my husband or I are pretty sure we can repair, we might take a chance if we can get a real bargain. 12. We always look for items we can resell to make a profit. We used to resell things at garage sales or through want ads. Now we have Ebay! We have made a lot of extra money over the years doing this. 13. To avoid filling up your own house with more clutter and items you won�t use, always ask yourself if you will be able to use the item you are purchasing, give it as a gift, or resell it for a profit. In my earlier days, I accumulated too much stuff just because I couldn�t resist great bargains. I have become much more picky with all purchases, including my yard sale finds. 14. Budget a certain amount per month for garage sales. Keep the money in an envelope so you will have cash for your purchases. If you buy items to give as gifts, then you might add some to your garage sale funds from your gift fund. There�s always a way to do some creative financing here. I keep a empty coffee can in the kitchen where all of our change goes. That is a great fast way to add up some garage sale money. Plus the people having the sales always need change. 15. Do research on ebay for what is "HOT" so you can be on the lookout. 16. Get the local newspaper on thrusday or friday and really map out your route - That will save you time and money in gas. 17. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes. Bring your own snacks and bottles water. 18. And the most important tip------ Have plenty of small bills and change!!!!!!!!! 1

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