By Mya Kalt, Garage Sale Expert
How to Garage sale like a pro.
1.Plan what items you are searching for
You may not be shopping at your local department store ,but having a good plan will lead to a productive day of shopping.
Where and when you shop will be narrowed down by this. Think do I need furniture, clothes ,vintage ,or everyday basics when looking for where to start.
2. ADS-READ AND PLAN YOUR DAY
Since the cost of gas is at it all time high, try to hit a multiple locations within minimal driving distance. Look for neighborhood , charity ,and clusters of individual sales.
Using search engine web sites will simplify this task.
By viewing listings on a map you can narrow down a section of town you want to focus on.
Some suggested sites are:
Pay attention to start times and ad comments.
Early birds welcomed means you may show up 30 min to start time. Hit these first so you can get more sales in on one day.
More experienced sellers will list key words or items to lure you to their sale. This will help narrow down which one you may want to hit first.
Look for signs on the way- some sales will be impromptu, so be prepared to stop at a few unplanned on the way.
If you are searching for children clothes, toys, or baby items you are best seeking Yard sales that are held in subdivision with newer homes .Young couples and families are attracted to these neighborhoods .
If you are seeking designer digs or high end items look for sales that are in condo’s, uptown , or high rent district areas. Single professionals or well established homes are more likely to spend money on a nice coffee table or Gucci shoes since their life style warrants this.
Antiques, vintage items and art are more likely to be found in older neighborhoods where people tend to move less. Or have an appreciation for classic architecture.
While nothing is fool proof -think your needs before you head out.
5. CASH IS KING
Make sure you have plenty cash before heading out.
While some people may take your personal checks, most are Leary to do this. Remember to bring smaller bills when shopping. Some people do not accept $50 or $100 bills and they are not going to be eager to make change for a $5 purchase and leave them without change for the rest of their customers
If you think you want something pick it up and decide later.
You can always put it back, but once it is gone there is no going back.
However please do not grab things you are not interested in. This is inconsiderate for the seller and fellow shoppers.
DO NOT OFFER CRAZY OFFERS FIRST THING IN THE MORNING.
½ off tagged price is ok towards the end of the sale however suggesting this first thing can insult your seller and cause a shut down for any further negotiations.
TREAT PEOPLE THE WAY YOU LIKE TO BE TREATED.
SAY THANK YOU AND PLEASE. MANNERS GO A LONG WAY.
Remember to bring empty boxes, blankets ,and rope to help cart away your goodies
8. HAVE FUN, YARD SALES CAN BE AN ADVENTURE
While shopping is hard work, it also can be fun and rewarding. You meet interesting people, save money, and can find items that may not fit that cookie cutter image.
So grab a friend, family member, and enjoy your journey.