An avid yard sale shopper is one that shops at yard sales on a regular basis. This writer and her husband are two of these shoppers. They would shop at yard sales every weekend, if work would allow it. Their love for yard sales began when they first got together. They had even less money than they do now. They needed items for their home. These items included some furniture and kitchen items. Yard sales were the perfect places to find these items. They helped them find the items they needed and a few that just helped spruce up their home.
Through the years, they learn some tips to shopping at yard sales. These tips helped them to find the best deals. Some of these tips included:
You Have To Get Moving To Find The Best Items
The best items will be sold first. This means that you have to get up early. This was no problem for the husband. It was a problem for this writer who would rather sleep in during the mornings. This meant she would have to have the coffee ready and take it with her to motivate her eyes to stay open.
Learn To Read The Ads
Estate sales can mean that you may find some antique or vintage items. It may also mean that you can find a lot of useful items for your home such as bedding and kitchen ware. If the ad doesn’t mention a lot of antiques, you may want to check out these sales if you are looking for home items.
The Hosts Will Negotiate Prices
Prices at yard sales are not set in stone. Most hosts will negotiate their prices. They want their merchandise to sale. If they don’t sale the items, they will have to pack the items back up and that is never any fun. Plus, many items are priced at a mark-up price. These items include big ticketed items such as furniture, tools, and some electronics.
Don’t Be Afraid To Ask If You Can Try Out A Product
Some hosts will allow you try out some simple electronics or tools to see if they will work. For instance, the host may allow you power up a television set to show you that it will come on or start a weed eater. You just have to ask and step away from the crowd. The host will also help you in the process.
Don’t Take Too Much Money With You
Some sales will be filled with many temptations. Some of these temptations are items you really do not need. For this reason, you should only carry the amount of money you can really spend. If you carry too much money that will hurt your weekly or monthly budget, you may be sorry later. Remember you can’t take back items you buy at a yard sale, like you can a department store.
Inspect The Items You Buy
Once you realize you can’t return what you buy, you will begin inspecting the items more closely. This means that you need to check clothes for stains, rips, missing buttons, and non-working zippers. You need to check that games come with all pieces. You need to make sure that electronics have all parts or instruction manuals, if they are needed. You also need to make sure that all furniture is inspected for tears, dents, scratches, and even bugs.
Prices May Go Lower Later In The Day
If you can’t manage to get to the sales early in the morning, don’t completely fret about it. You can still shop the sales. You may miss some of the best bargains such as the best pieces of furniture and tools. However, you may also get the lower prices on the smaller items such as clothing, books, nick-knacks, toys, and other left over items. Later in the day, prices will normally be slashed to keep the host from packing the items back up and dealing with them.