Tips for Effective Garage Sale Shopping

Some people have all the luck when it comes to garage sales and yard sales. They find the coolest items for the cheapest prices. If you know someone like this, all summer long you’ll be jealous of them. Every Saturday and Sunday, it seems like, they’re posting pictures to Instagram or Facebook, showing off the great deals they got on old kitchen mixers, bicycles, and antique clocks.

Well, guess what. Your friend with the “great luck” at yard sales isn’t getting “lucky”. No, they’re implementing strategies to be an effective and prosperous garage sale shopper. Follow these tips, and maybe they’ll be jealous of you next weekend.

Check Out What’s For Sale Ahead of Time

Check our mobile app before you leave the house. You’ll not only find where and when people will be selling their old stuff, but you can also check what they’re selling, too. Take a minute to gloss through the pictures of the items for sale. You can use this knowledge to rank which garage sale you hit first.

If you were just strategizing your garage sale day based on where the sales were, you could save a bit of gas, but you might lose that amazing, antique vase or bed stand. Prioritize the garage sales with the best items, and you’ll be more likely to get the things you want.

Be a Negotiator

Remember, you’re not shopping at a retail store. You’re shopping at someone’s home, and they want to make some extra money and get rid of their old stuff. That means that the prices aren’t fixed. Don’t be afraid to haggle over items that you think are priced too high.

Don’t Look Rich

You’re not going to show up to a yard sale in Pradas and an Armani suit, of course, but make sure that you don’t show up in yoga pants that cost $100, either. You don’t want to look like you have a lot of money to throw around. If you do, you’re not likely to get the seller to come down on the price much, if any.

Do an End-of-the-Day Sweep

You can’t hit every garage sale the minute that the seller opens their cashbox. That’s why we recommend that you prioritize garage sales, yard sales, and estate sales based on what you want to buy. However, at the end of the day, you can find some really killer deals on some unexpected items. Remember, the seller really doesn’t want to have to deal with this stuff anymore. Offer to take it off their hands, and you’ll get it for a song.