How to Score Big at Yard Sales


How to Score Big at Yard Sales

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Knowing how to look for great deals and how to bargain are keys to getting a bargain at a yard sale.

Step 1: Make a list
Make a list of specific items you’re looking for. Include things like garden equipment and tools – things that you don’t need right away and can hold out for a bargain on.

Step 2: Look in fancy neighborhoods
Watch for signs in affluent neighborhoods. People with more disposable income have a higher rate of inventory turnover, so their items will likely be in better condition.

Step 3: Look for block sales
Look for block sales. Block sales save you travel time and you can cover more ground more quickly.

Step 4: Arrive early
Arrive early to get the best deals at each sale. Yard sales typically begin at 8 or 9 a.m., and the best stuff goes quickly.

Step 5: Bring cash, tools, and bags
Bring cash to purchase items; tools to take apart items that are too big to get into your vehicle; and bags to carry away smaller items.

Measure objects to make sure the sizes will work for you. Check items carefully for signs of mold or mildew.

Step 6: Don’t be afraid to haggle
Negotiate prices or bundle items and offer a low price. Prices are never firm and sellers expect to do some haggling.

Drive an older car. If you show up in a fancy car, sellers are less likely to give you a deal.

Step 7: Don’t buy impulsively
Don’t buy items impulsively – you’ll bring things home you’ll have to sell or give away later.

Did You Know?
Did you know? The Highway 127 Sale is the world’s longest yard sale. In 2009, it stretched 654 miles, encompassing five states, from Alabama to Ohio.