Monday, June 14, 2010

Thrifty Strategies- Garage Sales

Some recent garage sale finds by me, my mom, and my husband, including a $1 exersaucer.

Where can you buy a side table, package of swim diapers, a cooler, baby clothes, some work gloves, a board game, and an exersaucer, all for a total of less than $5? At garage sales! Garage sales are hit-and-miss, sometimes you hit the jackpot and sometimes you come up short. Here are some strategies to make the most of your time (and money).
  • Use Craigslist to find garage sales near you. There is a whole header under the For Sale section. You can search on the location and/or on specific items or categories.
  • Once you have a list of several sales, use Google Maps to develop the best route, and print it out so you can find your way.
  • Once on the road, if you see a sign for a sale that's not on your list, stop in. You never know what you might find!
  • Bring lots of change and small bills, I use this as an opportunity to empty out our change jar
  • Don't be afraid to bargain or to offer one price for a group of several items
  • Go in with a list of what you're looking for and try to stick to it
  • Make sure the items you buy are in good condition and not broken. Wash and/or disinfect all items, especially things for babies or children.
I learned my garage sale strategies from my mom, who has made some amazing finds over the years. Especially recently with items for our baby, including a swing for $20 that sells in stores for $150, a bike trailer, and all kinds of baby clothes for 25 cents or less each piece. Give it a try, you might find some treasures!

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