So, Spring is here! Finally, and with Spring comes GARAGE SALES!!!
My husband absolutely loves garage sales or yard sales. He’ll soon be out early on Saturday mornings looking for that great find, whatever that may be. All in all, he has picked up some pretty remarkable items for our home. Items such as white dinner dishes, dessert dishes, teapot with sugar and creamer, blue Dutch teacups and saucers, metal decorative candle holders and unused candles, small tables, light bulbs, switch plates, electrical outlet plates, watch batteries, drills and other tools, fans, picture frames, and the list goes on. I will be sending him on a mission this garage sale season to look for a new light for our main floor bathroom. Currently, that bathroom houses an original fixture and it needs something new. Not necessarily modern and updated, but newer.
If you need something for your household, a garage sale is one of the places you can save a lot of money. It would be one of the first places I would look if I wanted something for my home or was looking for items that I use such as books, crafting supplies, gardening supplies, etcetera. If you are young and just setting up your household, don’t discount what you can purchase at a garage sale. I have seen wooden kitchen table sets, couches in good condition, bed frames and kitchen supplies. I’ve also seen appliances such as dryers that are still in good condition but the owner has switched to a new front-loading dryer and needs to move his or her old one along.
There are some tips to having a successful garage sale expedition.
- Start out early in the morning. Most sales usually don’t start until 8:00 a.m. but there are some who are set up and are ready to go at 7:00 a.m. Those who go to garage sales on a regular basis know that the “early bird gets the worm”. Starting out at 7:00 a.m. gives you the opportunity to see what goodies there are before the best items get snatched up.
- Use your pocket change that you may have collected throughout the week instead of your bills when you purchase a garage sale item. The people having the garage sale will thank you because they always need change for those who do pay with bills. Garage sale proprietors never have enough change on hand.
- If you find an item that you adore, pick it up. Keep it with you while you look at other items. My husband has found more often than naught that that item he liked was gone when he turned around to retrieve it again.
- Don’t be afraid to haggle even if an item is pretty cheap. This is what a garage sale is for. Negotiate with the item’s owner to come down a bit in price. At a garage sale I went to with my sister, my sister found a side table that she really liked. It had a sticker on it for $10.00. She asked the woman who was having the garage sale if she would take $7.00 for the table and without hesitation the woman said yes. Even if my sister did pay the $10.00, it would have been a great deal, but people are usually willing to let an item go for less, so why not ask. If they won’t come down in price, my husband has perfected a way of asking them to include another smaller item in the sale, like a candle or a dish, and most of the time the owner is willing to do this.
- Lastly, if you can’t find what you were looking for, BE PATIENT. Keep going to garage sales over the summertime. Usually you will find what you were looking for. It may be 3 weeks from now or 2 months from now, but patience will serve you well in garage sales.
Garage sales are a great way to get out in the summer, meet other people who are interested in coming up with a great find, and definitely in saving you some money. It’s amazing what someone starting out with their own apartment or house could find to furnish their place and at such a low cost. Remember though, if you have something in mind to buy, be patient and keep looking.