Yard sales, tag sales, garage sales… doesn’t matter what you call them – they are a bargain hunter’s paradise. Of course, maximizing time and dollars are key to a great treasure hunt!
Maximize your money:
- Don’t be afraid to negotiate. Most people are not offended at a lower offer. They want to get rid of their items, and you want a good deal. Negotiating does not mean you are cheap. It only means you do not agree on the value yet.
- Ask for the price. Sometimes nice items will be unmarked – don’t be nervous to find out how much they want or offer what you’d pay. It may have just been overlooked in the haste of getting everything out for sale.
- Carry small bills and change. They make paying faster, plus it looks better if you’ve just negotiated a lower price.
- Get a sense of ‘expected value’. Glance at the prices as you approach. This will communicate instantly if you’ll be seeing eye-to-eye on value. If prices are around your thinking, bargains could be abounding. If not, leave before you spot something you can’t live without, and end up overpaying for it.
- Make a cheat sheet. Keeping a list of what you actually need helps you say no to impulse buys.
- Don’t buy something just because “someone might be able to use it someday“. Only buy items you have a plan for. Otherwise, you’re just accumulating more unneeded items at your house.
Maximize your time:
- Check the internet for information on block, church, and multi-family sales. Plot your route around these, hitting individual sales as you go.
- Evaluate ‘stage-of-life’. Larger items reveal the stage of life the sellers are in. For example, you may want to skip a sale with baby toys and a stroller out front, if you are not shopping for baby items.
- Do the ‘drive-by decision’. Most people put the best stuff out front, closest to the road – so if what you see you consider junk, move on. Other items are likely to be more of the same.
- Ask if they have what you’re looking for. If you’re on the hunt for a particular item, ask right away. This will not only save time, but help you not miss that perfect find.
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