7 Tips For Getting The Best Stuff at Garage Sales
If there is one topic I’m comfortable and confident giving advice in, it would be that of: How to get the best stuff at garage sales.
My apartment is filled with awesome garage sale finds, from antique furniture and home decor items to pretty dishes and kitchen gadgets.
Besides being a hobby, garage sale-ing is also a way for me to get practical goods for cheap.
Cooking Items You’re Sure To Find At Garage Sales
You may be wondering how garage sale tips apply to cheap recipes. Quite well, actually.
I often buy dishes, kitchen appliances, cloth napkins, kitchen tools, food photography props, and other gadgets at garage sales. As someone who hits hundreds of yard sales each year (for real), I feel confident saying that these are some items you a pretty much guaranteed to find if you hit enough sales:
- Cups and mugs
- Cake pans
- Plastic mixing bowls
- Plastic storage containers
Tips For Getting the Best Stuff at Yard Sales
So here they are, 7 tips for scoring the best deals and items at garage sales:
1: Go Early
This is absolutely critical. Unlike retail stores, garage sales don’t stock multiples of items. Once an item is gone, it’s gone. The best stuff goes early, so be ready to shop when the sale starts.
2: Go On The First Day
If I see a sign for a garage sale on Saturday that started the day before, I don’t go. Most of the time, the selection is pretty bad after day one. Your time will be better spent looking for a new sale.
3: Hit Neighborhood Or City-Wide Sales
But keep in mind, there are going to be more people competing for the items, so start early.
4: Search For Garage Sales Online Or In Newspapers
I always check Craigslist or Facebook marketplace for local yard sales. The classified section is another place to find yard sale listings.
5: Bring Small Bills And Change
Not all sales have change for larger bills.
6: Bring Your Own Bag
Bring a large bag with you to carry your items. In neighborhood-wide sales, you can avoid multiple trips to the car to unload your items – saving time and allowing you to hit more sales early on.
7: Know When To Negotiate
Negotiating is somewhat expected at yard sales. While it’s not always necessary to barter at a garage sale if prices are low, don’t be afraid to ask for a lower price.
My Garage Sale Finds
Here are some of the goods I have found at garage sales over the years: