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Yard Sale Shopping Tips

yard sale shopping tips

Are you getting excited for yard sale season?  I am!  I love to stop at garage sales because you never know what kind of great finds you will come across.  I have fond memories of “yard-saleing” with my Granny.  She loved a good yard sale.  Well a good bargain anywhere for that matter.

I asked my sister to share some tips for shopping at yard sales with you.  She says that when she goes to yard sales she basically look for the same tips that she suggests for holding a successful yard sale.

1.  She won’t stop at the ones that either everything is piled on the ground with no order whatsoever.

2.  She will not purchase anything from a yard sale where nothing is priced.

3.  She looks in the newspaper before hand and makes a plan of the addresses she wants to go to, in order so that you aren’t backtracking all over town. It is fine to stop at the ones that aren’t advertised also but it gives you kind of a game plan.

4.  You can always haggle over prices, but be fair about it, don’t be stingy, if you have picked it up you are already willing to buy it. Be friendly and respectful and consider haggling with the price.

5.  Watch out for animals running free, especially if you have young children.

6.  Carry lots of small bills and change so that if you do haggle down a price you can pay with the exact change.

7.  Bring snacks and drinks with you so you don’t have to pay out of pocket or make stops.

8.  Bring a reusable shopping bag with you for shopping ease.

9.  Wear comfortable clothes and shoes.

10.  Have fun!

Hopefully these tips help you score some deals at yard sales this season!  Do you have any tips to share?



  1. Aimes says

    Such a good point about haggling on an item before you even pick it up!
    My husband taught me that and so far this piece of advice has been gold!
    We also frequent the flea markets around here, before we have to make a purchase at Kmart, lowes or any where else…….i would rather give entrepreneurs and disabled booth owners my money before I hand it over to walmart!

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