This great article was originally found on familyfrugalfun.com and it’s such a great way to make sure you’re finding all of the deals at your fingertips, that we had to share it with our readers as well! Thanks again to Family Frugal Fun!
It’s definitely true, one man’s junk is another man’s treasure! I can’t even begin to tell you how many great finds I’ve found at yard sales. When it gets to be this time of the year, I can’t help but get a little giddy that yard sales are popping up in big numbers every weekend! I’ve been amazed at the great deals I’ve found and if you play your cards right, you can find great deals, too!
1. Big tip if you’re searching for specific things… Don’t Bring The Kids!
Let’s face it. Kids have meltdowns when they see things they want. We end up spending more money because there is a cute little trinket that is cheap, and we cave! But… it’s money you wouldn’t have spent if the little ones would have stayed at home. Save yourself the stress!
2. Make a Budget
If you really are able to stay strict with yourself, you’ll bring a specific amount of money with you and won’t be able to spend more once it’s gone. Most yard sales will only take cash, so it’s easy not to be tempted to pull out the plastic once the cash is gone. And… bring smaller denominations, as you usually aren’t going to be buying big ticket items at a yard sale.
3. Make a List
Make sure you know what you’re looking for, or your budget has the chance to get away from you pretty quickly! Granted, you might find a couple steals that you just can’t pass up, but for the most part, make sure you know specifically what you’re after before you step foot out of your house!
4. Haggle, Haggle, Haggle!
Haggling is the true art of a yard sale! Many times, sellers will set their prices a little higher because they expect people to come in and make a deal. So figure out what is on your list and what your top dollar will be once you find it, because that’s where you’ll know your budget is going to stay! If you can’t agree on the price you are willing to pay for it, you’ll have to refrain from making the sale. It can be hard, but making sure you’re paying a fair price on both ends will ensure you stay on budget and find the best deal!
5. Wait Until the End of a Sale And You Might Find Better Deals
True… a lot of the things you’re looking for could potentially have already been sold, but you also might find a big steal since sellers don’t want to have to pack the items away again! It’s a bit of a gamble, but it’s also the best time to find the biggest deals!
6. Work Out Bundle Deals
Have you ever watched American Pickers? They tend to do a lot of deals by doing bundles. It’s basically where you offer a specific price for multiple items instead of buying them all separately. If there are 3 items for $10 that you want, offer them $25 for the bundle instead of paying $30 for everything. You’ll be surprised how effective this strategy can be!
7. Plan Your Strategy and Route
Make sure you know where all of the yard sales are in the area you plan to shop in and plan your route accordingly. You don’t want to waste money on gas by going back and forth and not knowing which sale you’ll hit up next, so plan your route to hit all of the yard sales in succession!
Now those tips sound totally doable, don’t they? You’ll be amazed what you will be able to come away with and when you have a plan and tips in the back of your mind, you’ll always walk away with more for your money!
Original article and image credit: 7 Secret Tips to Yard Sale Bargains