Shopping at garage sales should involve strategy, if you are looking to get rock-bottom prices on other people’s things. In fact, it is often better to peruse garage sales than to shop at thrift stores. There are no overhead costs at garage sales, such as mark-up to compensate for salaries.
In addition, the advantage of garage sales is that people often underestimate the value of the things they want to get rid of, which can maximize your purchasing power. Read on to discover some garage sale money saving tips that you may not be aware of.
Shop Garage Sales in the Morning
Garage sale shopping is most effective either first thing in the morning or towards the end of the day. Which time is best for you depends on what your mission might be. If you are looking for something particular that is popular and will sell quickly – for example, a baby crib or antiques – then you will want to shop garage sales first thing in the morning. However, if you are looking for a deal, you definitely want to shop garage sales in the afternoon when the sellers are tired and ready for someone to take their stuff off their hands. The worst part of holding a garage sale is cleaning up afterwards and having to bring all the “junk” back inside, so quite you will find people more or less giving things away.
Wear your Poker Face While Shopping Garage Sales
If you see something you like, do not squeal in delight and go on and on about how you have been looking for the time forever and have to have it. When you show your interest, it diminishes your capability to haggle. Acting as if you have to have an item also draws other people over like vultures; no one wants something until someone else wants it. The more people interested in the same item, the less likely you will be able to get the seller to come down on the price.
Haggle, Haggle, and Haggle.
Do not feel bad about asking if you can buy that game at $1 instead of $5. At garage sales, the sellers expect you to haggle and consider negotiating part of selling. It does not hurt to ask to bring the price down, and the worst the seller can say is no. Usually, offer lower than you are ready to pay because sellers will usually agree to somewhere in-between the price you suggest and what they are asking. For instance, if you want to pay $5 for an item and they are asking $10, start by offering them $3 or $4 for the item, then work your way up to $7 or $8. If there’s something you want for a cheaper price, the seller won’t budge, and you don’t mind if you don’t get the item, come back later in the day. If the item is still for sale, the seller will probably offer a price cheaper than what you were asking just to get rid of it.
Finding Garage Sales
There are several ways to find garage sales, but the best way is to look online at some of the sites such as craigslist or your local newspaper. If you have “Streets & Trips” or some other software that will map out locations, that is ideal. There are also online map programs that you can input locations and print out directions. If you do not get a chance to look up sale locations or cannot find any, you can usually drive down one of the main streets in a suburban area and find garage sales. However, beware of old signs that have not been taken down and look for the date on the sign to make sure it is for today.