Use these garage sale tips to get the best deals without wasting time and money.
Shopping Garage Sales Tips – How to get the best deals at Garage Sales
You can get great deals at garage sales, but if you don’t know what you are doing you could end up wasting time and money. First and foremost, I recommend setting a budget for yourself. A monthly budget template is incredibly helpful as it can identify how much you can spend each week.
Then, follow these steps to get the best deals.
How to get deals at garage sales.
Just ask for deals
When you are looking for something in particular, just ask. They may have it or be willing to go in their house and sell it to you.
Be the last customer to score a great deal
Go at the end of the sale because the sellers will be highly motivated to get rid of their stuff.
Map your route
Come up with a plan so you are not backtracking and wasting time and gas.
Bring a list
Have a list of family clothing sizes and house measurements. In addition, bring a tape measure with you to make sure furniture will fit.
Look for items in original packages
These will be worth more and bring in more income if you plan on selling them.
Shop at church or other organization’s rummage sales
They don’t have emotional ties to the items and are more willing to sell them cheaper to get the money.
Know How to Bargain
You will have better luck at bargaining at garage sales if you are buying lots of items. In addition, garage sale sellers are more likely to bargain at the end of the day.
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