Yard Sale Tips



It’s that time of year when everyone is cleaning out their stuff and have yard sales. I use to go out quite often, now I look forward to sleeping in!!

Here are some tips to make your’ morning go smoother.

  • Bring change and small bills. It’s awkward if you buy something for $1.00 and hand over a $20.00 bill.
  • Wear comfy shoes. One time I did not and found a great neighborhood sale and regretted not wearing my sneakers.
  • Bring snacks and drinks. Especially if your toting children! While it’s nice to buy cookies and lemonade from the sales, you won’t always find them.
  • Wear sunscreen and don’t forget your sunglasses and hat. The morning sun is brutal!
  • Bring a screwdriver to open up battery compartments to look for corrosion.
  • A map. You can buy a street map of your neighborhood or use google.
  • Wipes or hand sanitizer. You touch a lot of stuff!
  • Look inside CD’s, movies and appliances Make sure you are getting what you think you are.
  • If you think a price is too high – haggle. I never used to do this, but tried it out a few weeks ago and it worked. All they can say is no.
  • If you think you might want something, carry it around with you while you shop so someone else doesn’t come along and get it.

If your shopping for kids clothes and find someone who’s child is a little older than yours, ask the owner if you can get first dibs on clothes before the next sale. I’ve done this before and it’s a great idea! I asked the owner if she would call me before the next sale and she took my name and email.

And last but not least – Don’t get discouraged if you don’t find a lot of good deals. There’s always next week.


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  1. I love me a good yard sale! Great tips for sure, I learned the lower bills early on! I had a few say I don’t have change to give you back when I handed them a $20.

  2. You definitely need the sunscreen in South Florida, great tips!

  3. It’s almost time to go rummaging through other people’s stuff! πŸ™‚ I saw a few sales last weekend when the weather was beautiful. It’s cold and icky here again in Chicago.

  4. These are great tips. Getting there early is really the main thing that I try to do, as our sales get swamped later.

  5. Never thought to plan ahead for yard sales but these are great tips. I’ve experienced that awkward feeling for bargaining for a low price then pulling out a large bill. Not nice πŸ˜›

  6. You had me at yard sales! Haggling is something I’m sure not afraid of doing. πŸ˜‰

  7. For some reason haggling doesn’t work for me! The seller always stays firm in their price and rarely ever wants to make a deal. I’ve seen a lot of stuff not sell because the cost is too high.

  8. What great tips! I like the one about wipes or hand sanitizer I always have it on hand, but for those that don’t, it’s a great idea. Also I bring my own re-usable bags to tote everything I buy.

  9. Great tips, I have to have the sanitizer!! lol

  10. Check boxes for pests. They can host pests.

  11. I love to go to yard sales but it seems, with my work schedule, I don’t get the chance to much anymore. Those are all great tips, especially the one about bringing a screwdriver to open up battery compartments.

  12. Great tips! Definitely need the sunscreen!

  13. Great idea about the sanitizer and opening battery compartments to check for corrosion!

  14. These are great tips, and dontcha love the person that clears out the whole till with a $20 or $50? πŸ˜‰

  15. I have not gone yard sale hopping in ages and I really miss it. There is something super fun about exploring other people’s treasures.

  16. My best friend asked me if I wanted to have a yard sale with her soon, so these tips will come in handy.

  17. These are some great tips for going to yard sales. I haven’t been to one in a long time. I’m trying to stick to essentials and not collect and clutter my home.

  18. Great tips. There were so many garage sales over the weekend but we had so much to do here at home before the rain came that we couldn’t get away to any of them. Hubby and mil are taking three kiddos thrift store shopping today though. Hope they find some good deals!

  19. Comfy shoes are a must! Thanks for all these helpful tips.