Money-saving tips for shopping at garage sales

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Do you enjoy shopping at neighborhood garage sales, or have you ever thought about trying one for the first time? Garage sales can give you the opportunity to find items that are steeply discounted, or unique items that would otherwise be hard to find. And if someone in your neighborhood is having a moving sale, you may be able to score some fantastic deals, as most people who are having moving sales need to get rid of stuff as quickly as possible.

The next time you go garage sale shopping, keep some of the following tips in mind, which can help you maximize your savings:

Bring cash in different denominations

Most of the time, you’ll only have the option to pay with cash at a garage sale. Most people hosting garage sales are not equipped to accept credit cards, and they may also be unwilling to accept personal checks. Not only is it important to bring enough cash with you, but you’ll want to bring a mix of small and large bills. If the seller is unable to break a larger bill and give you change, it can be difficult to negotiate on an item’s sale price.

Timing is everything

Timing is everything when it comes to garage sale bargains, so plan to either arrive very early and when the garage sale just begins, or at the end of the day when the garage sale is winding down. There are advantages to each, so you’ll just want to decide which approach you prefer. By arriving first thing, you’ll have first pick at the merchandise, so this means you’ll get to choose the best and lowest priced items. If you arrive at the end of the day, you may have not much of a selection, but this may be when you get the best discounts. If the sellers are eager to clear out their inventory before they wrap everything up—which more often than not, they are—they be willing to practically give away any remaining items.

Make an offer

As a garage sale shopper, know that the sticker price is not meant to be the final price. Feel free to make offers and try to haggle a better price on anything you’re interested in, no matter how low the sticker price may already be. If the seller won’t budge on the pricing, ask if you can receive a discount by purchasing multiple items.

Resell items

Use garage sales as an opportunity to not just buy items that you need, but to make some extra cash as well. If you see a terrific bargain, you may want to snatch it up, even if it’s a product you don’t have a particular need for. Consider selling it at your own yard sale, or selling it online.


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Nothing above is meant to provide financial, tax, or legal advice. You should meet with appropriate professionals for such services.

Tags: bargain shopping, garage sales, negotiating, selling online

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