I recently shared 10 Tips for holding a successful garage sale, and today I want to follow up with 10 tips for successfully shopping the garage sale. I’ve got a fair bit of experience in this area; I’ve been an avid garage sale fan since I was a teenager. And my home in my late 20s was almost exclusively furnished and decorated with garage sale and thrift store finds. Just because one person is done with something does not mean that it doesn’t hold lots of life still for another owner, and garage sales are great places to find super deals on unique items. This is one of my favourite ways to spend a summer Saturday morning.
Of course sometimes your finds need a little extra love before they find their place in your home. Since DIY is another love of mine, that’s pure bonus. I’m particularly fond of this one. I spied this rusty, stained. metal bar stand at a church sale. They were asking $2!!! How could I resist? A little cleaning, sanding, and spray paint, and I now have a beautiful, bright rolling table on my back deck.
|Isn’t it pretty? The teapot is a garage sale find as well.|
Garage Sale Tips
Thinking of heading out to the sales? Here are a few tips from me to you, to help you make the most of your garage sale shopping experience.
- Be prepared to bargain, but don’t be cheap. You’ll only insult the seller, and that will shut down negotiations quickly.
- But don’t quibble over a 25 cent item. Just pay it.
- Buy in bulk for deeper discounts. If you want a number of items from one seller, you can usually get a bundled cost. The price tags may add up to $11.50, but offer $10. Sellers usually just want to clear things out.
- Take your time. Sort through items to find the treasures. Look with your hands. And keep an open mind – what might this become?
- Be polite! Don’t call things junk, even if they are. Firstly, it’s just rude. Secondly, it’s not going to get you anywhere with negotiations.
- Decide on a budget and bring only that much with you.
- Bring coins and small bills; not all sellers have a great collection of change on hand. Plus, presenting exact change can help you strike a bargain. “I’ve got $3.25. Is that good for these?”
- Bring your own bags and/or a buggy to carry your treasures.
- Also good manners – respect the advertised sale times. Early birds showing up an hour before the sale starts, while the family is still setting up = just plain rude. As with any engagement, 10 or 15 minutes early is acceptable, but be respectful of the sellers’ time.
- And a final note on timing – go early in the sale for the best selection, late in the sale for the best deals. You will likely find sellers more willing to negotiate on price the closer they are to facing packing everything up and trying to figure out what to do with it all now.
Coming this weekend, July 31-August 3, Leon’s is hosting Canada’s Largest Garage Sale at their locations across the country. Come on out for great deals on new merchandise for your home! Plus there will be food and refreshments from local vendors and FREE LEMONADE!
Disclosure: This post is brought to you by Leon’s. All opinions on this blog, as always, remain my own.