Okay, I guess my friend Jennifer would not call herself a professional yard saler since technically she doesn’t get paid for shopping (unless of course you count all the money she saves every week!). Let’s just say she is a dedicated yard sale enthusiast, and a true frugal mom! Jennifer graciously took time to answer some of my questions about yard sales.
1. How long have you been going to yard sales?
I’ve been going for about 5-6 years.
2. Are there special things you look for when you go?
I usually look for kids clothing and toys, but I like to find other things too.
3. When do you go to yard sales?
I usually go every Saturday I can, even if it’s just for an hour. I try to leave my house around 7:15.
4. Are there certain seasons that are better than others?
I think the spring and the fall are the best times to go. I do find things in the summer, however there are a lot more community yard sales in the spring and fall. I think people do spring cleaning and want to get rid of things and that is why it is better.
5. Do you have a system for finding good sales?
I check Craig’s List to see if there are any good yard sales or community yard sales that I might be interested in. Sometimes I just drive around…..I have a little route that I go around if I don’t have anywhere in particular to go.
6. Do you take your kids with you?
Usually at least one of my three want to go. It’s much harder with 3, so I try not to take all 3 unless I have to. It makes it a lot slower. My kids can really dig through boxes and find treasures too!
7. What’s one of the best deals you’ve found?
We found some type of palm pilot and got that and a bunch of clothes for $10 total. Jack resold that for $50. Sometimes I get a bag of clothes for 50 cents…..that’s always good.
8. Do you have any tips for getting the most out of yard sales?
- If you find something you might want to buy but aren’t sure, don’t put it down. I’ve had some things snatched as soon as I put it down.
- Don’t be afraid to ask about if they will take a lower price.
- Know what you want to pay for things before you go out.
- Don’t buy something just to buy. There have been many Saturdays when I haven’t found anything that was a good deal.
- Sometimes if you go around 10:30 or 11 you will find people mark down things or are more willing to come down on price just to get rid of things so they don’t have to put it back into the garage.
9. What about haggling – is that allowed?
Yes you can “haggle”. Sometimes they will and sometimes they won’t but it’s always worth the try.
10. Do you ever buy things and resell them on ebay or elsewhere?
Except for clothes, most of the things I buy are for resell. I buy a lot of things for $1 and resell for at least $10 and $15. I have ebay items before and I also make a lot of money reselling things at the consignment sale. It’s cool because my kids can play with it for a few weeks before I selll it for more money.
Thanks Jennifer for all the great information and tips!
And on a related note…
My friend Derek over at Garage Sales Tracker just let me know about something really great going on at his site. He now has a free iPhone app that helps you find all the best garage sales, flea markets, and consignment stores in your area.
Don’t have an iPhone? Not a problem – Garage Sales Tracker is running a giveaway through June 4th, 2010 to give away 2 iPhones!
I‘d love to hear about your yard sale tips, and great finds. Share them in the comments!