A-hunting we will go. It never fails; when
you want a garage sale, you can't find one. So, look through the
newspaper and find the sales that you want to attend. A map of
the area may come in handy to make a schedule/plan for your day
since you don't want to miss anything. Look for the sales that
have "pre- viewing" hours, and visit those first.
Remember what Mom always said. You know the
saying: The early bird gets the worm…and the late one gets
what the bird left on the rock. (Is it just my mom who adds that
last part in?) Be prepared to shop early for the best selection.
Leave the stilettos at home. Always wear
comfortable clothing and shoes when pounding the pavement for
Pennies from heaven. Remember that you're
not going to Bloomingdales; so leave the hundred dollar bills
and credit cards at home. Carry only small bills such as $1 and
$5, along with a couple of $20 for more expensive items. It is
the rare garage sale that accepts personal checks.
You want HOW much? Be prepared to haggle
over price. If you aren't good at this, then bring along a
friend to play the good cop/bad cop routine. My husband always
plays the bad cop. That's how I got a lime green chaise lounge
for $15! (No, it isn't lime green anymore. I found a bold of
burgundy fabric at another garage sale for $2 and reupholstered
Well, I'm not sure… If haggling doesn't
work and there is a high-priced item that you feel you can't
live without, ask what time the sale ends and then come back.
Chances are, if it is still there, the price will be right.
Diamonds in the rough. You just never know
what you'll find at a garage sale. Bring along an antique
buyer's guide, a rag, and silver polish to find jewels among the
Cash and carry. It's a good idea to bring
along your own canvas tote bag or similar bags to carry your
purchases. The seller may not be able to accommodate.
Cha ching! Garage sales are a great way for
the buyer to cash in, too. Keep in mind that most appliances,
baby items and exercise equipment can be resold at consignment
Beware the garage sale bait. Don't buy
Betamax tapes just because they cost a nickel (unless you're a
collector). There is a reason they're only five cents; and when
you realize that, they will end up in your own garage sale.
Deborah Shelton is
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