We're gearing up for another garage sale season this year, and we want YOU to get in on all the bargains! Here are some great hints, tips, and strategies from the moms who know garage sale the best: our readers. Thanks to everyone who sent in their suggestions!
Anne from New Mexico:
1. No matter how much money you plan on spending, have it broke down to dollars, and lots of quarters. People are easier swayed to take the one dollar if it is in your hand for that $3 or $4 dollar marked item, so they don't have to make change.
2. Go a bit later, after the big crowds, less left, but what is left is usually cheaper, as the seller is tired.
3. Enjoy the fun and meet new people!
April from Indiana:
The day before hitting garage sales, I actually map out where I will be going. I find it is best to stay in a certain mile radius. Start early, targeting the sales that may have what you are looking for in particular (summer clothes, toys, furniture). I find it is more productive and easier on my wallet if I don't bring the children along and to give myself a set amount of money to spend. Also don't be afraid or embarrassed to bargain with someone. Believe me, most people just want to get rid of their extra stuff and the cash isn't the first priority. One last tip: hit the large subdivisions, they typically are loaded with great things at great prices.
Jessica from Washington:
When shopping for baby/childrens items have a rough idea of what your looking for (i.e: playpen or highchair) and than go to CPSC.GOV and print out a list of all items that have been recalled to lower the risk of buying something that has been recalled, because garage sales are magnets for those recalled items that someone finds in their attic!
Leave your tips here: What are your tips for shopping at garage sales?