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Best Ways to Save Money at Garage Sales

How To Shop Yard and Garage Sales

How to shop Garage Sales/Yard Sales

Do you like to shop garage or yard sales? Do you want to know how? 

I have tips and ideas here for you so you are successful in finding deals, getting best prices and having a great experience as you shop yard and garage sales to save money and find the treasures and needs you are looking for. 

1- Have you ever wondered how to get the rock-bottom prices while shopping at the yard and garage sales?
2- What should you look for?
3- How do you get the most from your money?

Every time you head out to shop a yard or garage sale you are going to find different items because every person will be selling things that they had and no longer need or want; that’s the beauty of these types of sales! It’s a treasure hunt every stop to see if you will find the items you are looking for, or something you didn’t even realize you needed:)

I have compiled a list to help you get the most from your time, money and effort as you shop garage and yard sales finding the best value for your money and objects you are searching for.

How to Shop Garage and Yard Sales


  •  Hit the sales early


  •  Be ready to bargain


  •   Always offer one-half of what it is marked, and bargain from there


  •  If young kids are hosting the yard sale pay the price they are asking – unless it’s way too high. It’s a great confidence builder for the kids to do this. They are learning to be enterprising and work, let’s not discourage them. 


  •  If it’s for a good cause or a benefit. pay the price.


  •  Many people buy from yard sales at low prices, then raise the prices at their own yard/garage sales to make money, which is a great idea to make money!


  •  Browse antique stores, then when you’re at yard sales you’ll have a better idea of what to look for. Many times you can pick something up from a yard or garage sale you’ll be able to resale it to an antique store for a profit. They will usually offer you about 30 to 50 % of what it’s worth.


  • You can also sell on EBAY treasures you find at yard or garage sales, which is another great way to make extra money.

  • NEVER buy mattresses or pillows from a yard or garage sale or second hand store, it’s just not sanitary.


  •  If you have family or friends that you know can use a little help with clothing or other needs, keep a list of the sizes or items and look for those as you stop at the sales.


  • If you watch yard and garage sales you can pick up new or gently used clothing, cooking pans and items, or almost anything else from the high-end stores you might need or want.


  •  If buying an electrical item, plug it in before you buy it to make sure it works. These are more of a risk.


  •  If you like to go on outings or camping look for big heavy sleeping bags. It doesn’t matter if the zipper is broke. Wash them and put them over your cooler, folded in half or fourths over the top. Then place a tarp over top of that, this will keep your ice lasting days longer than it usually would as the sleeping bag acts as an insular. 


  • Wear comfortable shoes so you can last the day.


  • Take water to stay hydrated and food such as granola bars, fruit, sandwiches, etc.


  • Chart out the sales you want to go to ahead by checking FB, the paper and other sources ahead of time. Also drive the area looking for signs.


  • If you drive up and see lots of people leaving without anything in their hands, you probably don’t need to stop.


  • Don’t purchase items that can be dangerous to children, spoiled food, or anything of that nature.


  • If there are mainly toys out front, it’s probably a younger family cleaning house. Stop if that’s your interest.


  • If you see something you like, pick it up and carry it around with you until you decide if you want to purchase it so it isn’t taken by someone else who likes it too.


  • Take reusable bags to carry items in.


  • Shop in the morning for best purchasing choices.


  • Get in, scan the area for items you might want, and get out quickly. You have lots of yard and garage sales to see!

Copyright Carrie Groneman,  Mother’s Day, 2013, 2018
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  • I used to go to garage sales a lot more when I was younger, but haven’t been to many in the last few years to be quite honest, but great tips and definitely never actually been to a garage sale believe it or not that had a good cause that they were raising money for, so found that truly interesting.

  • Love the tips! I am a garage sale junkie!

  • Carrie,
    My neighborhood has a yard sale every year. I always participate to get rid clean things out. I never know how to price things, now I do. Thanks for the ideas.
    Diane Roark

  • We almost never buy anything new, we use yard sales, Craigslist, and eBay for the bulk of our shopping. Thanks for sharing with Let’s Get Real (I’m co-hosting this week)!

  • Sinea Pies says:

    I got some great toys and equipment (high chairs, exer-saucers) at garage sales. They were like brand new!

  • These are great tips! Thanks Mom! It’s definitely true that if you spend time in antiques malls, you’ll get a “feel” for those kinds of items and what you should pay for them (depending on if you want it for yourself or to resell). Thanks so much for sharing with the Let’s Get Real party.

  • Tasha says:

    These are fantastic tips! My mom and grandma use to love garage sales as well! I was just telling my son the other day it would be nice to just spend a day going to yard sales…it makes for great bonding time with the kids. You’re mom is awesome!

  • Elaine says:

    Great Tips!! Thanks for sharing on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday – Link Party!! Hope to see you tomorrow!! Pinned!!

  • Carrie,
    Thanks so much for all these tips. We got an offer on our house and will be closing July 8th. I have been nothing but cleaning and deciding what to do with things. We are sizing down from a 4400 square foot house to a 2800 square foot house.
    Thanks for sharing,

    • WOW, that is alot of work and things to clear through Diane. I hope you can find some tips here to help with the process and wish I could give you a hand. Good luck with all of it and best to you in the move!

  • Melinda says:

    Hi CArrie, your mom was the Queen!!

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