Ten tips for successful yard sale buying

  1. More and more, towns are running community yard sale days. Search online to find towns in your area, print out a map online and you will cover a lot of area, save gas and get some great finds.
  2. Be nice. Really, this can get you more great buys than you may think. It’s a very competitive business, and many of your peers will behave pushy and rude. You get more great buys with honey!
  3. Have a stack of bills. Every second counts on yard sale day. Don’t waste time by not having the right change.
  4. Be prepared, it’s NOT only for Boy Scouts! Have ready boxes, wrapping material, bungie cords, a flashlight, a pocket knife, rope, maps etc ready.
  5. Pack snacks. Hardcores don’t stop for coffee & donuts, they bring their own.
  6. Pay attention! There are a lot of traffic distractions. In an area where there is a lot of sales on a sunny morning, there is a lot to watch for. Believe it or not, not everyone out there is shopping at yard sales! Some people just want to cross the street safely. Other’s slam their brakes for no apparent reason.
  7. Ask, ask, ask. That is, ask the proprietors if there is anything they haven’t brought out yet. If there is an area you specialize in, ask them if they have any old trains or comic books they didn’t put out. 1 out of 10 will have something and you just may hit it big!
  8. If something is already price ridiculously low, don’t ask for a deal on it. The cold treatment you may get will throw a damper on other potential buys for you at that sale.
  9. Buy the lemonade from kids if there’s some for sale. It’s just a good thing to do.
  10. Thank the seller’s and wish them good luck. The good will you share will spill over into the next sale and can be especially useful when you run into, Mr. or Mrs. Crankypants. Have fun!

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