OTHER AWESOME DEALS
Sunday, November 27, 2011
OTHER AWESOME DEALS
Thursday, November 24, 2011
Garage Sale Guidelines-extensive version
For the quick version of my Garage Sale Guidelines click here
Here are some guidelines to help you be more effective when garage saleing
1. 1. Always bring cash. Bring a variety of bills. Not everyone has the right amount of cash to break your larger bills so make sure you have a good variety of smaller bills. There is nothing I hate more than asking if the seller will go down from 10 dollars to 7 and then handing them a 10 dollar bill to pay them because I didn’t have any smaller bills.
2. 2. Do not dress nicely to go garage saleing. Just wake up, brush your teeth and throw some sweats on. Whether it is consciously or subconsciously the person having the garage sale will judge you by how you look. If you’re all dressed up with your makeup on they may quote you a higher price.
3. 3. Be friendly. For example, ask the seller how they are doing today. This gives them a good first impression of you. Since first impressions are all you have when you’re garage saleing they become very important. With a good first impression the seller feels like you are their friend and will be more likely to give you a better deal.
4. 4. Time is essential. You want to be friendly but don’t have to become best friends with someone. Get in and get out. The good stuff goes quickly so the more garage sales you can hit in a short amount of time, the more treasures you will find.
5. 5. Be prepared. Bringing water and something to munch on is a good idea. Having to stop at a gas station to buy goodies slows you down. Having to gas up the morning of is also a big hassle and wastes time so try to have your gas tank full.
6. 6. Don’t judge a garage sale by its sign. A good sign does not mean anything! Just because the sign says the garage sale is HUGE doesn’t really mean it’s huge.
7. 7. Don’t judge a garage sale by doing a “drive by.” A drive by is what you do when you just look at what the seller has from the seat of your car. C.J. is a huge fan of the drive by. There have been times that I have stopped him from driving away and found something worthwhile that I would have missed.
8. 8. If there is something you like or want, pick it up and carry it around with you. I can’t tell you how many times C.J. and I have lost out on something because we haven’t done this! You can always put it back down if you decide not to buy it
· If the item you are interested in is too big to pick up, skim the rest of the items at the garage sale while standing next to your item to make sure there is nothing you are more interested in.
· If there are a lot of people at the sale or you notice someone else is interested in your item, stand guard! The second you leave the item it becomes fair game for them. If the item is not marked stand by your item and speak loud enough asking the seller how much they want for it.
· If the sale is one of those HUGE ones they have in a parking lot, try to find a helper to give you a price on the item. If you are positive you want to buy it, go straight to the payment station and ask the price before you continue shopping. While you are there pay for it and ask them to put a sold sign on your item.
· If it is a really good garage sale, your hands are full and there is still more you want to buy, ask the seller if you can start a little pile close to them and away from the other items they are selling. This will help ensure that no one starts digging through your pile. Keep an eye out though because I have had to tell people those are the items I am buying.
9. 9. If you can, always ask if the seller will go down on their marked or stated price. A lot of first timers are afraid to ask if the seller will go down on a price. In fact, my husband still makes me ask for him! Don’t be scared. This is totally normal. Every once in a while, you will find those individuals who haven’t had a garage sale before and say they are “firm on their prices” or you get those people who think their used items are worth a fortune. Then at the end of the day they wonder why they are left with almost everything they began the day with. In most of your situations, bargaining will be completely acceptable. If you remember to ask every time you buy something you could save yourself a lot of money!
10. 10. Ask for a group price for all the items you want. Many times, if you are buying a large amount from a garage sale, the seller doesn’t mind giving you a discounted price on your total purchase. For example. If you have 10 pieces of clothing you want at .50 cents a piece your total would be 5 dollars. Ask the seller if they would do 3 dollars for all of it. You are more likely to get a better deal if you do lot prices for multiple items than if you bargain out each item individually. The seller will get tired of the same person asking if they will go down. If you do a lot price of everything, you only have to ask once.
11. 11. Be prepared to meet some very interesting and sometimes even rude people. I have learned there is not a limit to what someone will do to get what they want.
12. 12. Personally, I don’t normally buy electronics from garage sales. This may also be due to the lack of someone in my home that knows how to work with these items. If you or your husband can work on these things go ahead! If you have a good feeling about the item and want to buy it anyway, ask them if they will plug it in so that you can see it works.
13. 13. Understand that you are shopping at a garage sale. Things are used and may not be perfect. Be creative! Sometimes you can still make these things work to your benefit!
14. 14. Listen to how the seller deals with other customers. By doing this, you will be able to gauge whether the seller is pretty firm on their prices or if they would be willing to let things go for cheap.
15. 15. Try not to offend the seller. Once you have offended them, they are less inclined to give you a good deal. If you don’t want to name a lower price because you aren’t sure if it would offend them simply ask if they would go down so that they name the lower price instead of you. Then you can bargain further if you wish.
16. 16. Remember that you have no obligation to buy anything! There are times when I feel bad about walking away without buying anything or have felt obligated to buy something. In these situations, it’s best to make an excuse. Tell them you have to see what your spouse thinks or that it’s for a friend and that you will call them and tell them about it. I have even blamed it on my husband and told the seller that I would be in trouble with my husband if I bought it.
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Saturday, November 19, 2011
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
GETTING STARTED IN THE GARAGE SALE WORLD
As it is with everything else in this life, getting started is the hardest part. Many of us are simply intimidated by the unknown and the fact that we may not be sure how to do something. I am here to tell you that there is no right way to garage sale! You can do it however you want! For myself, I have found a few different ways that are effective that just might work for you too!
The first way is to simply get out and start driving. Go down popular roads and neighborhoods looking for signs. When you see those garage sale signs, follow them! Simple, right? Pretty soon, you will be able to establish a route that fits you. When establishing your route, an important thing to keep in mind is economic status; wealthy people tend to have nice things. Therefore it makes sense to hit the areas of higher economic status first. Those are the places where you want to begin your search. But, be careful not to count out areas just because they’re not the Ritz. I have found some pretty interesting things in unsuspecting areas. However, you should prioritize your garage sales by affluence. Pay attention to areas that are of greater economic status that have the largest concentration of garage sales. These are the areas you want to hit first. If there are a few areas you like that are close to each other this is a golden area because there will be a good concentration of sales and you will limit your gas expense.
The second way to garage sale is to take a look on Craig’s List, the newspaper, and other websites such as http://www.atgaragesale.com/ to determine your route. These are great tools to find lists of the garage sales in your area. I especially like to do this on Friday mornings or in the winter months when garage sales aren’t as abundant. Because many people give a description or even pictures of what they are selling, this is a great way to garage sale if you’re looking for something in particular. There are also some websites you can find that will allow you to enter in the addresses of yard sales and will map out a route for you! I have not found one yet that I am in love with because many of them can be hard to use. Your GPS can be helpful but can sometimes take you to the wrong place. I will let you know when I find one I like though!
I personally suggest you do a combination of both of these. Take a look at these websites that list garage sales. Are there any community sales or major fundraising sales that provide a large concentration in a small area? Are there any that interest you and list what you are looking for? These would be good to head to first thing on your garage sale morning. Garage sales are all about first come first serve so if there is something you think you might want or it just sounds like an awesome garage sale you want to be there first! Remember the good stuff goes fast!
So there you have it! Now get out and get started! If this was at all over whelming then just get out and start driving. See what you can find! The possibilities are endless!