Friday, March 27, 2009

Frugal Friday - Yard Salin'

Now that the weather is going to be getting warmer, I know how my Saturday mornings are going to be spent for awhile...Yard Saling!

Yard sales are one of the BEST resources for a frugal person. I have had great success making purchases at yard sales. Just to name a few...

  1. a $5.00 patio umbrella

  2. a $4.00 Big Wheel bike

  3. a $2.00 highchair/booster seat that attaches to a kitchen chair

  4. countless clothing items for under $1.00

  5. an opened package of swim diapers with one taken out of it for $1.00

  6. several pairs of kids shoes for $.50 each

  7. a $10.00 "Love Sac" (giant beanbag chair)

I could go on all day...but I won't. So, how do you get the best deals at yard sales?

  1. Shop early or late. Pretty contradictory, but you can get the "good stuff" or items in high demand like furniture, or kids clothes, but later in the day, the sellers just want to haul less stuff back in the house, so you can really bargain with them!

  2. Have a Plan. I try to hit all of the neighborhood sales that I can (one neighborhood has a Saturday where everyone is invited to have a sale). I also check the classifieds for certain types of sales and make a route to that sale and others along the way so I don't backtrack.

Other than that, just have fun. Just like couponing, you don't have to hit every good deal or sale. You will just drive yourself crazy!

How about you? Do you have any great yard sale tips? Please leave a comment!

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Brenda said...

I love, love love yardsaling! The bargains are too numerous to count.

Lisa said...

I hit my first yard sale of the season last Saturday. I got a brand new package of really nice Hallmark Christmas cards for 5 cents!! Auctions can be a great way to score stuff for cheap, too, although I really don't go to those very often. I got a whole mess of silverware w/the plastic holder and all for 50 cents last year. The whole reason I bought it was for all of the great serving spoons it had in it. I took those out and gave the rest away.

The Blossoming Skillet said...

We love yard sales! I think they will start picking up in our area in a few weeks. Last year to help us limit how much we would buy we rode around on our bikes only wearing backpacks with the theory we can only purchase what we can carry back home.

Well a few hours later we had to go back and pick up all the tools and a $5 antique dresser we paid for earlier. So, it almost worked:). It was a great memory. A few people threw in extra stuff for us when we were doing our pick ups because it was the end of the day and they wanted to give it to a home instead of donating it.

Mom2fur said...

Oh, my gosh, I can't wait until yard sale season starts up again! Thrift stores are fun, but the real bargains come from people's homes. Every year, I get at least one amazing deal. One year, for instance, I got a sweet child's tea set for $2. I looked it up on line and found out it was worth $75! Not to mention my $2 Vermont Teddy Bear. The most I think I ever spent was $40 on a hutch, but it would easily have cost 3x that much in a store and is now part of my dining room. Yep, garage sales are awesome!

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