5 Tips For Finding Garage Sale Gold

Tis the season for spring cleaning! And you know what that means: Bring on the garage sales! If you thrive on thriftiness and salivate over scouring, then listen up. Here are 5 tips to help you make the most of your Saturday morning scavenger hunt.

1. Get out early, but not too early. The early bird gets the worm, right? Well, not all of the time. If the ad or sign says 8 a.m., that doesn't mean 7:30. Your enthusiasm may prove bothersome, so respect the sellers and give them time to set up. Plus, if you wait until the end of the sale, you increase your bargaining power.
2. Negotiate. Always negotiate the asking price. Many times sellers mark up items because they expect hagglers. Sellers may also price higher because they feel attached to an item, pricing it based on personal sentimental value rather than its actual worth. Offer, but don't insult.

3. Ask questions. It might be a good idea to find out if that vacuum cleaner really works before you buy it. If you ask, sellers will normally be honest and tell you about an item's history. You might even learn something interesting.
4. Bring cash, and always bring small bills. Often, especially in the beginning of the day, sellers don't have adequate change to break a large bill. If you've got your heart set on something, it's nice to know you've got exact change.

5. Shop smart. Just because an item is $1.50, doesn't mean you need to buy it. Use your best judgment when selecting items, or you'll end up re-selling them at your own garage sale next year!
Happy hunting!
By Design Milk (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

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