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Garage Sale Negotiating 101Garage and estate sales are some of the best places for bargain shopping. However, if you are new to yard selling, figuring out how to bargain can be tricky. You may feel like it takes a little boldness to ask the seller to come down on the price; however, it can be rewarding for you both. Here are some tips on negotiating to save money.

 

Two plastic children's chairs from an estate sale.

Only Shop at Family Estate SalesIf you shop at an estate sale run by a company, the prices will be much higher. If the sale is run by the family, usually the adult children, their goal is to clear out the house so it can be sold. The last sale I went to I was given a Little Tikes table and 4 chairs and 7 white wire shelves for cabinets.

 

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Research Prices and Reviews While ShoppingI like to use my phone when I am at thrift stores or yard sales. I sometimes find products that sound like a great bargain, but having my smartphone allows me to look up the actual price of the item as well as reviews.

 

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Shop At Church Mega SalesEvery year our local church has this huge sale where if you come on the last day, not only is everything still there, they start at noon with $3.00 a bag whatever will fit; then at 3:00, it's everything half off; then at 5:00 whatever is left is free.

 

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List for Garage SalesEvery year before garage sale season starts, I make a list of items I need for around the house or personal items I'm interested in finding. That way I have a "road map" for the season.

 

Show Up REALLY Early at Garage SalesThis is a tip for all those garage sale fiends out there. Everyone knows that the first person at the garage sale gets the best pick of items. Instead of trying to get up early to be the first at garage sales.

 

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Ask for What You Are Looking for at Garage SalesWhen you are looking for something in particular at yard sales and don't see it, just ask. I have found that sellers are "motivated to sell" once they have started and will sometimes go into the house and bring out the item you are looking for.

 

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Make An Offer On Last Day Of Yard SalesThe last day of a yard sale is a GREAT day to buy LOTS of stuff. Being an avid yard sale shopper, I have had it proven over and over that, on the last day of a yard sale, the person or group of persons are VERY motivated sellers.

 

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Yard Sales in Expensive NeighborhoodsCheck out the yard sales in the ritzy towns near by, they let stuff go for cheap, but it is good name brand stuff!

 

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Bring a List When You Go To Garage SalesWhen garage saling always carry a list of the family's sizes (clothes, coat & shoe) as well as window sizes along with a measuring tape. By Pattcatt

 

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Bargain Season - Garage Sale Tips"The signs of the season are here: "Yard Sale, Garage Sale, Moving Sale, Estate Sale." It's time to clear out the old and the unwanted and, for some of us, a time to find new treasures. Television programs that show people picking up pots or paintings for a few dollars and selling them for hundreds or thousands can bring out the spirit of adventure in a lot of us. Especially for these folks, the weekend treasure hunt season is on!"

 

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Bring Lightly Colored Sunglasses to Garage SalesWhen going to yardsales, bring some slightly colored sunglasses (amber). It will show all the stains on cloth that you can not see with the naked eye.

 

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Make a Garage Sale Shopping ListIf you count yard-saling as an integral part of your thrifty lifestyle, you need to approach it with the same organizational skills you'd approach any other undertaking. One of the ways I've found to get the most from yard sale season is to make a list of "wants".

 

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