Tis the Season... for Yard Sales

The weather in turning warmer in the northern hemisphere. This is the time when people are doing Spring cleaning, and want to get rid of clutter around the house. You've heard the expression "one person's trash is another person's treasure"? Time to go for a treasure hunt!

  • Make a list of what you need and want, but keep an open mind!
  • Determine the best way to find yard sales / garage sales / tag sales in your area (craigslist.com, newspaper ads, bulletin boards, etc.)
  • Plan an entire day around garage-sale-ing
  • Plan your route according to the list of garage sales. This is where mapquest or yahoomaps comes in handy.
  • Gas up the car, gather your cash (people don't have a way to accept credit cards and most don't like taking a chance on checks), grab some bags or boxes (in case there aren't any there), and go!
  • Be ready to barter; keep in mind that these people want to get of this stuff, and don't really want to haul it all back inside.
  • Examine every bit of the sale. There might be some great tools tucked in back!

Take a look for these things:

  • canning supplies
  • candles
  • little red wagons/wheel barrows
  • tools
  • scrap wood
  • tires
  • clothing
  • cast iron cookware
  • furniture
  • supplies for sewing, crocheting, knitting, quilting, spinning, etc. (yarn, fabric, needles, etc.)
  • reference and school books
  • camping supplies like sleeping bags, backpacks, etc.
  • lanterns and oil/kerosene lamps
  • glass or other jars that can't be used for canning but can be used to store dried beans or dehydrated foods
  • electronics that can be used for parts
  • hand-crank coffee grinder
  • mortar and pestle

I never get yard sale stuffed toys (too hard to properly clean - could have lice) and shoes (wear patterns could mess up your feet).

What was the last great find you got at a yard sale or garage sale, and how much did you pay for it?

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