If you’ve ever hosted a yard sale, you have witnessed the “yard sale aficionado”. She knows all the tricks to make the most of each and every yard sale opportunity. She is hardcore to the point of scouring the Thursday classifieds to plan a strategy on the best sales and deals for the up-coming weekend.
Now… we are ALL after a great find and deal. So, to empower the less experienced shopper, we have rounded up a few tips and tricks to help you become a professional yard saler. This year, you will shop with the utmost confidence, finding your fabulous treasures we know are out there. Whether you’re a pro deal-hunter or virgin yard-saler, these tips will help you snag those great finds!
When to shop?
The earlier you arrive, the greater the selection, but the later you go, the better the deal. (Think of 12 to 3 p.m. as peak-time for bargains!) Furniture sells first—so go early if that’s what you’re after. Remember, if you like something, buy it! It might not be there if you think about it and come back later.
Cash only! Yard sales only accept cash. Bring plenty of small bills so making change is easy. Plan your budget before you hit the sales, or establish price limits for certain items so you don’t overspend. Think about how you’ll get purchases home. If you don’t have a large vehicle, you can order a taxi minivan for $10 extra (on top of the fare price) and your item will be delivered to your front door.
How to bargain?
Remember, good manners make for good negotiating. When you walk up to a table, say hello and be friendly. Never ask, “What’s your best price?” Instead, ask, “Would you consider less?” To get the best bang for your buck, try asking for a set price for a group of items. For example: “How much for the three mirrors in the corner?” Sellers usually drop the price when you’re buying more than one item.
What to look for?
If your goal is to shop for home décor, go with an open mind. Most pieces need a little TLC to make them perfect. Ignore the colour of wood or the pattern of fabric and look for furniture with interesting bones (the shape of a chair or the quality of wood of a dresser). If you see something you love, you can bring it to an upholsterer or restorer and create a custom piece.
Hot Finds: Vintage linens and furs, old lamps and dressers, antique chairs and frames.
Best deals: Children’s items, clothing, and toys; mismatched dishware and cutlery.
Now that you’re prepped for the season, you should save this date! Saturday, May 24th is the National YARD SALE FOR THE CURE supporting the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. Visit yardsaleforthecure.com to host your own yard sale or find out where events are taking place in your community.