I am an avid yard saler, I love it! I have been doing as long as I can remember. I remember when I was in grade school, there was a whole sign that said, "we negotiate". I asked my mom what negotiate meant and she told me that I could ask down the price. I had a $1 Boggle game in my hand and I went and ask for $.50 for it. :) Ever since then, I've been negotiating and getting good deals at yard sales. This summer I have gotten a TON of great things. I have been going almost every Saturday morning and it seems like I find something great every time.
Here is just a few things that I have found this summer:
Bookshelf for $5.
All I did was painted the bookshelf with a fun purple color and then added some vinyl flowers and butterflies to it. I didn't sand or prime the bookshelf (I'm sure people would recommend it). I put on three coats of paint.
Dresser for $5. Lamp for $5.
I spray painted the hardware purple and then added some vinyl to the dresser. Very easy and cute! I just spray painted the base of the lamp pink to match the room.
Shoes for me. Sandals were $.50, heels were $2.
I love getting shoes from garage sales. I just disinfected them really good and they are good to go!
Dresser for $10. The three end tables were all for $15.
I just recently redid the dresser (that's coming this week).
I just spray painted the tables.
Chair $5, cake stand $2, mirror $.50 and squares shelves for $1.
I recovered the chair with some awesome fabric using a staple gun and a glue gun. For the square shelves, I just spray painted them (I love spray paint).
Play car $7. Shoes for $.50.
Here are a few things that I do to find such great deals:
1- See the potential of everything. It's amazing what paint can do to something. If it's in good shape, the right size and what I'm looking for, then I get it.
2- I go out around 8:00 am. The best stuff goes first, so you need to get out early.
3- Don't be afraid to negotiate the price. I have found that people are usually willing to go down a couple dollars.
4- Within 2 minutes I can tell if they are priced to sale or priced to make money. When they are priced to make money, then I look but don't buy anything else it's exactly what I'm looking for.
5- Kids' clothes are a great deal at yard sales. I usually pay $.50 to $1 for things, depending on how nice they are. It's amazing how much money I can save when I buy my kids a few things at yard sales and then I only have to buy a couple things at stores for back to school.
6- I also buy a ton of my clothes there. People either don't like their clothes or they don't fit. Whatever reason, it seems like you can find some really good stuff. I usually pay about $1 for things.
7- Kids' toys, especially baby toys are easy to find and get good deals on.
8- Spray paint is a yard saler's best friend. I seriously spray paint almost everything that I buy for my house.
9- To find good things, you have to be willing to look and really look. Dig through the clothes piles, go through the tables of knick knacks and things like that.
10- Don't be afraid of a project. Every weekend when I go, I bring home some kind of project. Right now I have a lot more time than I do money, so it works out for me.
If you haven't tried going to yard sales, you need to, they are awesome!!