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Thursday, May 10, 2012

Thrifty Thursday - Yard Sales

It's Spring and that means...the beginning of yard sale season!  Yes, it's time to check out the yard sale ads in the Classified section of the newspaper and watch for signs in the neighborhood.

Here are a few tips for successful yard saling.

Most of the suggestions I posted last week for thrift store shopping apply to yard sales too.  See post dated 5/3/12

Watch for neighborhood or community sales...more houses, less travel.

Upscale neighborhoods usually have higher quality goods and not necessarily higher prices.

If a price on something is reasonable to you, don't haggle or dicker over the price.  Some people price low to sell quickly.  Be nice to them!

Bring cash, preferably lower denominations.

Yard sales are particularly good for buying  inexpensive toys, clothing, books and household items.

I'll end with a story today.  Two weeks ago, I went to a yard sale in a nice part of the city.  Most of the stuff wasn't very interesting but they had a lot of kitchen gadgets, all marked with bright neon stickers, telling the price.  Most were marked 25, 50, 75 etc.  I picked up a slicer thingy.  It looked pretty good so I took it up to the owner of the home.  Well, imagine my surprise when the little slicer thingy was 50 DOLLARS, not 50 cents!  I'm usually not that dumb but it just looked like a cheap plastic slicer to me and 50 cents seemed reasonable  :)  I declined to purchase it.   Know your prices!!!


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