Yard Sailing, that is.
I'm talking about thrifting...the yard's of others. On many occasions, yard sales are even cheaper than thrift stores. However, they take more strategy. You have to plot out your course to make the most of your day. The hardcore sailers get out early, so if you want to get your foot in the door for the good stuff, get there before other people. But how do I know there is anything good in the first place, Erin? Ah, well good question.
Check the ads! The newspapers, the Internet, anywhere ads may be. Sit down with a nice cup of tea, your ads, a highlighter and a pen. Circle the ones that sound interesting, then pull out your map and list them in the order you want to go depending on distance. Star the ones you particularly want to hit. Also, here's a hint..If the add specifically lists something you are interested in AND gives a phone number, call! Ask them to hold it, and get there first thing. But don't be a big jerk and keep them waiting.
Have cash! Checks are too sketchy and people don't want to risk it, and they can't take credit cards. Have change as well. You never know what you could get for that nickel.
Profile. Just because you decide to check out a yard sale doesn't mean you actually have to get out of the car when you get there. If you see all they seem to have is clothes..and you really don't want clothes, keep moving. Time is junk...erm...treasure.
Remember that a good cleaning can go really far. Just because something is dusty or dirty, it doesn't mean it isn't worth it. It is important to keep in mind that buying used might take a little more effort than buying brand new. So keep an open mind! Get creative!
Learn to haggle...but don't be rude...or overly cheap. If you happen to know that necklace is worth $4, they're asking $2, don't ask if you can pay 25 cents. If anything, ask a $1 or $1.50. Now, if someone is overpricing something, ask what you think it's worth. If they don't bite...you may have to walk away.
Have fun. Even if you don't find anything, just enjoy your time.
I got up bright and early today to hit the sales with my mom. This is something I am hoping to make a usual happening this summer since I have nothing else to do.
I actually made a pretty good score today. I got a lamp, a camera bag, and a portfolio for Dad. Not bad. Not bad at all.
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