Garage Sailing

Garage Sailing

Garage sale season is the best way to find some very low cost items that you cannot find anywhere else! Everybody loves to get rid of stuff fast when they are cleaning out their homes and love when people come to take it all. Here are some tips and tricks to help you dominate the garage sales…

  1. Do your research!
    • The best way to find these sales in your area is to use the Yard Sale app. It connects to Craigslist and some other sites to help you find the garage sales in your area. You can adjust the radius to how far you are willing to go. It doesn’t show all of them but it can give you some leads, which is better than nothing! I have found that if I find some sales, I end up going to them and simply driving around to find more! There are signs on the sides of streets on poles, in the grass, and sometimes on banners. People want you to come get their stuff and will do their best to help you find them easily.
  2. Get on the hunt early.
    • Garage sales tend to start early. Friday’s have become more popular and then they lead into Saturday sales. They tend to start around 8am but sometimes you can get there 30 minutes early to beat the crowd and catch them setting up. The thing with garage sailing is that when stuff is gone, they don’t restock! You’ve got to beat everybody so time is money and you’ve got be quick.
  3. Be efficient with your time.
    • Map a route beforehand if you can. If you are driving around going sale to sale just by finding signs, that’s fine too. Like I said, you’ve got to be quick. Don’t spend too much time at one sale since other people are at the other sales buying stuff as well. Try to be as quick and efficient as possible. If you don’t see much, don’t waste your time. Move on to the next one.
  4. Negotiate!
    • Garage sales are the best places to barter and fine tune your skills. Bartering in-person is a great skill to have when it comes to being a great businessman. Remember what I said about them wanting you to take their junk? They’re selling it for a reason! They don’t want it. Try getting them to lower their prices and be as tough as you’d like. Some people will cave in easily as they simply don’t care about the money; they just want their stuff out of their home. Other people will be looking for the money and can be tough but this is where you can hone in on your skills. Bundling items is a great way to get these people to give in a bit. Give them a lower price than you’d like so you can try to meet in the middle at the price you’d like. It makes both parties feel like they won the battle. Plus it’s fun to get into it!
  5. Have fun doing it.
    • You’re going to find some crazy stuff. Bring some food with you in a cooler if you’d like as you might be out for quite a while and don’t want to waste time/money stopping to get food. There will be nice people and mean people; get used to it. Work on your sourcing skills and building relationships with the locals. You’ll also find more items that you can add to your mental notes on what to look for when sourcing in the thrifts.



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