Pennywise Yard Sale Shopping Tips

yardsale-01Spring is right around the corner (March 20), which means tens of thousands of families from across the country will be hosting yard sales. The warming temperatures offer the perfect opportunity for individuals and families to get rid of their unwanted belongings while earning some cash in the process. Of course, this is also beneficial for pennywise shoppers who are looking to score big. With a little bit of planning and the right approach, you can come away with some incredible items at virtually no cost.

Start Early

As the saying goes, the early bird gets the worm, holds true when it comes to yard sale shopping. Waiting until the late afternoon hours to begin shopping could mean the difference between scoring a high-dollar item for a fraction of its retail price or walking away empty handed. The longer you wait to shop, the greater the chances of someone else scooping up all the valuable items. The bottom line is that you should try to be one of the first few shoppers at each yard sale.

Plan Your Day

Spending your entire Saturday or Sunday at a single yard sale is a recipe for disaster. A smarter approach is to plan your shopping day ahead of time, scheduling and mapping out each stop. Doing so will allow you to cover more ground, which subsequently increases your chances of striking it big.

Beware of Furniture

As enticing as it may look, you should wait until the end of the day to purchase any furniture from a yard sale. Furniture often requires two or more people to load and unload, slowing down your shopping efforts. If you find a piece you want to buy, ask the owner if you can put a deposit down to hold it until the end  of the day. Most people will gladly accept this offer.

Negotiate

Even if the items are marked with a single price, the owner may still be willing to negotiate. Don't be afraid to ask if the owner if he or she is willing to accept a lower-than-advertised price. You have to remember that most people host yard sales for the primary purpose of cleaning out unwanted and/or unused items (the extra cash is a side benefit). Therefore, they will probably accept a lower offer just so they can get rid of the item. Besides, the worst that can happen is they'll say no.

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