Yard Sale Shopping in the Spring: Tips for Success

DSC_9850The official start of spring is less than two weeks away. With this change of season comers warmer temperatures and blossoming plant life. However, it also offers the perfect opportunity to a host a yard sale -- and if you are in the business of buying and selling, you can use this time to find valuable items for your business. Here are some tips to make the mist of this upcoming spring season.

Locate Yard Sales in Your Area

Of course, you'll first need to locate yard sales that are happening or about to happen in your area. Craigslist is an excellent tool for this purpose, although there are several other classified websites that also list yard sales. Furthermore, sometimes you'll get the best results simply by driving around residential neighborhoods in search of "Yard Sale" signs. There's really no single best way to locate yard sales, so combine all of these techniques for optimal results.

Focus on the Weekends

It should come as little-to-no surprise that most yard sales are held on the weekends. This is when the majority of people have off work, making it the "prime time" for yard sales. And with the warm spring season fast approaching, you can expect to see even more yard sales being held on the weekends. This doesn't necessarily mean that you should avoid searching on Monday through Friday, rather you should focus your efforts on the weekends.

Bring Cash

I know this probably sounds like common sense, but it's still worth mentioning that you should bring cash when attending yard sales. You may come across some yard sales at which the seller accepts credit card payments via a mobile card reader, but these are usually few and far between. Just to be on the safe side, bring cash when shopping at yard sales.

Bring a Truck

As the saying goes, it's better to be safe than sorry, holds true when shopping at yard sales. Even if you have no plans on purchasing furniture or other large items, you may come across a deal that's just too good to pass up. Without a truck or van, though, you may be forced to reject the offer, allowing some other shopper to score the deal. If you're going to visit any yard sales this spring, come prepared by bringing either a truck or van. This will allow you to haul not only more items, but also larger items.

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