Top Yard Sale Secrets from your Yard Sales Guru!

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Tips and secrets for the best deals at yard sales…

Have you gone on a yard sale adventure yet? I’m sure you know of great success stories from people hearing about all the inexpensive things they have bought and found. If you haven’t, keep reading I have soooo many success stories. I go hunting for yard sales all the time. It’s so much fun and also a great way to save money. I often get questions about how I manage to find all these great things and how I was able to find such great deals. Here are some tips on how to get the best deals, and how to find the best items.


Time Matters

Time is a huge factor for yard sales. There are pros and cons to both going out early or going too late. Yes, the early bird gets the worm. But not always! (this is great news for someone like me who likes to sleep in) Saturdays are meant to be days that don’t have an alarm set. So if you aren’t looking for furniture, don’t bother getting up early. The later you go out, the better the deals…most of the time. Yard sales tend to last until 12 but I usually can find sales until around 2 p.m.



Ahhhh! Bargain? that word scares me. Well it used to, now I know its no big deal. When you want to buy something, think of a price you are willing to buy it for-then offer a price lower than that. The seller will most likely either say yes to your offer or counter offer with a higher price. ย If they only tell you no to your offer, ย just nicely ask them what the lowest price they will sell it to you for.

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“I want that so bad!”

If you find an item that makes your jaw drop to the floor, pick it up! You don’t want the seller to know that you love the item. They will end up charging you more because you gave it value. Remember this is a yard sale-they are trying to get rid of stuff…most of the time. - Create More, Spend Less

I know you’re Beautiful…

I know you have beautiful skin, hair, and makeup…But maybe slim it down on your Saturday yard sale trips? The better you look pulling up with your nice car and designer clothes, the more the seller is going to charge you. If they think you have money, they will want more of it! I know it sounds crazy and like it doesn’t matter, but I have experienced this first hand. (Even though my Micheal Kors bag was only $15 at a previous yard sale)


Obviously, you are going to need some cash. Don’t forget to get small bills and maybe quarters too! I tend to stop by the Gas station for gas and get my cash there.


Know your Seller

You need to be aware of who you are buying from if you want to get the best deal. Sometimes people will be asking too much for all of their items. (this is usually when I get frustrated) Sometimes they are too attached to the items they are selling or they are trying to make a business out of it. You have to know when it is a good time to leave or a good time to raise your offer price.

The best way to get a deal from someone that is being difficult is to tell them you are offering the only price you can, that you will take care of the item and that you will cherish it. If they are attached to the item, they just want to know someone will take care of it more then needing money for it.

Also, you need to make sure they don’t view the item you like to be junk. Sometimes you could think something is worth $2 and they would have given it to you for $0.50

Talk to the sellers. Get to know them and converse with them, this will usually make them like you more, resulting in giving you a better deal. It makes them feel less bored- think about it, they are just sitting there selling stuff on their day off! They are bored.

Get a Deal, Bundle your items

Bundle all the items you want and offer a price (first offer small prices on each thing as you shop, then when you are finished offer a low but reasonable price for the bundle) for example if I had 5 items in my bundle that were all around $1 each, I would offer $3-$4

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Estate sales

A lot of people will tell you to go to estate sales, I disagree. I find that a lot of estate sales sell their items for way too much and are never willing to bargain. If you prefer the estate sales anyways, go on the last day that’s usually when they put a discount on things (this is usually Sundays). Like 40% off all furniture.

What do you want?

It’s a good plan to have an idea of what you are looking for. Sometimes going through other peoples stuff can be overwhelming. If you have a list of things you might want, it makes it easier. Tell the people you are with what you want as well! It will help you find things that you might not have seen on your own.


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Yard sales don’t have to be a hunt. Modern Technology is awesome. Now instead of hunting around for signs everywhere, you can look right on your phone for where the yard sales are. The App I use is called Gsalr. It gathers all the listings from different websites and puts the information all on one app and shows the current yard sales on the map. It even gives you directions. I also use this app to make sure there are enough sales going on because sometimes there isn’t a lot(sad day). But most Saturdays and Sundays will have tons of listings in your area. I like to head to the beach cities that way if I don’t find anything, at least I found the ocean breeze. (To me, there is nothing better than that so win-win)

Get out there and Find your Treasure!

Take your friends, playlist, and extra cash and go explore for something awesome on your next Saturday morning. I can’t wait to hear all about your success in finding great deals! let me know what you get. Comment below to share your favorite finds!

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24 thoughts on “Top Yard Sale Secrets from your Yard Sales Guru!

  1. Great tips! We only made it to one yard sale this past year, but I used to love poking through them for books and records.

    1. yes, yard sales are a GREAT place to find those things:)

  2. These are some awsome tips! I usually go yard selling with my grandma in Wisconsin and we love it!

    1. aw ๐Ÿ™‚ that’s so special! I love that ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Love this! I need to utilize them more! I love the bundle tip! That usually works for me!

  4. These are some really great tips, things I wouln’t have thought of. I haven’t been to a yard sale in forever though, trying to purge a bit myself! Aloha!

  5. I love going to yard sales with my mom! It’s “our thing”! These are awesome tips. I’ll keep these in mind while I’m traveling America later this year!

    1. so cute! and yes you should! it’s always fun to go to yard sales in towns you aren’t familiar with. My boyfriend and I tend to do it on vacations if we don’t already have other plans.

  6. AWESOME TIPS ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve never actually been to a yard sale, but I find that this can also apply to thrift and consignment shops. Thrifting is one of my all time favourite things to do.

    1. Yes! Thrift shopping is very similar, I tend to use most of these tips when shopping there as well.

  7. Those yard sales sound like a great thing! I wish they had something like that here in Ireland…

    1. Are you sure they don’t?! that makes me sad ๐Ÿ™

  8. i’ve never had good luck at yard sales. Love these tips!

    1. Well I hope you will now ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. I hadn’t even thought about bundling! Such a great tip!

    1. Thanks! It’s usually how I get the best of the best deals

  10. I’ve never been a one to shop at yard sales, but after this post, i may just this summer!


    1. That’s awesome! I hope you do!

  11. I am so bad at finding good deals. This post was so helpful for me! I definitely need to start planning better because I am such an impulse shopper. Thanks for sharing!

    1. I’m glad it was helpful for you ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Good tip to go early! I bet there are plenty of good finds if you’re one of the first people there.

  13. I used to enjoy going to yard sales years ago… I no longer go and I sell my stuff online or donate them. These are good tips for those looking for BARGAINS.:)

  14. I need these tips, thank you! I’m so not good at finding deals at yard sales or thrift shops.

  15. I really need to start shopping yard sales more, you can find such awesome things and for killer deals!
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