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Yard Sale Tips: Trash or Treasure

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As a stay at home mom, I have been committed to living on less (mostly ’cause there was always a lot of “less!”), but I also have looked at saving money as my way of contributing to our household. Yardsaling is one way I do that.
I have been yardsaling since my senior year in college, somewhere around 198_ (muffle, muffle). I think my first purchase was a pair of amazing black patent leather high heel pumps for $.25 and I was forever changed!
There are some definite “rules” that I try to follow to keep from being swept away by the thrill of the hunt. I hope these yard sale tips will help you as well.
Difficulty: Easy
Do you really love it? Yard sales can be overwhelming, with boxes and tables full of unimaginable goodies, but do you really, really need that bust of George Washington or those vintage table linens? The answer may be yes, it’s exactly what you’re looking for. If so by all means, get it! If not, keep on walking!
Can you afford to buy it? Folks who have yard sales often hold them for different reasons. Some people just want to get rid of their junk and some want to get the best price possible out of their possessions. In other words, some may be willing to negotiate with the price and some may not. Know when to say no.
Can you afford NOT to buy it? I know when I’m strapped for cash it can be hard to know whether to take the plunge and buy something, even if it’s relatively inexpensive. I try to ask if I will kick myself later because I didn’t get it.
More tips and strategies on the blog!

To see more: http://martysmusings.net/2014/09/yard-sale-tips.html

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  • Carole
    Carole Australia
    on Sep 27, 2014

    Since moving to an area of very little employment prospects, I am now appalled at the money myself and my hubby spent/wasted when we lived in the city and were both gainfully employed. I look back and I positively shudder! I find myself seeking out kerbside clean-ups, going on ebay and so on now for items for our rather large garden (one of the payoffs for moving to this area- affordable housing and large blocks of land in natural forest/bushland setting) or items to makeover. Some items we have kept but a lot I have sold. It is a whole different world but has taught me a lot and I am a lot less wasteful as a result! Thanks for posting your tips for yard sales. I am learning it is only a bargain if you have a use for it!

    • Marty's Musings
      Marty's Musings Greensboro, NC
      on Sep 27, 2014

      @Carole I completely understand. We've been through a whole lot more of "less" than plenty and I'm grateful for the skills that I taught myself on how to stretch what we have. Why spend more if you can spend less? Good luck and God bless!

  • Jeanette S
    Jeanette S Atlanta, GA
    on Sep 27, 2014

    I think our economy has drastically changed and it is going to be that way for a long time if not forever. Learning to live with less is beginning to be the norm for a lot of people. Good for you for recognizing that life is more than just stuff. I ran across this saying: "Just because you have the best things, does not mean that you have the best life". We can adjust and we can be very happy doing so!

    • Marty's Musings
      Marty's Musings Greensboro, NC
      on Sep 27, 2014

      @Jeanette S Such a great saying! Things certainly do not guarantee happiness or contentment. I'm striving for the later.

  • Z
    Z
    on Sep 27, 2014

    My Daddy was Craftsman/Tinner, so I grew up learning how to be prudent, since that type of work paid well, but was not a constant. Not so much that we went without, but to the point where I learned the value, or lack there of, "stuff" and that one must plan for a possible lull in the future. Shoes, furniture, appliances and such things must be of good quality, therefore worth spending extra on so they'd last, or in the case of shoes, support our body well. I was also taught how to care for things to make them last. We didn't spend crazy amounts on clothing (I never needed a designers name on the back pocket of my blue jeans) or items that it wasn't necessary that they last forever. I'm still very much the same way. In fact, I'd say I'm actually a reverse snob, as I find it makes so much more sense to not throw money away on designer and big name products unless they are truly a better product. Luckily I married a man that feels the same way. When his friends complain about how much their wives spend, he just smiles, when they ask what's that smile for he tells them he got lucky.

    • Z
      Z
      on Sep 27, 2014

      @Thank you Marty. And yes, we two are blessed. I got so caught up in my reaction to your post that I forgot to say how wise you are too and sweet of you to pass on your smart sense of how to shop sales.

  • Tonya Marie
    Tonya Marie Medina, OH
    on Sep 28, 2014

    I love buying at yard sale and refreshing or up-doing any item. We have the tightest budget i know, and i love adding "new" pieces to my home. Some we do not keep some we pass on and some we sell.

    • Marty's Musings
      Marty's Musings Greensboro, NC
      on Sep 28, 2014

      @Tonya Marie Isn't it wonderful to bless others by passing them on? We love shopping the curb as well. Love rescuing what others throw away!

  • La Mac
    La Mac Tulsa, OK
    on Sep 28, 2014

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