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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
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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!
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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.
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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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  • Judy4justice
    Judy4justice Pleasant Grove, AL

    I lost my home and most of its contents a little over 3 years ago in a tornado here in Alabama.This puts a whole new perspective on what 'stuff' is important and what isn't!! Yard sales are the BEST although I don't get to go often now because of

    • Marty's Musings
      Marty's Musings Greensboro, NC

      @Judy4justice I am so very sorry for what you went through. I truly can't imagine, but I'm so glad you're a smart shopper and didn't feel that you have to have everything new.

  • Norma R
    Norma R Snohomish, WA

    Just because one has a little extra cash, doesn't mean you have to burn through it. I love using my creativity to come up with something pretty. Good job!

    • Marty's Musings
      Marty's Musings Greensboro, NC

      @Norma R I think too many families do not pass on the ideas of embracing living on less. I believe it's a gift that I give my children. They may never have to live on a tight budget, but if they do I'll know I've taught them the skills necessary not

  • Debra Anderson
    Debra Anderson Sand Springs, OK

    My girls were raised on having less, and today they live by that. One problem--one son-in-law bought his kids what they wanted cause he never had what he wanted as a kid. So that ruined it for my youngest daughter. Today he regrets it cause economy

    • Cindy C
      Cindy C Brewton, AL

      My granddaughters other Grandma buys soooo much and I will not compete. The first Christmas the things we bought was sent back to our home. I didn't buy for her for a long time cause it really hurt us, then I decided to put $10.00 in her birthday

  • Norma R
    Norma R Snohomish, WA

    I couldn't agree more, ladies. Besides, it takes better smarts and creativity. Anyone can put something on credit and dig themselves is a hole. I too would rather live on less.

    • Marty's Musings
      Marty's Musings Greensboro, NC

      @Norma R I like that! Smarts and creativity but you're so right!

  • Norma R
    Norma R Snohomish, WA

    Debra, I too have family members that spoil their kids and I tell them the same thing. It is better to teach them survival skills and the difference between need and want.

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