Shopping at garage and estate sales can be a lot like shopping at IKEA. There is a colossal mountain of stuff to sift through.
With thousands of garage sales and estate sales going on every day, there’s an overabundance of secondhand -- from the mundane and uninspiring to the high-end and out-of-reach. While it may be exciting at times, there are other times when finding items you need can be a downright chore.
Those are the times when I turn to the IKEA catalogue -- or, better yet,....more
Your grandma’s sweater never looked so cool. Vintage clothing is a hot commodity these days. Everyone from young fashionistas to more mature, sophisticated shoppers are getting into thrifting and vintage shopping, which is a smart way to score quality clothing, shoes and accessories on the cheap.
You can find quite a lot of vintage pieces in secondhand shops and thrift stores, but another great place to find vintage is in someone else’s backyard. Untold treasures await you at nearby estate sales and....more
You frequent yard sales. You enjoy scoring great deals. You have a hobby of restoring or repurposing your finds. You have bought and/or restored more items than you have a need for. You would like to earn extra cash.
If the above description sounds like you, you may want to get into the "flipping" business. Flipping -- or buying and reselling -- yard sale items can be a simple way to earn some extra cash while doing what you love. While anyone can get into flipping relatively....more
The Bonafide Hustler has been flipping thrift store, garage sale and estate sale items for the past decade. His success at flipping, or what he calls "hustling," led him to create an eponymous YouTube channel boasting thousands of subscribers.
I spoke to him about playing to win and found that, aside from his online swagger, The Bonafide Hustler is a genuinely nice Austin dweller with spades of passion and knowledge to share.
did you get....more
What do you do with the leftovers? Whether you had a successful garage sale or not, afterwards you might still be left with a sizeable number of unsold items.
The obvious solution is to donate your stuff to charity when possible, but you may have to toss some items in the recycling or garbage bins.
What to Toss
Toss items into the garbage only if they are broken, damaged or worn down to the point where nobody could potentially use them. However, most broken items....more
Yard Sale Queen has been shopping at and blogging about yard sales for more than 15 years. She has appeared on numerous radio and television programs and featured in print publications like Newsweek, Better Homes and Gardens and Arthur Frommer's Smart Shopping. We talked to her about everything from David Cassidy to bidets, and her tips for garage sale success.
1. Who is Yard Sale Queen?
My name is Chris Heiska, and I'm known as Yard Sale Queen. I was....more
Yard sale signs are simple -- just Sharpie, some poster board and staples, right? Yard sale signs are often the last thing anyone thinks about when deciding to sell their things. But smartly made -- and smartly placed -- signs can mean the difference between a yard buzzing with inquiring shoppers and one with nothing but the chirps of crickets.
For some tips on good garage sale signs, watch this quick video:
10 Pro Tips for Garage Sale Signs.
"I've got a box of old bras if you want to see them." -- Phyllis (The Office, Season 7, "Garage Sale")
Garage sale items run the gamut from the old and tattered to the shiny and new-ish. From the low end to the high end. From the vintage to the modern. From the practical to the collectible. And -- most entertainingly -- from the mundane to the strange.
If you've been to a garage sale, chances are you've seen some weird stuff -- things that are inexplicable,....more
Would you sell the toys of your late granddaughter at a garage sale? It was reported last week that the grandparents of Caylee Anthony, daughter of Casey Anthony, sold her belongings at a yard sale in Florida.
Online commenters have disagreed over whether Mr. and Mrs. Anthony should have included Caylee's things in their sale. Some people declared the sale never should have happened, while others suggested the Anthonys should have donated or auctioned off the items for....more
Garage sales have virtually exploded over the past couple of decades. But did you know that the modern day garage sale has roots in a 19th century event? The infographic below (by our partner site YardSales.net) tells you everything you need to know about the history of garage sales as well as weekly garage sale stats in the U.S. Get your history on!
One man’s junk may be another’s treasure, but treasure is rarely lying in plain sight. You might show up to a garage sale intending to score some relatively new items for cheap and find yourself faced with mounds of seemingly outdated junk. Should you walk away, or are there gems in the rough worth your time and money?
Many of the best “garage-salers” will tell you that finding treasure is more art than science – you’ve got to have a good eye. And many times, you have to be....more
Community garage sales are really garage sales in their purest, earliest form -- or rummage sales. Mammoth when compared to individual garage sales, these community garage sales often last for several days or occur multiple
times a year.
Some sales occur along major U.S. highways and span multiple states, while others happen citywide. Here is a list of 50 top community garage sales in the United States. Click on the image below for an interactive Google Map with location pins and more....more
7 Tips for Pricing Like a Pro
1. Check the going rates. Pricing secondhand items starts with research. Find out what secondhand items are selling for by checking sites like eBay or WorthMonkey.com, which checks Google, Amazon and eBay for pricing information on items like electronics. If you can, visit other yard sales or secondhand shops in your area to see how items are priced.
2. Offer a good deal. People come to yard sales because they're looking to score great deals. Secondhand items in perfect....more
One man's junk is another man's treasure. It's the driving philosophy behind why we have garage sales, storage auctions, and second-hand commerce in general. Whatever you are willing to give up, there's someone out there who probably wants it and will pay you for it.
American television has taken a keen interest in this idea, perpetuating and capitalizing on its popularity with paid cable and satellite programming like Storage Wars, Pawn Stars, and American Pickers, to name a few.
But just how in....more
Top tactics for getting the most out of your yard sale
Anyone can have a yard sale, but not everybody has a successful one. Having stuff to sell is just half the battle; the other half is planning. With a little bit of preparation, you can make the most out of your yard sale and bequeath troves of treasure to your local community.
Things You’ll Need
Yard, garage or driveway
Items to sell
Cash box or fanny pack....more