At one point in my life, the pre-teen years, I seriously hated yard sales. My mom would try and get me excited about someone else’s used items, clothing in particular, to save a buck. Those years found me in an identity crisis. My parents couldn’t afford buying a whole bunch of new clothing for me and and I didn’t have money so I just coasted along on one pair of store bought flare jeans till my insanity was cured. I don’t know what in my brain switched from hating yard sales to loving yard sales (thank you Lord that my preferred pants cut is no longer flared, phew) but I love Yard Sales. In High School I would find the most amazing 70s shirts, jackets, beanies and dresses. And now that I’m all grown up, married with 3 girls of my own, I’ve purchased everything from heaters and fans to utensils and beds. I find joy through getting cool stuff CHEAP and have saved some serious green by shopping yard sales first. People seem to think raising kids is soooo expensive. I see some truth to that if you pay retail for material items for them but geez, when you find clothes and toys for ten cents on the dollar at yard sales – that huge expense can be moved towards fun things like travel and swim lessons. Today I payed a whopping $2.25 for
5 pairs of jeans
1 pair of shorts
for my girls.
That almost takes care of my 6 year olds clothing needs for the up-coming school year. At another yard sale I got her a lunch bag and water bottle for school for $1.00 total.
No need to head to target. Try yard sales first.
If you are new to yard sales and not a seasoned veteran like my Mom and Aunt, my bit of advice is don’t be afraid to walk away from a “deal”. It may be cheaper than retail but a good yard sale is one that people don’t say: “Well, I paid $– for it new”. Who cares what they paid new! Too bad for them A good yard sale is when people want it gone. The cool thing about yard sales is that there are some every single weekend- it’s not a limited time clearance. So, walk if it’s not cheap enough.
One more bit of advice- you only will really save money if you actually use the items you buy. That bread machine for $10- awesome deal if you actually bake bread with it. Otherwise, you end up storing it till you have a yard sale and then end up donating it to a thrift store because it didn’t sell. Be selective, not a junk hoarder.
Happy yard sale-ing! Carie