1. No early birds. It's considered bad manners to show up early and try to purchase before the yard sale begins. Follow the rules like everyone else and show up on time.
2. Location is key. Check out the neighborhood and the people putting it on. Do they have similar taste? Do they have kids? What can you find? Don't waste your time going to a yard sale where all the clothes are for 60 year old women if that's not your style. It also helps to read descriptions when they post them on the Pennysaver.
3. Bring a friend. It's better to have a second pair of eyes.
4. Bring Cash. Seems like an obvious one. But we always forget to bring change, you know, like the jingling kind.
5. Bargain. Yard sales, like Mexico, are one the few places where bargaining is expected. Make an offer and see if they take it.
6. Walk away! I mentioned this yesterday but It's important. Remember It's a yard sale, you should not be paying $5 for a shirt.
7. Know your prices. Generally yard sales should go something like:
This is not strict but the general rule of thumb (at least here in So Cal).
If you're serious about yard sales then you should have a plan of attack.
Look them up. Looking up yard sales in the penny saver and Craigslist saves a lot more time than driving around.
Know what you're looking for. Yard Sale, Estate Sale, Block Sale. Each one offers something different.
Yard Sale: Depends on the owner
Estate Sale: Usually most things in the house are selling which means big furniture.
Block Sale: Variety of things.
Have a driving route: Map it out to save time and be efficient. Hit the most promising ones first.
Wake up early. Wake-wake, eggs and bakey! You have to get up early if you want the good stuff.
Bring snacks. If you want to be a hardcore yard sale nut you cant veer off the path. Bring snacks and save time from having to pick something up.
You just had a crash course on Yard Sale 101. You are now ready to get out there...