How To Furnish Your House With Items From A Garage Sale Or Yard Sale
When it comes to buying furniture it can get really expensive. You end up paying a little too much when you don’t really have to. Sometimes the best furniture deals can come from the last place you’d expect. I’m talking about finding furniture at a Garage Sale, Yard Sale, or Estate sale. You will find great deals, and chances are the furniture will look incredible. Here’s tips how to furnish your house or apartment buy shopping for furniture this way.
Start Off Will Setting A Money Limit
When you’re out going house to house, sometimes you’ll spot great furniture, other times you’ll spot pure junk. It’s all in the cost. If you spot a love seat for under $50, ask a ton of questions. Ask the person why they are selling it, ask why the price is so low. It may be low because a leg is missing, or it has a ton of scratches If that’s the case, skip it. However, if it’s $50 because the person has been trying to sell it for weeks, and they just want it out of the house, and it looks like great condition, take it!
Don’t buy something too cheap but also don’t pay too much. If a couch is costing $250 at a garage sale, go take a look at a furniture store around town. You could in theory buy a new sofa for the same price. Be careful.
Ask Plenty Of Questions
I touched on this briefly in the last section, but ask plenty of questions. Think about it…. This person is selling you something they no longer want…These questions should be going through your mind….”Why don’t they want it? What’s wrong with it? Is this going to become a pile of junk if I buy it?”. If you don’t ask any questions, you’re nuts. Don’t be afraid to ask, that’s what these people are here for… they will kiss your butt so you spend money. Make them work for your cash.
Chances are most people are getting ride of things that they upgraded on, or bought something fancier. I was able to buy an old coffee pot last summer because the owners bought a new Keurig. I was able to buy this pot for $10. Before I opened my wallet, I asked questions. Every single furniture item or appliance, you should ask a ton of questions.
Never Just Settle For The Sticker Price
This is the only place in this country you will be able to bargain with someone and negotiate price… at a garage sale. Try doing this at the supermarket or gas station… chances are you will fail. However, at a garage sale…. this is your golden opportunity. Never just settle for the sticker price, on anything. Always try asking for a lower price. It’s a lot of fun. Don’t be scared if they say no and are stern on price. This is ‘Murica you’re allowed to barter at Garage Sales.
You will get better with this over time. At first you’ll be very nervous…But after a few garage sales you’ll be a pro at talking down prices.
Make Sure You Have The Proper Vehicle To Transport Furniture
If you plan on buying a couch and you’re driving a Colbalt, maybe you should find a truck. Chances are you know someone who has one, you’ll easily be able to borrow it… However, will the person selling it wait? What do you do if you need to go grab the truck? PAY FIRST! However, before you pay first, ask if they can hold on to the sofa for a few hours while you go pick it up. For most people, they won’t mind…. However others will be a pain. They will give you the line “I’ll hold on till the next offer comes in”, even if you pay first.
If this happens you can do one of two things: 1) Tell this person no thank you and leave, 2) offer an extra 20 bucks so they will make a little extra cash and calm down. Like I said, most people won’t care though.
How To Make The Most Money At A Garage Sale This Summer
We’re helping you turn your trash into cash with our World’s Largest Yard & Garage Sale June 22nd at the Herkimer County Fairgrounds from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Want to reserve your spot? If you have stuff to sell, just want to get rid of things around the house, or need to clean out the garage, the World’s Largest Yard & Garage Sale is the place to do it. Crafters and home-based or small retail businesses are also welcome to take part.