Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Getting Started in the Garage Sale World


As it is with everything else in this life, getting started is the hardest part. Many of us are simply intimidated by the unknown and the fact that we may not be sure how to do something. I am here to tell you that there is no right way to garage sale! You can do it however you want! For myself, I have found a few different ways that are effective that just might work for you too!

The first way is to simply get out and start driving. Go down popular roads and neighborhoods looking for signs. When you see those garage sale signs, follow them! Simple, right? Pretty soon, you will be able to establish a route that fits you. When establishing your route, an important thing to keep in mind is economic status; wealthy people tend to have nice things. Therefore it makes sense to hit the areas of higher economic status first. Those are the places where you want to begin your search. But, be careful not to count out areas just because they’re not the Ritz. I have found some pretty interesting things in unsuspecting areas. However, you should prioritize your garage sales by affluence. Pay attention to areas that are of greater economic status that have the largest concentration of garage sales. These are the areas you want to hit first. If there are a few areas you like that are close to each other this is a golden area because there will be a good concentration of sales and you will limit your gas expense.

The second way to garage sale is to take a look on Craig’s List, the newspaper, and other websites such as http://www.atgaragesale.com/ to determine your route. These are great tools to find lists of the garage sales in your area. I especially like to do this on Friday mornings or in the winter months when garage sales aren’t as abundant. Because many people give a description or even pictures of what they are selling, this is a great way to garage sale if you’re looking for something in particular. There are also some websites you can find that will allow you to enter in the addresses of yard sales and will map out a route for you! I have not found one yet that I am in love with because many of them can be hard to use. Your GPS can be helpful but can sometimes take you to the wrong place. I will let you know when I find one I like though!

I personally suggest you do a combination of both of these. Take a look at these websites that list garage sales. Are there any community sales or major fundraising sales that provide a large concentration in a small area? Are there any that interest you and list what you are looking for? These would be good to head to first thing on your garage sale morning. Garage sales are all about first come first serve so if there is something you think you might want or it just sounds like an awesome garage sale you want to be there first! Remember the good stuff goes fast!

So there you have it! Now get out and get started! If this was at all over whelming then just get out and start driving. See what you can find! The possibilities are endless!


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