Garage Sale Guidelines- quick version
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Here are some guidelines to help you be more effective when garage saleing
1. Always bring Cash.
2. Don't dress nicely. You may be quoted higher prices on items if you are dressed nice.
3. Be friendly. If the seller feels like you are their friend they will be more likely to give you a better price
4. Time is essential. The more garage sales you can hit in a shorter amount of time the more treasures you will find.
5. Be prepared. Make sure gas tank is full and bring water and snacks to limit your stops.
6. Don't judge a garage sale by its sign.
7. Don't judge a garage sale by doing a "drive by." A drive by is what you do when you just look at what the seller has from the seat of your car. You may miss something amazing.
8. If there is something you like or want, pick it up and carry it around with you before someone else does. You can always put it back down if you decide you don't want to buy it.
9. If you can, always ask if the seller will go down on their marked or stated price. This will save you lots of money!
10. Ask for a group price for all the items you want. Many times, if you are buying a large amount from a garage sale, the seller doesn’t mind giving you a discounted price on your total purchase. But remember you have to ask for it!
11. Be prepared to meet some very interesting and sometimes even rude people. I have learned there is not a limit to what someone will do to get what they want.12. Unless you have someone that knows how to work on electronics I would suggest you don't buy them. If its something that can be plugged always ask to see if it works before you buy it.
13. Understand that you are shopping at a garage sale. Things are used and may not be perfect. Be creative! Sometimes you can still make these things work to your benefit!
14. Listen to how the seller deals with other customers. By doing this, you will be able to gauge whether the seller is pretty firm on their prices or if they would be willing to let things go for cheap.
15. Try not to offend the seller. Once you have offended them, they are less inclined to give you a good deal. If you don’t want to name a lower price because you aren’t sure if it would offend them simply ask if they would go down so that they name the lower price instead of you. Then you can bargain further if you wish.
16. Remember that you have no obligation to buy anything! If you are feeling obligated use an excuse. My favorite line is "let me talk to my husband."