My Best Garage Sale Finds

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Years ago, Mom introduced me to the idea of going to garage sales. People sell the darnedest things at their garage sales. Garage sales take time, you have to hit quite a few before you find the item you want or need. But, find one in a high end neighborhood, one where the store sorts through the donations to select only the best. I look for the neighborhood sales, which are usually either in spring or fall. Typical garage sale prices are $.25

10 Steps To A Successful Garage Sale

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Garage sales are a great way to make some extra money, and they are a great activity for kids during the summer break. With the proper amount of planning, you can have an easy, stress free garage sale where you make a profit. If you follow these tips, it will be easy to manage your own garage sale. Get With Friends One of the easiest things that you can do to help ensure that you have a successful garage sale is to get with some of your friends.

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Go Green This Halloween

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We do put up decorations (ones I buy at garage sales or thrift stores and reuse each year). Buy one then sell, donate or exchange it. If your child (or you) just has to have that store bought costume with all the non-biodegradable materials (you know, that one that costs you at least $20), then after its typical one time use, just donate to your local charity or sell it at your next garage sale or online.

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Keep Clutter at Bay by Recognizing Where It Comes From

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While I appreciate the thought, those toys don’t get used often, and I feel bad donating them or giving them away. I have a soft spot for good sales, whether they be at the local retail store (I bought way too many Gymboree shirts for my daughter when they were on sale for $3.99) or at a garage sale. If something is cheap at a garage sale, I may buy it even if I’m not sure that I’ll use it.

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Don’t be a Buy-It-New Snob

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Fashion changes and new or nearly new clothing gets sold at sales or donated to charity. For me, going to sales is not just a means to find things I need at rock bottom prices, it is also entertainment. Neighborhood sales are my favorite, and they are prolific in spring and fall. I can park my car and walk from sale to sale, getting a bit of exercise, enjoying the fine weather and seeing the architecture and landscaping of the homes along the way.

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Children’s Music on a Budget

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Garage sales – I found a guitar for $5.00 once at a garage sale and bought it for my grandson. Relatives – Great Uncle Joe may still have that trumpet he used to play and might like to donate it to a future generation! Musical instrument exchanges – some sites let owners list and buyers browse used instrument sales. If you are like most parents, you want to raise your children well – to develop their mental and physical aspects completely.

Wait, Don’t Buy That Yet!

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Sure I knew about the ‘White sales’ – the ones stores used to have in January on sheets and towels and such, but I really hadn’t a clue that there is a best time to buy many other things! However, I wait until spring and summer to buy decorations – and get them at garage sales. Most claimed that the holiday sales were of no-name TVs. For many, the end of the year holiday shopping frenzy can override our saner, more thrifty selves.

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Save (and Make) Money By Tidying Up!

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She has a specific process of tidying up – you go through your various items, save what “sparks joy” and donate, sell and throw the rest away. I Same thing with my books: anything in really good condition, I’m selling online and the rest I’m donating. The other thing you can do once you’ve finished the whole process is have a garage sale! You’ve most likely heard of Marie Kondo and the KonMari method of tidying up.

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Ways to Make Do With What You Have

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Donate good clothing you really can’t use to a non-profit and bank the tax deduction. There have been countless times I have seen nearly new, decorator pieces being sold for pennies on the dollar at garage sales because the homeowner decided to re-decorate. Most of them had little use for huge walk in closets or shoe racks to hold dozens of pairs of shoes or garages to hold more than one or two cars.

5 Ways to Keep Your Home Clutter Free

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I took at least three trunks full of “stuff” to Goodwill, I had a garage sale, and I sold things online. If you buy your child a new doll, make sure that you donate or sell another one of her toys or you’ll end up with a toy room filled with toys your children don’t play with. I’m on a mission to declutter our home. Unfortunately, this isn’t my first time. Three years ago, before we moved to our current home, I decluttered.

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Stuff – Full Circle

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Some get stuff from stores, the less financially favored head for thrift stores, garage sales, Mom’s house or the trash pickup routes. You donate to suitable charities. Maybe you put it at the curb, hoping someone will take it and use it – or you sell it at a garage sale or some other used stuff venue. Estate sales, moving sales and massive give aways are typical at this stage.

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Tidying Up – Saving You Money!

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She has a specific process of tidying up – you go through your various items, save what “sparks joy” and donate, sell and throw the rest away. I Same thing with my books: anything in really good condition, I’m selling online and the rest I’m donating. The other thing you can do once you’ve finished the whole process is have a garage sale! You’ve most likely heard of Marie Kondo and the KonMari method of tidying up.

Kindergarten to College – Back to School Money Tips

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learning to give by having them donate last years clothing. I love to shop garage sales. This post was written by Marie. . Who wants to think about Back to School when we are mired in the dog days of summer? Not many – but by planning ahead now you might find ways to lessen the expenses you will face next month and use the annual experience as a teachable moment in your child’s personal finance education.

6 Tips to Save Money On Home Décor

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Check out some thrift stores, vintage stores, flea markets, and garage sales. Pick out your desired paint color at the hardware store and ask the sales person what you will need to paint a room. Sometimes, fabric stores will have sales on remnants up to three yards, which is ideal for upholstering a stool or side chair. If you can’t sell something, consider donating it and at least getting the tax write off.