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. If you are in more of a hurry, find a thrift store instead. But, find one in a high end neighborhood, one where the store sorts through the donations to select only the best. 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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Wait, Don’t Buy That Yet!

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Spending our precious and all too limited time searching online and in stores. 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.

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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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Stuff – Full Circle

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Lists for Santa Claus, or for birthday gifts start them out and soon they are eyeing and selecting from the wonderful bounty at the stores. 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. Estate sales, moving sales and massive give aways are typical at this stage.

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6 Tips to Save Money On Home Décor

Saving Cents With Sense

Even at discount stores, new furniture can easily set you back thousands of dollars. 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.