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. Typical garage sale prices are $.25

Tips for Buying Kids’ Clothes on Facebook Garage Sale Groups

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Garage sale and resale groups have become increasingly popular on Facebook. Here are some tips for buying kid’s clothes on Facebook garage sale groups. Buying clothes on Facebook garage sale groups is a great way to get clothes for your kids at a great price.

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. Do You Know a Millionaire Garage Sale-er?

Tips for Selling Kids’ Clothes on Facebook Garage Sale Groups

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Instead of keeping it in storage wasting precious space, try selling it on a Facebook garage sale group. Many communities now have Facebook garage sale groups that make it easy for parents to get rid of old clothes. Do you sell items on Facebook garage sale groups?

Do You Know a Millionaire Garage Sale-er?

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A lot of us frequent garage sales. But once you have made your millions – would you still go garage sale-ing? Why would a millionaire want to continue to shop at garage sales? Garage sales afford an optimal way to get access products to be re-used.

Save Money and the Environment By Buying Second Hand

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Just look at the many people scouring garage sales in the summer. Blender Fifteen years ago, I bought a blender at a garage sale for $3. Toaster Oven I bought a toaster oven at a garage sale for $2. I love to buy things second hand.

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). 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. Search the attic, the backs of the closets, the garage and see what inspiration presents.

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Free Fall Printables to Frame | DIY Fall Home Decor

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Just find a cute printable, pop it in a cheap frame (check Goodwill, garage sales, your attic, etc. Fall is upon us. Can you believe it? I just love the feel of Fall, and I always get excited to get the house feeling cozy!

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The Best Place To Hide Valuables In Your Home

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Sure, once in a while a garage will be broken into and a car or some high-end items will be taken, but for the most part garages are left alone whenever a criminal decides to break into a home. Here are some ideas for where to hide valuables in your garage: An old paint can.

Target Deal: Avery Address Labels $1.49 (Reg. $4.49)

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These are good to have on hand to use as price tags at bake sales, garage sales or church sales. Here’s a great deal on Avery labels at Target: Avery 1″ x 2 5’8″ White Address Label $4.49 (regular price). Use $3.00/1 Printable Coupon. Pay: $1.49.

Not So Free – Free Things

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I love going to garage sales. Last summer, a lady on the street next to ours had a wonderful sale. This past weekend, I went out garage sailing just for fun. These things now live in our garage, taking up space that we don’t have! Free is good, right?

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NW Territory 6 Ft Fold-in-Half Table- Only $37.99 with FREE Store Pickup!

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If your house is like ours, you can always use extra table space, whether it is for having extra guests at dinner, having a garage sale or even doing crafts! NW Territory 6 Ft Fold-in-Half Table- Only $37.99 with FREE Store Pickup!

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Keep Clutter at Bay by Recognizing Where It Comes From

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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. Two and a half years ago, my husband and I moved to a new, bigger apartment.

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Hatchimals IN-STOCK at Toys R Us – Order NOW For $79.99 Or Less!

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These are $20 more than the regular price, however we have seen some being sold at garage sales for over a $100. Hatchimals IN-STOCK at Toys R Us – Order NOW For $79.99 Or Less! A lot of parents are going to be happy to find this deal, as are lot of kids!

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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.

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Teaching Children to Sell Helps Them Excel

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Why in the world would a sane parent want to teach their child sales techniques? Learning, practicing and honing your child’s sales skills will not be taught in school, but will be core to his or her success in life. Sales Are Part Of Every Transaction We Do.

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It’s Easy To Make A Million Dollars

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Garage Sale Results Well, the last two weekends of ours have been busy to say the least. We hosted two garage sales in. All it takes is desire, persistence, a bit of luck, and lots of time. Desire.

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Save Money: Buy These 7 Items Used

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Garage sales, estate sales, and moving sales are all great places to look for used furniture. You can also find truly interesting pieces at estate sales. There are usually plenty of used engagement rings for sale at reasonable prices.

Christmas in July

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Start talking about the possibility of exchanging gifts with out of town recipients AFTER the actual holiday date – so you can buy their gifts on sale after the holiday. She also loves to go to garage sales and most of her small gifts are loot from her bargains at the sales.

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Do You Save Wrapping? – Thrifty Ways to Wrap Christmas Gifts

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Shop garage sales and thrift stores and estate sales. Christmas decorations, wrap, bows and ribbon all are continuous offerings at pretty much every garage sale, thrift store or estate sale I’ve ever shopped. Shop the after Christmas sales.

Introducing New Couponing 101 Contributer, Alicia!

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Alicia loves to bargain shop wherever she goes…the grocery store, the craft store, restaurants, garage sales, and online stores. I am happy to introduce you to my friend and new Couponing 101 contributer – Alicia Whatley ! Alicia a work-at-home mom to a 3.5

Free Samples of Arm & Hammer, Eucerin, Greysky Coffee, and More!

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Free Download of The Complete Money Saver’s Guide to Garage Sale Shopping eBook. I am once again hosting Freebie Friday over at Mom Advice this week! Amy has endless craft, organization, and homemaking ideas, so be sure to stop on over for a visit!

What Makes a Saver?

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As a young mom, I saved like mad – going to garage sales, thrift stores and accepting hand me downs on toys and clothing. If we truly be either saver or spender, what makes us one or the other? Are we predestined from birth to be one or the other as at least one study proposes? Or is it our earliest environments that mold us to be one or the other? What is it that makes a person a saver? The act of saving.

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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. Musical instrument exchanges – some sites let owners list and buyers browse used instrument sales.

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Adjusting to New Spaces

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10 Steps To A Successful Garage Sale Garage sales are a great way to make some extra money, and they are a great activity for kids during. I’ve recently moved work locations within the same organization and it’s proven to be a very tumultuous experience.

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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. 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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Make Your Own Board Game

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I keep a roll of heavy paper (which I buy at Home Depot for about $11 for a roll about 2 inches thick and 2 feet wide) to use in wrapping packages, protecting floors during home projects, making garage sale signs and etc. I will probably use an old garage sale board game as the base, and just glue the printed game mat to it. The Toothpaste Millionaire is a juvenile level book that has many lessons to teach.

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How To Organize A Project

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10 Steps To A Successful Garage Sale Garage sales are a great way to make some extra money, and they are a great activity for kids during.

Save Money and Go Green By Replacing These Disposable Items with Reusable Ones

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You can often by these cheap at garage sales. Most of us who are 40 and younger grew up with disposable paper items. Because that’s all we knew, they became the norm. However, a generation or two ago, disposable items were less common.

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Why Did I Buy That!

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Last week I visited a garage sale. I didn’t feel obligated, but did end up buying another package of it at that sale! Just sit through the sales presentation and then take advantage of the ‘free’ advice. Another way sales personnel try to get you to buy is to invest time their time with you. We’ve all seen the ads that proclaim Sale ends Saturday, hurry while supplies last!

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Canning CAN Be Cheap!

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I have found that garage sales , flea markets , estate sales or Mom/Grandma’s basement are the best places to score a great deal on used canning jars. Canners are readily available for sale at a great discount through online sellers at eBay and Craigslist.

Used Furniture – Re-purpose, Recycle, Re-use.

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Garage sale and thrift store furniture bargains abound. Our home furnishings include many cherished family heirlooms, such as an iron bed my folks bought at a sale, or the hand carved bed frame purchased by my great-grandfather. Furniture is expensive, no doubt about it.

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Things I’ve Learned During 30 + Years of Home Ownership

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As a child and teen, I painted (inside and out), mowed and trimmed, punched holes in concrete to install decorate iron railings, worked with hand and power tools and helped my parents do everything from putting up a garage to putting up storm windows.

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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! Most claimed that the holiday sales were of no-name TVs.

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Let's talk hobbies and recreation

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Don''t forget garage sales! We look for ways to save money in other areas of life, too, not just shopping and couponing. Even in things like trips and vacations, entertainment, education, and our cherished hobbies. Some fun hobbies are camping, hiking, and fishing.

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Ways to Make Do With What You Have

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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. Have you heard the old saying: “Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.”?

Should You Spend Your Money on Home Re-Decorating?

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Have you ever shopped at neighborhood garage sales? You will find the most amazing collections of nearly new home decorating materials at them – beautiful lined panel drapes; lovely dining room furniture and display cases; wall art, wing back chairs, clocks and more – all for a pittance. I’ve used these finds to help furnish and decorate a vacation rental and to fill in pieces we lacked at home. All from homeowners replacing nearly new home decor.

Simple Things You Can Do to Be Environmentally Friendly and Save Money

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I happened upon some old canning Mason jars at a garage sale, and now we use those for everything–making iced tea in the summer, putting leftover soup in, holding our homemade laundry detergent. So often, being environmentally friendly and saving money go hand in hand.

Things You Can Do To NOT Make Money

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I’ve always loved going to salesgarage sales, estate sales, auctions, moving sales – no matter. To be successful, I think you need access to free or really cheap bulk sale items. Estate sales are pretty expensive if you are trying to make a profit.

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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. 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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