My Best Garage Sale Finds

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

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. In my area, garage sales run spring, summer and fall – usually starting on Friday morning and running through Saturday about noon. I look for the neighborhood sales, which are usually either in spring or fall.

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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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. Comment ASAP If you’re interested in something posted on a Facebook garage sale group, be sure to comment right away! By making a good impression on the seller, you can suggest that the next time they have something for sale that they contact you first before posting it on the group.

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. If you’re ready to get rid of your kids’ old clothes, these tips can help you sell on a garage sale group. Be Honest About Condition If you’re selling clothes on a Facebook garage sale group, make sure you’re honest about the condition.

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 are one of the few USA venues where negotiation on the price of goods to be bought is expected. Garage sales afford an optimal way to get access products to be re-used. Going to garage sales can be very cheap entertainment.

Market Place: Online Community Garage Sale

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With great intentions, we usually set these items to the side for a future garage sale but as time gets by during our busy lives it is hard to organize and dedicate a full day to a garage sale. So let the Market Place be your personal Community Garage sale reaching out to thousands of people nationwide. On to the Giveaway , in celebration of summer nearing an end, we would like to organize a C ommunity Garage Sale in our new marketplace !

Best Buy Trussville Garage Sale Saturday & Sunday -- Open Box Clearance

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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. Instead, I settled on a garage sale stand mixer I found for $10. Rather than spending money buying clothes in a new size every few months, I bought at garage sales and thrift stores. I love to buy things second hand.

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. A typical garage is a hodge-podge of tools, cleaning products, toxic chemicals, tools and garden equipment, auto supplies, and who knows what else. Here are some ideas for where to hide valuables in your garage: An old paint can. Do You Know a Millionaire Garage Sale-er?

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! Things You Can Do To NOT Make Money Repair, Don’t Replace 10 Steps To A Successful Garage Sale Birthday Freebies: 5 Free Things You Can Get on Your… Do You Know a Millionaire Garage Sale-er?

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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). 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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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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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. If something is cheap at a garage sale, I may buy it even if I’m not sure that I’ll use it. Two and a half years ago, my husband and I moved to a new, bigger apartment. We loved how the apartment felt when we first moved in.

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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. In order to get to a million, you have to be willing to prioritize your life’s goals to get there. You can’t spend more than you earn. You must control your debt. You need to be willing to invest in yourself. You have to be willing to take a few calculated risks.

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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. 8 Great Things that You Can Find at Thrift Stores 10 Steps To A Successful Garage Sale 5 Ways to Go Green and Save Money at the Same Time How to Shop for Furniture at Thrift Stores How to Save Money on Baby Costs.

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. He is more confident that he can start a successful business if he has had good luck with sales. Knowing Sales Techniques Helps Your Child Resist Marketing Attempts. lot of us frequent garage sales.

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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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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! If you’re not careful, decor costs – even frugal DIY projects – can really get away from you. One very inexpensive way to decorate your home for the season is with free fall printables !

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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. If you garage sale, look for those decorations! If so, garage sales are great places to get really inexpensive holiday decorations – typically next to new.

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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. Holiday tins are also bountiful at these sales. Shop the after Christmas sales. I do use regular wrapping paper and tags, if I can get them on sale.

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. If you are like most parents, you want to raise your children well – to develop their mental and physical aspects completely. Most people know that music education helps grow children’s brains.

4 DIY Entryway Bench Ideas You Can Actually Do

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So this door turned entryway bench will require that you either have an old door lying around or can find one at a local garage sale or hardware store. An entryway bench probably wasn’t at the top of your must-have furniture list, but it can add so much functionality and coziness to your home! However, much as I love a good entryway bench, I agree that it shouldn’t cost you too much. Enter DIY entryway bench ideas!

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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. It’s still the same organization, but I work with different people all together, and each site has it’s own regulations and ways that they do things. So it’s a bit of a culture shock.

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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. Have you ever had a big project to do – whether it was at home, at work, for volunteer purposes, or for school – for which you had no idea what the first step should be? Yeah, I have a lot of times. Most of the time, actually, when a project is handed to me.

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! Right now, you can head over to Sears to get a NW Territory 6 Ft Fold-in-Half Table for only $37.99 ! This price is almost 50% off the retail price! You can even pickup in the store to save on shipping!

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4 Simple Strategies to Save on Children’s Clothes

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You can find used children’s clothing at thrift stores, garage sales, or online via Facebook Marketplace or eBay. Children grow like weeds. Since they change sizes so quickly, it can be challenging and expensive to maintain an appropriate wardrobe. But you don’t have to empty your kids’ college funds to keep them decked out in the latest fashions. With these four simple strategies, you can save a ton of money on children’s clothes. Buy Out of Season.

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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. The best place to find used canning accessories cheaply is eBay , although sometimes you can get lucky and spot some items at garage sales , too.

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. They’re also good for labeling jars, cans, totes, folders… just about anything! This has been added to the Target Deals Page. Share or Print This

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 year old daughter and an 18 month old son. She has been married to her husband Bryan (aka Stretch) for 4 years and they’ve been together for 8 years.

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! Here are your Friday Freebies: Free Sample of Arm & Hammer Toothpaste. link]. Free Sample of Dial 7-Day Moisturizing. Facebook offer, 200,000 winners). Free Sample of Eucerin Lotion. Free Sample of Gevalia Coffee Single.

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. If you’d like to take an easy step to go green and save money in the process, the first place to make changes is in buying disposable items. Disposable Kitchen Items. Start in the kitchen first. How many disposable items do you see?

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Organizing With Baskets ~ Ultimate Blog Swap

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The picnic basket in the middle was an estate sale find and the little one on top.came from a garage sale. Today I’m participating in the Ultimate Blog Swap. You’ll find me posting over at Adventures of Life, Love and Librarianship about Asking for a Discount in Today's Economy , and I’m excited to welcome Liz from Hoosier Homemade to Family Balance Sheet: Hi there, Family Balance Sheet fans! I'm Liz from Hoosier Homemade , and am so excited to be chatting with you today.

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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! 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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Meet Amanda & Daniel. They Paid Off $68,000 in Debt in 8 Months.

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We sold extra items that we weren’t using through Craigslist and garage sales. Today’s Debt Free Story is from Amanda & Daniel. Together they blog about becoming debt free and location independence in order to serve the world at Life with a Mission. Tell us about you and your family. Where are you from? What do you and your spouse do for a living? What are your hobbies? Include anything that you’d like to add to give the reader an idea about your personality.

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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! Toys R Us has select Hatchimals in-stock priced at $79.99 with FREE Shipping.

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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. 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. Have you heard the old saying: “Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.”? I grew up with this, in theory and in practice.

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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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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Rent-to-Own Homes: A Way to Make a Home Sale Work

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The rent-purchase agreement allows the buyer to live in the home while paying the seller rent, and the part of the rent goes toward the home’s sale price. The buyer loses the part of the rent they paid toward the home’s sale price if they can’t buy the house at the end of the agreement. As with all home sales and rentals, both the buyer and seller should look at the pros and cons of a rent-to-own agreement before signing on the dotted line.

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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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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. You need to be the gal going in after the neighborhood garage sales and hauling everything left away – for free. Every weekend I would find the sales, use up gas and time driving around to them, and looking for old things.

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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. When I go to garage sales, I see folks selling nearly new home decorations for a pittance. I’ve been a homeowner since 1978, when we bought our fixer upper little ranch house when our second baby was 6 months old.

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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. That’s good for the Earth and for personal finances. The truth is, there are plenty of things our grandparents and great grandparents did that were eco-friendly and frugal that we can easily do today.