A Mom’s Guide to Garage Sales

June 30, 2017 14 Comments

Garage sale season is upon us and if you are a thrifty mom, now might be the best time to take advantage of the sales while meeting some of your family’s basic needs.

As someone who is working to choose the simpler life, I really don’t enjoy looking through people’s random things to buy more random things for my house. However, when it comes to meeting needs in our family I’m all about a good deal.

Proverbs 31 talks about the woman who goes to the merchant ships to purchase for her family. She is wise and shrewd with her money. I’m not entirely sure, but it sounds like a lot of good garage saling to me. 😉

 

Items to Shop for

 

Clothes and Shoes– Take this opportunity to find clothes and shoes for your kids’ upcoming sizes. Even though it’s hot out, don’t forget about what your kids will be needing for the cooler months as you head into fall and winter.

Bikes and Sports Equipment– Will your child be starting a sport or learning to ride a bike? Instead of paying full price for new gear, look around for a more affordable, used option.

Musical Instruments– Garage sales are a great place to find used instruments. (Tip: talk to your child’s private instructor or band director about what things to look for when you are shopping used.)

Books– Whether you’re a homeschooling family or a family full of avid readers, check the sales for used books. Purchase books that you know will be read and appreciated in your home.

Furniture– Are you going to be upgrading your kid to a “big” bed or needing to get rid of the glass coffee tables you bought after your wedding, that your kids might break, or worse, get hurt on?  Shop around for specific pieces.

Kitchen Things– Kitchen things wear out quickly as we use them day in and day out, but don’t go on Amazon just yet, garage sales are full of muffin tins, Pyrex, and silverware.

 

How to Garage Sale

 

Have a Plan– Make a list of all your kids’ sizes and the items they will be needing. Include other items you would like to find for a good deal. Don’t get distracted with junk and things that you’ll end up decluttering from your home shortly after you purchase. And remember to always think and measure before you buy. 😉

Have a Budget– Bring a set amount of cash for the things you are looking for and when it runs out, go home.

Know your Deals– Remember the whole reason you are garage saling is to find good deals on items that your family needs. If you can get it brand new at Target for the same amount, it’s not a good deal.

Negotiate– Kindly negotiate the prices if the seller is willing. A lot of times people are flexible and eager to make a sale.

Be Creative– Keep an open and creative mind when you are shopping. It may not be exactly what you were looking for, but consider the potential.

Here is one of my recent finds: a twin captains bed. We needed to upgrade from a toddler bed and I really wanted a bed that could serve as a bed/dresser (so we could have more space). I saw this one and instantly thought of the potential. With a little sandpaper and paint we were able to fix it up like new.

Be Friendly– Kindness should always precede our agenda. You may not find everything on your list or feel frustrated that someone refuses to negotiate, but you can find joy in your efforts knowing that your interactions with people were uplifting.

 

 

Free Printable Guide

 

Here is a little guide for my friends who like to shop with a plan. Select a budget, collect  your family’s sizes, and make a list of all the items you’d like to look for. There are also approximate price guides which can help you decide if you are getting a good deal. (keep in mind, that these numbers are general and will vary in different states.)

Do you like garage sales? What deals have you found?

 

 

 

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    rhythminlife

    June 30, 2017

    Absolutely love going to garage and astate sales. More than just saving money, I am usually reminded how perishable material things in this life are.💝

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      inspirethemom

      June 30, 2017

      Yes, we quickly loose interest in new found treasures. 🙂

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    Lacey

    June 30, 2017

    Great post! I want to get my kids some instruments and never thought of looking at garage sales (even though I love garage sales).

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      inspirethemom

      July 1, 2017

      sure, instruments can be a great find. 🙂

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    peggyjoan42

    July 1, 2017

    My daughter, my granddaughter, and myself are wearing goodwill, yard sale clothes all the time. Love yard sales and my daughter and I have had many together. It is a fantastic cheaper way to acquire the items you need. Love your post and all your helpful tips. That bed was fantastic after you finished rejuvenating it.

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      inspirethemom

      July 1, 2017

      Thats awesome! Its takes some looking, but you can find some really good deals. 🙂

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    Terrigirl2017

    July 1, 2017

    Thank you Jessica for the Great Clips on garage sales. I am usually pretty good at following the guidelines you have written down it can be fun going to the garage neighborhood sales you get to chat to the sellers who are sometimes your neighbors. It usually clothes some toys books that we look for. Wishing you a wonderful 4th of July and weekend talk to you soon hugs ,Terri

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      inspirethemom

      July 1, 2017

      Sure Terri! You’re right, it is fun getting to chat with new people when garage saling. Hope you all have great 4th as well! <3

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    ordinarilyextraordinarymom

    July 7, 2017

    I used to LOVE garage sales, but I’ve gotten away from them for some reason. I still sift through to find the hidden treasures in thrift stores. I may have to setup a day a month to do garage sailing again.

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      inspirethemom

      July 10, 2017

      I love thrift stores too. I love the challenge of finding those hidden treasures! 🙂

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    Stephanie Malcolm, author

    July 12, 2017

    I love garage sales because they allow my six children to be stylishly clothed at affordable prices. I find so many household items and treasures that fit in the budget.

    One of my best garage sales was just a few weeks ago, I spent $5 on clothing and ended up with easily three bags of school clothes for my children.

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      inspirethemom

      July 13, 2017

      Wow! That is so awesome! I’ve been to a couple ‘stuff-a-bag’ ones too and walk away feeling quite thifty! 😉

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    Rhonda Sittig

    July 21, 2017

    Fun post– and so many practical tips!! I taught 4th grade for many years and filled my shelves with garage sale books for the kids to take home. Lovely to fin your blog!

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      inspirethemom

      July 24, 2017

      Thank you! Yes, finding used books are the best! 😉

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