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?