How to Shop at Yard Sales

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How to Shop at Yard Sales.


Hopefully someday soon it will stop snowing in Michigan. Because when it does, I will be ALL about the yard sales! 🙂

I have found yard sales to be a fantastic way to save money for our family. Since two of our three boys are rough and rowdy, buying brand new items usually doesn’t make sense for us. I can find great toys, some even brand new, for great prices!


Here are my tips for how to shop at yard sales!


  1. Make sure you have plenty of small bills with you since some stops may not have the right change for your transaction.
  2. Check Facebook, Craigslist and the newspaper for listings of sales. Be on the lookout for large, neighborhood sales where several families will be selling.
  3. Ask fellow shoppers if they have found any other good sales that day. Maybe you’ll want to check them out, too!
  4. Find a well organized sale where the items are displayed nicely and clearly marked. If the owner takes pride in their home and the set up of their items, chances are they also took good care of the items they’re now selling!
  5. Arrive early! Especially if you are shopping at a well advertised sale. The good items may be gone if you wait too long!
  6. Try out items before you buy to make sure they really work. Also, double check boxes to make sure the item you think you’re purchasing is really inside!
  7. Take a peek at the seller. Are they clean? Do they smoke? These could be good indications of the quality of the item you’re buying.
  8. Make sure you’re familiar with the brand you’re buying. What may seem like a great deal could be a waste of money if it’s not a high quality product.
  9. Don’t be afraid to haggle on the price! Some sellers will also offer late day discounts during the last hour or two of their sale on remaining items. If there is something that they wouldn’t accept your offer on earlier, it could be a great time to make your offer again!
  10. Think about an items potential! Is the fabric on that chair a little worn? Are those vases the wrong color? A little DIY love could turn worn items into your treasures, so let your imagination take over!


Leave me a comment if you have a great idea for how to shop at yard sales!

About Layne Quintanilla

I'm a Child of God, wife, frugal home school mama, and blogger. Living each day intentionally & full of joy!

6 Responses to How to Shop at Yard Sales

  1. tami s June 12, 2013 at 10:51 am #

    These are great tips. I do a lot of DIY on things I pick up cheap a garage sales

    • Layne Quintanilla June 12, 2013 at 3:16 pm #

      Thanks, Tami! There are so many ways to save by utilizing yard sales! 🙂

  2. Shirley Carr June 19, 2013 at 2:25 pm #

    I love yard sales too! I always make my rounds early! Good stuff gets gone quick!

  3. Donna Martin July 21, 2013 at 10:44 am #

    yard sales are great because you get to talk the people down on the price cause they really want to get rid of it

  4. Marcia G August 2, 2013 at 8:36 pm #

    I just replaced a broken lamp in my craft room with a lamp that has 3 shelves where I intend to display some of my completed projects. Not only do I love my lamp, I love the price I paid for it at the yard sale! Your tips are right on & I would encourage anyone with the time to take advantage of the yard sales in your area.

    • Layne Quintanilla August 3, 2013 at 12:30 am #

      I love that! Thanks for stopping by Marcia! 🙂