How to Make The Most of Yard Sales – EP 403

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May is here, and so are yard sales! We have finally entered the season of yard sales, and some may have already been hunting and lining up for these sales. Don’t worry, Jen and Jill share tips on making the most of your yard sale stop and their experiences buying from one. Know which items to add to your list on your next yard sale visit!

Be kind and reasonable with your negotiations


  • Vintage Star Wars merchandise. It’s the stuff of yard sale glory stories. Someone’s mom doesn’t know how important that Star Wars Lego set is, and you happen upon it at $10. What a steal! What a dream! The force was with you! The force will also be with you if you sign up for the Friendletter. May the 4th be with you this weekend.

9 Tips for Scoring Good Deals at Yard Sales All Summer Long — from a Seasoned Pro

This article written by Apartment Therapy offers 9 tips on scoring good deals at yard sales like a pro!

What Jen + Jill have to say:

Jill shares her seasoned tips for scoring good deals at yard sales, which start with planning out a route ahead of time using online resources like Yard Sale Search, Garage Sale Finder, Craigslist, and local Facebook groups. Negotiating kindly on yard sales is a must. Jill suggests bundling items together for potential discounts. Even though there are already cashless payments readily available, it’s advisable to bring small bills. 

Arrive on time or strategically, either early or near closing time. Jen adds that it depends on what you’re looking for and recommends checking out online marketplace listings for unsold items after the sale. Arrive on time or even a bit early to increase your chances of finding desirable items. These combined insights offer a comprehensive approach to maximizing savings and finding treasures at yard sales throughout the summer.

​​What to look for at garage sales

This article by Millennial Money shares what you could find and consider buying at most garage sales.

What Jen + Jill have to say:

Keeping an eye out for used mattresses and electronics, as well as kitchen items, clothing, tools, pots, and plants at yard sales are Jill’s favorite finds, as these are things that are costly but needed at home. Jen likes looking into games like board games, sports equipment (especially for upcoming kids’ sports in the fall), and holiday decor, including cards and wrapping paper. There are many affordable and useful items at yard sales, provided they are in good condition and have been properly maintained.

What's the most recent thing you bought at a yard sale?

Jill recently purchased an egg carton for the fridge, a squeegee for cleaning the car, and a curling iron at a yard sale, while Jen bought a leather couch she totally loves.

Bill of The Week

Thank you Danielle for sharing your bill about your car insurance and shopping around for a better deal!

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