Woohoo! It's yard sale season! It's one of my most favorite times of the year, even though it also marks the beginning of allergy season for me. LOL! But in any case, you'll find me out there (with a dose of antihistamine) shopping for treasures.
There are so many amazing things you can find at yard sales! It's incredible the items that people have and are willing to let go for short money. And when you live in an area where there are town-wide sales (like my area), or other organized multi-dealer sales, it can get overwhelming. So I've put together some tips that you can use to keep your sanity AND find some great treasures during yard sale season.
1. Make a list - Know what you're looking for so you don't get distracted. If you have a plan, it makes things easier to navigate–and you may not buy things you don't need. (Let's get real. You still may do that, but at least you're trying to control yourself. LOL)
2. Have measurements - If you're looking for furnishings, know what size you need. Remember, there are no returns at yard sales, so be sure your pieces will fit properly.
3. Bring some tools - A tape measure is a must! (Shoot me a note at BTBFurnishings@yahoo.com for a FREE compact one to take shopping.) If you have extra batteries, pack them up to try out any battery-operated items. Fabric samples to match as well as photos of your space/s will also help you to visualize a piece in your room.
4. Map a route - Find the addresses of the homes you want to shop and map out an efficient route so that you don't waste time driving back and forth.
5. Dress comfortably - Layer your clothing so that you can add or remove clothing with a change in weather. Comfortable shoes are best since you may be walking around items, through grassy areas, or just plain doing lots of walking.
6. Go to the bank ahead of time - Be sure you have lots of small bills and quarters. Homeowners may not have a lot of change, especially in the early hours.
7. Pack a snack - You may be out for a while, so I suggest bringing something to snack on as well as some water to keep you hydrated.
8. Bring the big truck - Bring the big car/truck in case you find a large piece. It will save you from having to go back to the house for pickup later. It's not a bad idea to keep a moving blanket and some straps (if you have a truck) to transport your pieces safely.
9. Shop early - In order to get the best pieces (which naturally sell quickly), start early.
10. Look past the "ugly" - If you find an item that is well-made, have great bones, and could function well for your needs, don't dismiss it because it's scratched, painted an awful color, or has stickers all over it (true story!). With some work, you can uncover and create a great piece.