We're finally experiencing real summer weather here in Chicago, and garage sale season is in full swing. If you're a bargain hunter, garage and yard sales are a great way to spend a Saturday, particularly if you plan ahead...
- HOW TO PLAN
- Check craigslist for garage sale dates/times/addresses and map out your path.
- If you don't own a car, borrow one or book an I-Go or Zip car to haul large purchases.
- Go early. The best deals are usually gone an hour into the sale.
- Start the day understanding that many sales won't have anything you want. To increase your odds of finding treasure, plan to visit as many sales as you can manage.
- WHAT TO BRING
- Bring a list of what you need: furniture, tools, etc. If it's not on the list, you probably don't need to buy it.
- Include the measurements of furniture you're looking for and carry a tape measure with you.
- Carry a Phillips head and flat head (or combo) screwdriver in case you need to take apart a piece of furniture to fit it into your car.
- Bring along a stack of dollar bills, as well as a few larger bills for bigger purchases.
- HOW TO BARGAIN
- Most people are willing to negotiate the cost of items. Be polite and tell them what you're willing to spend. They may offer a lower price, or they may not.
- To learn the "going rate" for items, compare prices at various yard sales. This will give you more confidence when negotiating.
- If you don't see what you're looking for, ask the homeowner. They may have something stored in the basement that they're willing to sell.
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