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How To Yard Sale Like A Pro (And Give Back Like Champ)

May 17, 2014 at 10:29 PM Chime in now

Yard Sale For Cure

THINKSTOCK

By HEATHER LOCHNER

What comes to mind when you hear the words “spring” and “Saturday mornings in May”? For the bargain hunters, that can only mean one thing: Yard Sale Season.

 
Forget leisurely breakfasts or ballet classes for your children, the siren call of yard sales is ringing loud and clear and they are the perfect chance to find that serving tray you’ve been searching for or a new set of outdoor dishes to help usher in the warmer temperatures.
 
However, yard sales can also be overwhelming, especially if you are a newbie to the whole scene and can’t sort through the clutter to find that one must-have nugget.
 
To help kick-off the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation Yard Sale for the Cure happening on May 24 in communities across Canada, below are some tips on how to shop a yard sale.
 
1. Arrive early! While the sign may say “8am-1pm”, every yard sale aficionado knows the good items go first. Being on time and showing up at 8:01am is not a bad thing. 
 
2. Bring change and small bills with you. Often items sell for $0.25 or $1.00. The last thing you want to be doing is paying for a $.50 purchase with a $20 bill. Not only will you be stuck with a ton of change, but the seller will be depleted with the much-needed small bills.
 
3. Be polite when asking for a deal. These items use to belong to someone and may hold sentimental value.  
 
4. Try before you buy. Remember, at a yard sale, items cannot be returned. If you buy an electronic item, ask to plug it in or bring your own batteries to test it. Last thing you want to do is bring home a dud.
 
5. Don’t be shy, hold on to an item you may want to buy. Even if you are unsure, if you see an item you may want to purchase, grab it and continue to shop. You never know if it will still be there when you are done perusing. 
 
6. Look for children’s clothing and toys. This is a great opportunity to find “new-to-you” items for children who are growing up like weeds! But be careful and make sure there are no rips, stains or broken and missing pieces.
 
7. Refurnish your home.  From an antique armoire to dining room chairs, yard sales offer the chance to redecorate at a fraction of the cost.
 
8. Buy some gadgets for the kitchen. From old china to cast-iron pans, there are always kitchen items for sale. Look for chips in dishes or rusty pans before you buy. 
 
9. Read up!  Books like fairy tales, romance novels or cookbooks are great items to purchase.  Just make sure there is no mold lurking between the pages.
 
10. Let’s make a deal! Once you have all your items gathered, (ask politely) for a deal. You never know.
 
Head on out and enjoy! And remember, on May 24 to Shop for a Cure

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