Welcome to Furniture Find Friday at Embracing Change!
This series is all about how to find great furniture pieces.
So many people have asked me how I find great things. Well, this is how. We talked in previous weeks about other resources for furniture including friends and family, business acquaintances/networking, thrift stores, and Craigslist.
Tonight we will be talking about yard sales.
Garage sales, tag sales, yard sales.
There are lots of names for them.
Ultimately, the meaning behind the sale is what counts: GOOD DEALS.
People trying to get rid of their stuff + shoppers looking for good stuff = a win-win situation
I love yard sales.
I will more than willingly get up at the crack of dawn on a Saturday morning to hunt them down.
Coffee in hand of course.
Hitting yard sales is fun. Looking for deals. Scoring some great things. And if you bring a friend, even better.
Just make sure you don’t fight over the goods.
Here are some great scores I have found at yard sales:
Obviously I bought them unfinished,
I purchased one piece for $5 and the most expensive one at $20.
I love a good deal.
If you are like me, you scope out the scene first.
My eye is always looking for furniture..I seek out larger pieces.
If I see some furniture as I pull up, I decide to stop. If I see lots of boxes scattered around, I drive right on by.
There is nothing more frustrating than seeing boxes full of stuff you have to sort through.
Or items unmarked.
Lack of clearly marked prices is a deterrent. I have no idea what to think or just assume it is an expensive item thus most times, passing it up before even asking.
Here is my best tip: Don’t be afraid to make an offer. Even if it is marked. The worst that can happen is they say NO. I came upon a very cool old armoire at a sale and it was marked $20 which was already a good buy and I knew I would pay that, but I asked if they would take $15. They did and I walked away with $5 extra dollars in my pocket for another piece of furniture.
Know your budget and stick to it. Don’t be swept away by the excitement of a sale.
I may LOVE something, but if it is too expensive, I walk away. I know I will find other things elsewhere.
Another tip of mine?
Run, don’t walk. If you see something, get yourself to it and fast. Don’t dawdle. You may lose it if you do. Sprinting to an item is part of my MO. I remember one time my sister , mom and I pulled up to a sale. My sister and I jumped out of the car and began to sprint to the sale before my poor mom even had the car in park. Ahh…those were the days.
We still laugh about it.
Yard sales are a serious business for me.
I was born and raised going to yard sales.
It is in my blood.
Go early. As early as you can. I am not generally an early bird, but if you can get there earlier than the start time, why not?
And if you see something you want and it is marked too high, stop back later towards the end of the sale and see if it is still there. I think most sellers want to sell everything and they may allow you to make an offer. My motto is always “Once it’s out, it is not coming back in” in relation to having a sale.
Bring good company, snacks and yard sale necessities such as big bags to carry your finds and a tape measure to measure and a camera to get pics if needed. Take your classifieds with you and circle the ones you want to hit the night before. Yard saling is strategic. Plan ahead. Map out your routes. It will be worth it.
Always use your GPS especially if you live out in the country. I live in a very rural area bordering countryside and I need my GPS. Lots of the roads here aren’t even marked so I need all the help I can get.
Bring smaller bills. Many people can’t make change for a $20 at 8 am. Bring change, too.
If you can hit the bank or Turkey Hill to break your bigger bills, all the better.
Yard sales are fun and full of great finds. They are even a bit addicting.
Once you get the bug, you will be back again and again.
One man’s trash is another’s man’s treasure they day.
Next Friday stop back as we are wrapping up this series by talking about auctions.
See you then!