Yesterday was the annual Mile Long Yard Sale not too far from my mom's house. Since we were already down there for the Fourth, it seemed silly not to go! I am so glad we did because I found a TON of great stuff!
The one thing I found that I think I am the most excited about it a handheld blender. I have been wanting one for a long time. I had looked at them around Christmas time, then decided on something that was more practical. I found one yesterday for $2! I was so excited! I'm looking up mayonnaise recipes and trying to find time to get my butt in the kitchen to whip some up. I still have lots of eggs so I'm thinking I found a way to use them up. I also found a great big bowl that will be great to make bread in. And canning jars! I bought a box full of them for $6. There was 18 jars in the box, making them $.33 a piece!
I also got A some pajamas for winter. That's really what I was looking for but this is all I found. Everywhere else that had clothes his size were on the expensive side for a yard sale. In my opinion anyway.
Oh! I also found a cat carrier! I was so excited but the lady was making all these excuses on why she couldn't budge on the price so we said "OK" and left. We finished our "shopping" and went back to the house with the cat carrier. It was still there. So my mom made the lady an offer and the lady said that was fine. I am so relieved that I don't have to go pay $40 for a carrier that will get used maybe once a year. Mama needs to get fixed here soon and I was stressing because I didn't have a carrier. Now I can chill. :)
We got tons of stuff that was in great shape and that we needed yesterday. We didn't pay full price (retail price) on anything because we got it at yard sales!
A few of tips I use for when I go to yard sales are:
Have a list. If you go to yard sales and buy junk you don't need, you're wasting your money and junking up your house. If you have a list and stick to it, you won't buy stuff you don't need - saving you money, time and space!
Never pay sticker price! At yard sales, you are expected to haggle. Make an offer! The reason they are having a yard sale is to get rid of stuff. Make a (reasonable) offer and more than likely, you'll end up paying that price. If they won't budge or the price is still too high, thank them and leave. Come back towards the end of the day and if the item is still there, make another offer.
Carry a bag with you to carry all your goodies. A wagon works wonderfully too.
Don't buy something that is stained. The item is more than likely in the yard sale because they couldn't get the stains out themselves.