Think Spring – Top 7 Garage Sale-in’ Tips

Mar 2, 2015 | French Farmhouse Design | 7 comments

Top 7 Garage Sale-in’ Tips

I realize it’s not Siberia in ALL parts of the country so while the rest of us are waiting for temps to reach over fifteen degrees I know some of you lucky dogs are gathering up your quarters, gassing your tanks and hitting the roads for the spring’s first garage sales.

I myself can’t wait.

The kids and I are pro’s and this year we’ll be taking you on our adventures with our video camera.  Me in my baseball cap, a full tank, the Fab Five and whatever money I dug out of the dryer!


Garage Sales

Here are my Top 7 Garage Sale-in’ Tips

1.  Make a plan. 

What do you need this spring and summer?  This could be practical like a new bed frame or fun like something you need to complete a Pinterest project.  When you start off without a plan you end up buying crap that forces you to have your OWN garage sale 18 months from now and I can’t think of a worse way to spend a Saturday  – can you?

2.  Write it down and keep in in the glove compartment.

By keeping your plan handy you can jar your memory before you jump out of the car.  ‘Helps you hone in on what you really need/want.

3. Have change and singles on hand and lots of ’em.

I think it’s just plain rude to ask for a bargain and then pull out a twenty.  I mean – come on.

4.  And on that note – ASK FOR A BARGAIN

But be cool man.  Be cool.  If you really want to play the game you’ll go at the end of the day when people get really desperate to not have to load up the leftovers for the Goodwill.  But if you are going to ask for a deal in the a.m.  have a number in mind.  I always say, “Will you take _______?”   If you just ask something like, “Is the the best you can do”?  Then you are sure-fire going to get that annoying person who says “What do you want to pay?” or “Make me an offer?”  I don’t like banter.  I’m ornery like that.  I’ve got more sales to get to.  Just ask if they’ll take what you have and have the exact change ready and get on to the next sale.  Often flashing that exact amount in a “this is all I have” fashion will seal the deal.

5.  Got kids?  Make ’em pee and pack snacks.

My kids are bottomless, bottomless, bottomless pits with thimble size bladders and the regularity of a farm-raised organic munchkin.  Need I say more?

6.  Go hard core. 

Let’s face it.  Other people’s stuff is often filthy and gross.  Spread a drop cloth down in your trunk space before you head out and a small broom for spider eggs stuck to the bottom of furniture.  Gardening gloves are great for barn sales and dirty merchandise.

7.  Remember – you’re MORE than a woman.

Have twine, bungy chords (how DO you spell that?) and maybe even straps.  You never know what sort of perilous trip you’ll need to make with a to-die-for French dresser sticking out the back of your truck.  You GOT this!  Pack it in there girlfriend!

There you have it.  I’ll bet you are ready to hop on Craiglist and scan telephone poles for paper plate signs now aren’t -cha?

I can’t wait.

It’s gonna be here before I know it.

And remember – this year I’m bringing you along!

Parisienne Farmgirl






  1. Amber~FPH

    Can you believe it? I have NOT gone treasure hunting since we moved to the South, a year and a half ago! This year, I’m doin’ it! We have, however, found some back roads that people just dump stuff on. Our recent finds were a 1950’s swivel, rolling office chair and another upholstered antique chair in pretty decent shape. You have inspired me, Angela! Oh, and #5… with boys, that’s where saving all those old jelly jars comes in handy! I never leave home without a pee jar! 😉 Lidded, of course!

    • Parisienne Farmgirl

      OH YES! I forgot the pee jar! My kids are pros by the side of the truck too.

  2. Pam Moore

    This will be so much fun! I love other people’s junk. It’s funny to me, though – We lived in FL for 9 years and yard sales are MUCH bigger and more frequent here than they were down there. Maybe it’s because we’re cooped up all winter and want to take advantage of every outdoor minute we can. I don’t know…. They’re everywhere up here though. I’m looking forward to learning some tips and seeing what you find.

  3. Chanda Lusk

    I can’t wait. I am so hardcore, I don’t really like to go with friends. We never need to pee at the same time or need to get home at the same time or searching for the same genre of items, For years until the grandbaby came along, I wouldn’t even stop at sales that looked like all kid stuff. I did the old rude drive by. There is yard sale etiquette to be followed. One of my biggest pet peeves is when I am with friends or family and I have looked at a whole clothes line of hanging clothes is to have “a person” come up and start looking one foot in front of me. Its sorta like if you didn’t like any of it, I’m won’t either so I’ll just start here in front of you no less. So so so rude to do that. I wanna chop there heads off. lol I don’t like to yard sale with friends with kids or dogs they have to spend 5 minutes getting out or that friend who spends 5 minutes looking over a baby t-shirt that is .25 cents. lol Just buy it already. lol I’ve got where I just prefer to go by myself, there is a million other ways to spend time with friends. The plan thing is good, so is a small tiny tape measure attached to your yardsale’in waist purse. My favs now are the city wide sales in small towns. I can go to 2- 25 sales and not burn a tank of gas. Good Friday burst them out around here. I am so ready!! Here’s to a great season of great finds!!

  4. Kristi

    Love this list!!! I cannot WAIT to go garage saling!!! So much FUN! This winter has been brutal! I’ve stopped at Sally’s Boutique a few times (Aka Salvation Army) to satisfy the thriftier in me!! 🙂

  5. Fiona's Mosaic

    Great tips! We looooooove garage saling! I have bought some of the coolest things at garage and estate sales. There is also a decent sale at the university when all the college kids go home. You can find some amazing stuff. That is so great that you take the kids with you, it is such a great thing for them to learn, and will be really useful to them down the road. I just saw the first one of the season at my neighbors farm a couple houses down the road. I will be there in the morning!!

  6. Caleb Hart

    I agree that it’s always nice to get rid of some clutter. Maybe I should find someone in my area who has done this kind of thing and can help me liquidate some stuff. My wife is a well known hoarder, and we have no space.


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