Planning Which Sales to Shop

Ahh, late springtime.  The rains are finally dissipating, the trees are heavy with leaves, and the sprinklers come on as you drive past your neighbors' yards.  It's garage sale season!  Are you ready to start shopping?

A map to plan for which sales you going to shop in.Hold on there.  An adventure through your neighborhood, following willy-nilly signs, may be a fun romp, but unless you only plan on doing some casual shopping, this isn't the best way to go.  Planning ahead of time saves you gas money and shopping time and allows you to hit as many yard sales as possible before the sun sets and the hosts pack up their wares.

Start by picking up your local newspaper and browsing the classifieds section.  Most larger cities or community newspapers will have garage sale announcements, sometimes in a section all to themselves.  Write down a list of addresses of any sales that catch your eye.  Don't worry about efficiency right now; that comes later.

Follow that up by checking up on any local online garage sale groups you might have joined -- on Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo Groups, or other social networking sites.  Active groups will regularly post regarding sales they've heard about in your area, and it's great to have this frequently-updated resource.

Another online option is to check out GarageSaleCow.com, the world's fastest-growing online community of garage sale shoppers and hosts alike.  It's completely free, and connects you to listings in any area you choose.  You can choose how many miles near your zip code to search, or filter by day and items listed as being sold at a particular location.

As you drive through your neighborhood on your normal routine, scope out early bird signs (those put up a week or a few days early).  Try to find the initial signs, the ones that start the route, as they usually contain more useful information -- location, time, date, and what's being sold there.  Keep a little notepad with you and take notes (not while you're driving, of course!).

While you're shopping, keep your eye out for any community bulletin boards that might be lurking just inside the entrance.  Grocery stores are great sources of these boards, where community members can post bulletins and listings for free.  Another great place to look is at any local school, from elementary schools to colleges.  And check out your local community center to see if any announcements have been posted.  Carefully check the date on all postings -- people often forget to come back after the sale is over and remove their flyer or sign.

Finally, never underestimate the power of the spoken word!  Talk with parents, church members, teachers, fellow students, friends, and family members.  Ask them to be on the lookout for information on any yard or community sales in your area.




Comments (8) -

Carl Lewis
Carl Lewis
2/16/2013 11:51:43 PM #

You could research more on the internet before going for a shopping. Its better to scan the field before going to the "war" as they say

Jake Jacobs
Jake Jacobs
2/17/2013 12:00:04 AM #

Improve your connections by being more friendly and utilize the social media we have nowadays. You could use facebook or twitter to be updated in the sales news especially those near you. You could have a big map so that you could scout potential sale markets. Assessment is a must to have a good start and you would be familiar of the items that will be sold and have a strategy in place in advance. That way, you are one step ahead of all of your vcompetitors and have an advantage over them.

Aaron Carter
Aaron Carter
2/17/2013 12:17:06 AM #

Be a keen observer to spot signs for nearing sales in your neighborhood. You could ask around and canvass if there are future sales. You don't want to miss great sales because you had no idea that it was happening. You have no excuse today because of the things we have right now to keep us updated like our phones that could have updates and news all over the world. Especially with your contacts, you can be be texted and called easily.

Jeremy Tyler
Jeremy Tyler
2/17/2013 12:34:55 AM #

The more choices you have the better, you can have a clear picture of the sales that are bound to happen and compare each. You can weigh its advantages and disadvantages like the products that will be sold, price ranges, and how far is it from your home. Is it comfortable to be in? Is this sale approved and legal?

Rudy Herman
Rudy Herman
2/17/2013 12:44:34 AM #

Visiting blogs like this is also an option. Maybe there would be postings about new sales coming up near you so just keep posted and always visit sites regularly.

Nick Gamble
Nick Gamble
2/17/2013 12:51:07 AM #

Go for smaller sales and have your daily plan of activities on where you would go next and review your goals at the start of the day. Using that as an evaluation tool to gauge if you were successful in your own standards and what aspects you need to improve on.

Ricky
Ricky
2/18/2013 11:43:20 AM #

Nothing beats the old fashioned way of spreading news which is through the newspaper. It reaches almost everyone which just costs a bit but it's worth it when it pays off. From the headline news to the smallest news and commentaries could be found in a 10 page newspaper.

Cliff Tatum
Cliff Tatum
2/22/2013 10:40:47 AM #

If your looking for sites to check and post garage sales just check on http://www.garagesalecow.com

You can't only find the up to date sales, you can also read articles in their blog about auctions, sales, family activities and many more. You could meet new friends while posting in the articles and may the forum community. This site is also connected with facebook and twitter so you can also like this page Smile

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