Although we're obviously all about garage sales, and think they're the most wonderful way you could buy things secondhand, there are times when it's better you don't pack up your spare change, restless children, and map of the neighborhood and head out for garage sales. Some of these may seem just to be common sense, but if garage saling is a part of your weekend routine, you may not even think about it. Here are some reasons not to go garage saling this weekend.
Is your budget tight? Perhaps it's the end of the month, or maybe there were a lot of unexpected expenses. If you're hurting to stay within your budget, there is no reason to go out and spend more money on secondhand merchandise. Likely, if you're buying it secondhand, you're not desperate for it, and can wait at least until your budget rolls over and you've got some wiggle room again. Don't try to carry it over just so you can go shopping this weekend!
Do you really need anything? It could just be one of those times when you legitimately don't need anything new (well, used, but new for you), so why clutter your home with more things and spend excess funding to do so? If you can look around your home and say without hesitation that you've got what you need, then you have no reason to go seek out more. Stay home and enjoy what you do have!
Do you worry that you might have a shopping addiction? Some people turn to coffee, some people turn to secondhand shopping; they're ways to cope or compensate for something, and they can all be addictions. If you're concerned about yourself and your shopping habits, go ahead and stay home this weekend to make sure that you don't find yourself going through withdrawals. If you do -- if a weekend without garage saling really throws off your groove -- you may want to look into getting some professional help.
Should you really get what you're looking for firsthand? There are some items that you should just never buy secondhand, and if those kinds of things are what make up your shopping list -- there's no reason to go to garage sales at all! It might be tempting to say, "well, but maybe I'll find such-and-such's Christmas gift this week," but you could say that any time; best to wait and make the trip when you're intending to go out and get something used anyway.
If none of these are true, and it is a garage saling weekend for you, check out our home page! We've got free listings, resources, and tips galore for the hard core garage saler.