Reasons Not to Garage Sale This Weekend

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.

A very tight budget to work with in a garage sale.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.




Comments (12) -

Carol Robertson
Carol Robertson
2/16/2013 4:56:25 AM #

This is also my problem, I'm a compulsive buyer and I'm a having a hard time controlling that urge to buy things that i don't even need. When I see someone with a nice umbrella, I would feel jealous and have that uncontrollable force to buy the same umbrella. Despite the fact that I have many umbrellas already, I still buy more and more umbrellas.

Nicole Ferguson
Nicole Ferguson
2/16/2013 5:05:34 AM #

Having a list of "To Buy Items" is a great advantage when your going to a garage sale. You have your goals and objectives to fulfill at the same time your focused to reach those. In addition, you have a sense of direction which could save time rather than just going without any preparations and wander when you get there.

Scott Riley
Scott Riley
2/16/2013 5:12:24 AM #

Knowing the difference between your needs and wants is a crucial in buying in general and not just in garage sales. You can't afford to waste money if you are on a tight budget and purchase unnecessary things that you would regret buying in the future.

Melissa J
Melissa J
2/18/2013 11:45:14 AM #

Learning when to hold back and not engage into a shopping spree is a difficult thing to accomplish if its in your daily routine. Budgeting is another skill important to be successful in garage sale business. You need to calculate and think things through for a month to be able to prioritize your needs and when you have that extra budget, then you could try joining a garage sale.

Burt Hicks
Burt Hicks
2/19/2013 2:28:32 PM #

Go out and shop if you NEED something. If you feel that you still have everything you need and you don't feel like going to the mall or garage sale to buy then better not do it. Always trust your instincts because most the time, first instinct is always right. Its that unexplainable hunch that you about things. BUt if you have extra money and not on a tight budget, you could shop to buy your wants. There is no problem fulfilling your wants if you just know your priorities and meet your needs first. It's harmful when you prioritize your wants before your needs. Now, you're compromising your needs like food, shelter for your wants like an iphone4, a tablet or a new flat screen television.

Tina Gordon
Tina Gordon
2/19/2013 2:36:15 PM #

Hey Carol, MY sister was suffering also from being a compulsive buyer and a hoarder at the same time. She could not let things go to the point that it compromises her health. She buys a lot of food in the supermarket and hoards them in her apartment. Even most of the food items are expired already, she still keeps them because for her it can still be consumed and has few months left in its life.

It was really hard to make her realize that what she was doing what not right anymore. It came to a point that, there were already rotting vegetables in her apartment - in the refrigerator, the kitchen, the living room, her bedroom and just anywhere you can think of. We had to consult a professional team to help her not just in the psychological aspect but also physically to help her clean her apartment and check on her health.

You should better go seek the advice of a professional Carol to solve your problem while its still not that worse. Don't ever be ashamed in seeking help...

Rasheem Lopez
Rasheem Lopez
2/23/2013 6:05:01 AM #

Going to a garage sale even if you don't have enough money is a mistake you can't afford. Make sure that your needs are first met - pay all the bills, budget the month's food allowance, treat yourself, save some for emergency and then you can go to the garage sale. It's alright to pass up on some garage sales because it's out of your budget. You don't need to prove to anyone that your rich that you can join every garage sale in the country.

Ivan Russel
Ivan Russel
2/23/2013 6:09:28 AM #

Your right Rasheem. Don't be afraid or ashamed to tell your friends or neighbors that you can join this week's garage sale because your on a tight budget. Rather than going to the garage sale and be broke by the time you arrive home. There is nothing to be ashamed in admitting  that you still do not have enough money to go to a garage sale right now. Don't worry what others may say about you, the important thing is you're doing the right thing of passing up some unnecessary events because you have to safe for the future.

Carol Robertson
Carol Robertson
2/23/2013 6:15:32 AM #

I acknowledge my problem but it's hard to pass up on a garage sale if you're pressured by your circle of friends to go with them and you have that obsession of buying. You need to pretend and fit-in the group because if you don't, you're out and they will gossip bad things about you. When I turn my back, I don't want my friends to talk about me, like why I didn't go to the garage sale because I'm broke and I can't afford even to shop for a couple of hundred dollars. Impulsivity in buying plus peer pressure...

Erick Barkley
Erick Barkley
3/4/2013 12:15:09 PM #

You can enumerate a thousand reasons not to go to a garage sale but all I need is one reason to still do it. And that's - "I enjoy garage sales." I'm very determined to go to a garage sale and try my luck in finding a unique item that I could collect. No matter how the situation or weather is against my plans, I still pursue and I somehow find ways to go to a garage sale. I convince myself that if I pass on this sale, I could lose the opportunity to find the thing that I want so much.

For me, there's no such thing as a perfect timing. The best way you can predict the future is to create it. Go to a garage sale and enjoy. that's all I can say for those who are always thinking negative with regards to garage sales...

Kim Anderson
Kim Anderson
3/4/2013 12:19:05 PM #

I don't agree with your thinking Erick. I mean, how can you go to a war without being prepared. You always go to garage sales without having a list of items you need and the strategies that you have. It's not always that you need to attend theses kind of events, maybe it's just a compulsion that you need to satisfy. Or there's  reason that I don't know of but just think things through man... you can be wasting a lot of money already without knowing it...take care

Lea Ackerson
Lea Ackerson
3/4/2013 12:22:47 PM #

@Carol If they'r really your "TRUE" friends, they would not pressure you into doing something that's against your will. You need to learn to say no and have a stand sometimes. Don't be satisfied by just being the one who's easily manipulated and convinced in the group. You talk to them and let them know about how you feel about joining them to garage sales... I think they'll understand. After you've done that and if they're still the same then that's the time that you could say that they're not your friends in the first place...

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