Friday, June 24, 2011
How to Plan Your Yard Sale Trip...and How to Survive It
It's that time again. It's Friday. How excited are YOU? How excited am I?
I've got my Mountain Dew ready, my iphone charged up, and the snacks are ready. I will wake up at 6 am. I may sleep in my clothes. I certainly will NOT take a shower. And I might brush my hair and teeth but can't make any promises.
I've already started planning my trip. It's one of my favorite things to do. My good friend thought it might be a good idea to show people how I plan for the sales, since she kind of had a tough time of it when we visited her in Charlotte earlier this month. So here's what I do!
Start with Craigslist.
I always go to Craigslist first, because even though I'm typically pretty old school, I want the best sales so I need to be a little new school here. Craigslist is easy and free. People use it. Not everyone but most. Plus you can sort out all of the sales that are too far away or don't have what you are looking for. Once you are in the garage sale category, narrow your searches.
First I type in key words neighborhood, then community. This should pull up all of the neighborhood or community yard sales in your area. I hit these first--less gas wasted, more sales, more families with kid stuff. Then I search my zipcode and the zipcode next to mine, to see what individual sales are close to me. After that, I search by neighboring towns or areas to see what's happening there. Then I do a general search of "toy" or "kids" or "children's" to make sure I haven't missed anything.
Scan the newspaper.
Some old school people like me still use the newspaper to find their sales. I actually look at our local newspaper online to make sure I haven't missed a good one. Our online classifieds are not easily searchable so I don't spend a ton of time here. Hopefully your classifieds are better than mine!
Beware of following signs.
Because I have a detailed plan for the morning, I usually don't follow random signs I see along the way unless I know they are taking me to a sale I have planned to attend! It seems like whenever I follow signs on a whim, I end up at a sale with nothing that I am interested purchasing. I'm not saying never follow the signs, but just beware of wasted gas and time.
Are you ready for your trip yet?