5 Things to Look For at Yard Sales

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My favorite season is upon us! No … not summer. It’s yard sale season!!! If you’re heading out this weekend or next, or perhaps over 4th of July (my favorite weekend to hit the yard sales), here’s a few things to watch for …

1. Furniture

You can find beautiful furniture pieces if you keep your eye out. Our TV room entertainment center was purchased for $20 and the vintage dresser set in my daughter’s room was swept up for $25. Yep, $25 for two pieces that were refinished and distressed beautifully. You can also find ugly pieces that are ready for a face lift with a coat of paint or two. Those are my favorite.

2. Kitchenware

I won’t say all my kitchenware has come from yard sales, but many of my favorite pieces have! Our Keurig was a $20 deal that freshened up with a quick vinegar rinse and has been brewing strong for the last 3 years. I’ve found many Pampered Chef pieces for $1-$5 … and you all know how I love Pampered Chef. Best of all, sooooo many mixing bowls, vintage Pyrex and pretty tea cups are just waiting to find a new home.

3. Kid’s Outdoor Toys

Off the top of my head I can’t think of any outdoor toys we haven’t bought at garage sales. They can be big and bulky so I think people are quick to get rid of them. And for cheap. We got our Cozy Coupe for $5 and our Radio Flyer Trike for $7. Oh, and this was only $50! Make your wish list and start hunting!

4. Kid’s Clothes

Clothing is hit or miss at sales, but always worth looking at. I try to spend around 50 cents/piece and it’s always a good idea to bundle up everything you want and offer a filled bag price. Keep your eye out for off season items too – coats and snow gear are expensive new, so it’s worth picking them up at a fraction of the price and storing until winter arrives.

5. Books

Please, oh please, don’t buy books new. I know it can be tempting, but hit the library or yard sales and you’ll be set with reading material for years. For pennies a book, maybe up to a $1, you can fill a library with amazing reads for you and your kids.

What do you shop for at garage sales? Share your tips and trips for deal success!

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Gretchen hails from the beautiful Pacific Northwest along with her husband and two young children. Before transitioning to life as a stay at home mom, Gretchen worked in sales and marketing while earning her Masters in Management and Organizational Leadership. Now her days are focused on managing meal plans and nap times while organizing her sewing stash and children's toy bins. My oh my, how life changes in the blink of an eye! Gretchen writes frequently about natural parenting, becoming more environmentally conscience, her affinity for thrifted treasures, and hopes of making it out of yoga pants each day on her blog That Mama Gretchen (www.thatmamagretchen.com).

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