Yard sale season is almost here and I couldn’t be more excited! I LOVE going out on a Saturday afternoon with my family and hunting for awesome deals! Yard sales are kind of hit or miss though and if you’re not careful? You can easily spend your hard earned money on junk.
While I don’t necessarily think you should go blow your money at the first yard sale you see, there are a few things that I think you should ALWAYS pick up at a yard sale versus buying them new. Take a look at my list of 25 must grab yard sale finds and see what you think.
Silver Flatware – just be sure you’re actually picking up solid silver and not plated
Baby clothing – babies grow so fast that they don’t really need more than a couple of new outfits. Instead, pick up cheap finds in good condition at your next yard sale.
Cast Iron Cookware – cast iron NEVER becomes unusable so even if it’s rusted? Pick it up and restore it. You’ll save big over buying it new.
Cookbooks – Don’t pay retail for a new cookbook. Instead, stop by a few yard sales and pick them up used.
Blankets or Bedding Sets – Have you priced a new bedding set? CRAZY! Grab them at a yard sale for a fraction of the price. Just be sure to wash them well to keep any bugs out of your home.
Name Brand Clothing – There really is truth to the saying “quality over quantity” so let’s face it, most name brands are much better made than cheaper brands. Instead of buying new generic labels, grab used name brands at yard sales for a steal.
Office and School Supplies – School and business requires a lot of supplies. ’nuff sald. 🙂
Kids toys – Well certain ones anyhow. Toys like Lego’s, MegaBloks, Tonka and other higher brand toys are a GREAT find at yard sales. Barbies are also a great pick up!
Higher end home decor – Don’t waste your money on new. Buy the same thing for pennies on the dollar at your next yard sale.
Homeschool supplies – If you live in an area where there are a lot of homeschoolers, be sure to keep your eye out for any curriculum or other supplies that you may need in the future.
Books – If you like the feel of a real book in your hands, feed your reading habit guilt free and take your pick from the many yard sales that put out tons of books. Most of them time you can find them for $1.00 or less!
Small kitchen appliances – Want a new Keurig? Check the yard sales first. Just be sure you ask to make sure that it works like it’s supposed to before you buy. No one wants to buy a dud.
Grills – Have you priced a new grill lately? If not, um…they’re expensive. 😀 Instead of dropping a wad of cash, find one at a yard sale and clean it up.
Baby strollers – While you should NEVER buy a used car seat, strollers are fair game. I actually found my Emma’s stroller at a yard sale for $10.00. It retailed for over $100 new. All it needed? A bottle of cleaner and a sponge. Just be sure you check out all straps, wheels, locks and so on to be sure they’re mechanically sound.
Camping gear – Case in point? Last summer I sold an almost brand new camp cot for $25.00. When I bought it new? It cost me over $80.00. Never pass up a deal on camping gear if it’s all there and in good, usable condition.
Cold weather clothing and shoes – What better time could there be to pick up the cold weather gear that your family will need once summer is over? Pick it up over the summer for a steal!
Wedding supplies and clothing – Getting married? Hunt the yard sales for everything from decor to attire. You can save BIG on your ceremony and reception by finding them at a garage sale.
Tools – Know a man (or woman) who fancies themselves a Mr. (or Ms.) Fix-it, but really isn’t? Those yard sales are awesome. Build up your own toolbox at your local yard sale and save your money for something else your family needs.
Craft Supplies – A crafty girl can go broke buying craft supplies if she’s not careful. I LOVE when I can score craft supplies for cheap!
Highchairs – Highchairs are another HOT yard sale item. Don’t pass up one if you find it.
Exercise equipment – So lots of people make new years resolutions to get in shape, but for the majority? By yard sale season those resolutions are long forgotten. Use this to your advantage and build your own gym on the cheap.
Fishing equipment – Along the lines of camping gear, fishing poles, tackle boxes and other fishing gear are a must grab yard sale item. Never pass it up if it’s in good shape and you can use it.
Kids sports gear – Kids play basketball or soccer? Cleats, gloves and more can all cause you to go broke. Instead of breaking the bank, check the yard sales for quality used versions.
Men’s Suits – A quality men’s suit can run you upwards of $200 new. If you find one in the right size at a yard sale for a good price? Pick it up. You can always have it altered to the perfect fit.
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