5 Secrets Of Thrifty Yard Sale Power Shoppers: How they are getting all the best deals


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If you have been to more than a small handful of yard sales you have seen thrifty yard sale power shoppers.

They are the ones with the laser-like focus that seem to smell the scent of the exact item they want and head straight for it. When they reach said item a tape measure flies out of the pocket and measurements are taken as they observe every inch of the item with the speed of a toddler who hears his mother’s steps when he is doing something he shouldn’t.

5 secrets of thrifty yard sale power shoppers How they are getting the best deals

They make a lightning fast decision to either buy or not buy the item and then POW! They are off to the next sale while you’re still going through the contents of the first of 12 tables.

However, as much as we make fun of yard sale power shoppers, they sure do seem to be getting all the good yard sale deals. Today I am going to spill their secrets (because I happen to be one of them) so you too can get incredible yard sale deals in less time and for less money.

 5 Secrets Of Thrifty Yard Sale Power Shoppers

 1. They shop with a list

If you want to get the best yard sale deals you need to know exactly what you are looking for. Don’t waste your time on things you don’t and end up finding nothing because thrifty yard sale powers shoppers snatched up the good stuff while you were browsing.

Having a list helps you shop with intention; you can scan a table and know right away that what you need isn’t there, allowing you to move on to greener pastures.

Create your list by going through your home room by room, noting what you need and in what color and size.

2. They shop community wide yard sales

Yard sale power shoppers don’t want to spend too much time driving between sale A and sale B because they know what they want could sell while they are traveling. This is why a thrifty power yard sale shopper loves community wide rummages.

These community sales often have 100’s of sales in just a few short blocks or miles depending on the size of the community, enabling the power yard sale shopper to hit dozens of sales in a short amount of time, saving time and gas money while increasing their chances of finding a great deal on an item on their list.

3. If they don’t live in an area with community wide yard sales they plan a route

When I first started yard sale shopping our family lived in an area where community wide rummages were unheard of, so I spent about 30 minutes the night before yard sale shopping planning out a sensible route that would allow me to hit the majority of yard sales going on the next day with the shortest amount of drive time.

4. They wear the right gear

It sounds lame, but it’s true. Do not yard sale shop in uncomfortable shoes: it will slow you down. Instead think of yard sale shopping as a sporting event–wear shoes you can walk in for miles.

5. They bring the right tools

Thrifty power yard sale shoppers don’t want to waste time hemming and hawing about if a coffee table will fit in their family room, so they take measurements of the area they want to put one before they go out yard sale shopping and put them beside the word “coffee table” which is on the list I mentioned in point one. To make sure the coffee table they have found at a yard sale fits they carry a tape measure along with them so they can take measurements.

Thrifty people also don’t want to be slowed down by thirst or hunger. They pack a small cooler with drinks and snacks so they don’t have to stop and buy one (plus that would cost more than a thrifty person wants to spend).

If a thrifty power yard sale shopper has a smartphone they will use it to take pictures of items at home they want to coordinate with. This save times as they can know within seconds that those couch throw cushions are not going to match the living room drapes (if a thrifty shopper doesn’t have a smartphone they bring along paint chips).

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A Fun and Simple Giveaway

I want to hear either your best yard sale shopping tip or your favorite yard sale find. To encourage you to share them with me I am giving away a $10 Starbucks card and 3 knitted  by me 100% cotton dishcloths.

To enter leave a comment below that shares either your best yard sale shopping tip or your favorite yard sale find.

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Contest ends Monday morning August 3 2015, winning comment will be chosen by using random.org and contacted by email. I will also post the winner here on this post.

Want more yard sale tips? Check out these posts

How I Saved $500 In 1 Hour

Everything You Need To Know To Have Your Best Yard Sale Season Yet

Yard Sale Shopping Tips

How To Hold Your Most Successful Yard Sale Yet


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52 Weeks To A Simplified Home: Project 30


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This week I am starting in decluttering our small walk-in closet.

bottom rack of closet before

I decided to start with this lower rack of clothes. Those are my husband’s clothes hanging above and I will let him do his own sorting.

clothes from bottom rackI decided the best way to attack it was to pile every item up on my bed and go through them from there.

empty hangers from bottom rack

In the end these are how many hangers I emptied. The contents of these hangers filled up the donation box from last week.

I wish I had kept better track of how many banana boxes of stuff I have donated to our local thrift store since the beginning of this project, oh well, my type A ” got to chart it “personality will just have to be happy with seeing the empty spaces around our home.

What area of your home did you declutter this week?

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Grab the plan and join along as we declutter our homes one inch at a time.

You can also join The Snail Pacing Goal Achievers Facebook group where you will find  the support you need to keep decluttering one inch at time.

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Goal Update For July 2015


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goals for 2015

10 Goals For 2015

My Mind


1. Read 52 books this year. 

Up to 33 books so far which means I am right ahead in my reading goal right now.  My favorite for the month would be Flash. I picked it up from Tyndale Rewards thinking it looked like a nice light,funny, read. I soon found out it was full of deep words of wisdom I needed to hear.

My Health

I had a few health problems pop up last year, that left me thinking I have reached that age where I should be paying more attention to it so I set two goals for my fitness and one goal  for eating habits.

Make A Fitness Goal For This YearHow to set and track a yearly milage goal (med)

2. 1200 Miles Ran in 2015

With a few more days left in July it looks like I will make my 100 miles for this month but not make up too many of the 30 I was short last month. I am thinking it is going to take me several months to make up for those uncompleted  miles in June.


This is the problem my son and I keep running into; flooded bike trails. Fun for short trips but not so much for long multi day bike rides. We need Indiana to dry out.

3. Take an overnight, multi-day bike ride trip with my son

My son and I did get out for one bike ride. We have plans to do a  full day ride later this week. I am really not sure when we will squeeze a multi day trip in. Weather just has not been working with us to get out there and build up our endurance on the bikes together. Soccer season will soon start for my son and that will eat into our time to take such a trip.

6 habits to form this year for healthier eating creating good eating habits one inch at a time (med)

4. Take six small steps over the year to build better eating habits

I did better on these goals then I did in June but I am not where I would like to be.

My Marriage

These goals are ones I set and achieved  in 2014 and I liked how they strengthened my marriage so much that I am doing them again.

5. 1 real date a month with my hubby each and every month:  I can’t recall a “real date” happening all of July although we did do a few quick lunch outs and we did take few walks just the 2 of us while camping.

6. 1 weekend getaway per season just the 2 of us. : We spent an entire week in Jamaica just the two of us in honor of our 20th wedding anniversary in June . It was amazing! If you follow me on instagram you probably saw all the pictures. We are considering this our spring and summer getaway so we won’t go away for the weekend again until fall.

My Home

52 Weeks To A Simplified Home Decluttering A Home One Inch At A Time (med)

7. Declutter one area of my home each and every week of the year.

Trudging though this goal and starting to get a better attitude about it. I am working on our master bedroom right now and even though I am not 1/2 way through my husband walked into the room the other day and said “it is really starting to look nice in here” which made me grin to ear to ear and makes me want to declutter deeper.

My Business

8. Write a 30,000 word ebook.

I put this goal aside for now to work on  a free eBook for email subscribers. I am about 2/3rds of the way through writing it. Stay posted for more details.

My Spirit

9. Do a word study in the bible  of the words, discipline, diligence and self control.

DONE all three words. I am now spending time reading the bible starting from the beginning each and every day.

My Wow Goal

10. I like keeping my wow goal very private as it is so dear to my heart. It is just as big as last year if not bigger.

My husband and I decided to take a big step towards making this goal happen. It is going to take a lot of work to see if our investment will pay off but I think it will.

Did you set any goals for yourself this year? If so tell me about them in the comments.

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This course is not about waking up early, it is about starting your day with intention that carries through until bedtime. The course will teach you how to make realistic goals and see them happen.

I watched all the videos  and even though I have followed a lot of the principles shared in the videos for years, I found the course inspired me to improve and live life with even more intention.  It has challenged me to rethink my evenings (yes evenings) and tweak my morning routine.

$17 is a steal in my books for what the course offers. There are 14 days of videos and work book instruction and several printables included to help you take action, improve your life, reach and obtain your goals. For more info or to grab your copy click here