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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.
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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