Empty those piggy banks and change jars….Dig under those couch cushions…dump the change into a fanny pack…and head out the door early, Folks….it’s yard sale time!
I went to my first yardsales of the season, last weekend. It was a community yardsale, so I went armed with pockets of change. There are some great looking yardsales coming up in my area tomorrow and there is rain in the forecast..again🙁. Hopefully, some will be indoors. Not one to be deterred, I will still get up early to see what I can find. Hey, if everyone else thinks it’s too rainy to get out, then maybe only the good stuff will be left for me☺️.
Frugal drib #1
One of my best tips is to bring change! You will be surprised at how few dollar bills you will spend. Is it just me or does using change feel like we are spending less money? Of course we aren’t, so be careful! I think using change makes me spend less because I don’t want to count out large amounts of change at a yardsale. So if you think this mind trick will work for you, try it!
Unfortunately, the cold rainy weather caused so many of last weeks yardsales to be cancelled..🙁.
I did get a few carefully thought out deals to share in spite of the soggy, cold weather.
I got these 4 dresses for my youngest daughter. The first one still has tags on it! I don’t think my kids realize that lots of their clothes are second hand. So many that I buy still have tags on them. So truly…they are brand new!
Overlook my popcorn ceilings, but do get used to seeing them sometimes. This is one thing I don’t plan to change. They are serving my family well. I don’t plan to invest the time and money to change them. It’s ok, don’t feel sorry for me, we will make it just fine😉.
The last dress pictured is Christmas dress. Springtime a great time to pick up Christmas holiday related items because no one else is thinking about Christmas!
My kids go to a Christmas event each year with my mom. I am planning ahead by buying dresses for them to get nice pictures in, while they are dirt cheap. I mentioned Christmas because it applied here but this trick works for lots of holidays. I am reminded of buying shirts with hearts for the kids for Valentine’s Day. Which can certainly be worn for more than just Valentine’s Day. Hearts are ok anytime, right❤️? I saw a nice 7 foot tall Christmas tree this weekend at the yardsale for $10. I didn’t need one but what a great deal if I did!
In my area of the Southern United States, it’s super hot in the summer. My kids wear simple, easy wear, dresses, sandals, and flip flops the whole summer. We even wear simple dresses as swim suits cover-ups. The good thing about these dresses, they can be paired with tights, boots, and a sweater and work just fine in the winter, too.
The trouble with buying things for kids at yardsales..sometimes you can only find suitable things for one of your children at a time. This leaves this other ones feeling a bit left out. Sometimes I buy things and put them up until I run across something good for the other child. It’s a battle but it’s worth it.
I also got these thick ornate gold picture/mirror frames, swim goggles, a blow-up fire engine float, and shirt for my grandson.
I don’t know what I am going to do with these frames yet, but I fell in love with the details on them and I have a few ideas that I will post in the future.
I got the swim goggles because we use these all summer long. They were too cheap to pass up for something I would be buying anyway. I grabbed my grandson the cute whale t-shirt to keep at my house for any messy accidents that are sure to come up.
Gold frame picture $1
gold frame mirror $1
4 dresses $10
goggles and float$2.00
whale shirt $.50
=$14.50 for all☺️
I have got better deals on little girl dresses in the past. I usually like to pay around a dollar. I looked through many before I settled on these four. Why these four? The sizes allow for grow room, they will go with sandals/flip-flops/hair bows we already have, they have no stains, and are made well.
Nothing worse than to get a great deal at a yardsale, only to get home and find a big stain that you overlooked. Spend a couple extra minutes to look closely at your items to make sure they aren’t flawed. If they are and you can( and want!) easily repair it, ask if they will take less for the item.
If you will notice the prices on the swim gear, I got a price on them that is much better than what I would pay for them at the dollar store. My kids and grandchild will get a lot of use out of them so I feel good about this purchase. Soon my grandchild will be able to use the floats that I saved for him from my older children, that aren’t disposable.
Its very important to me to really consider what I buy. There were so many other items I saw Saturday that I really liked, but would just be adding clutter. Do you yardsale? If so, what are your best yardsale tips? Tell me all your tricks☺️!!! How do you get the best deals? What are your favorite items to look for?