Garage Sales, Yard Sales, Estate Sales

Garage Sale Tips For Hunters



Check every Thursday and Friday before the weekend you plan to shop. Look for keywords of items you may want to purchase and prioritize which Garage Sales you may want to visit first. It may also help to map them out using Google Maps so you don’t do too much back-tracking throughout the day.


Write down or type up the addresses of the locations and note items you want to look for at that specific Garage Sale. You won’t have to sort through the newspaper before you go into each Garage Sale and you will have a “cheat sheet” with all of the relevant information you need.

Prepare for the Weather

If it’s going to be a hot day be sure to bring sunglasses, sunscreen, a hat and bottled water. If it may be chillier, dress in layers so you can leave items in your car if it happens to get nicer out.

Garage Sale Hunter Kit

If you are Garage Sale Hunting on a regular basis, put a large box in the back of your car with items you may need for purchasing items. Reusable grocery bags are a great way to carry smaller items as you look through a Garage Sale. If you are on the lookout for larger items, keep a tape measure so you can make sure the item isn’t too large, and keep rope available in case you need to tie something down. Hand sanitizer is also a good addition since you are digging through used items all day long.

Inspect Purchases

Before making your final purchase, be sure to check the contents of any boxes, bags or tins. With used items, you never know if the seller has put something other than the original contents into that container, even if by accident. This would include items such as electronics, kitchen appliances, CDs, DVDs and other items. Also make sure battery operated items don’t have old corroded batteries in them which may affect the performance of your purchase. Finally, don’t be afraid to ask to test any electrical items, you should know if they work before buying.

Large Items

If you need to return to the Garage Sale to pick up a larger item, be sure to get a written receipt verifying that you paid for the piece. This is especially important for larger Garage Sales when more than one family is working and may not remember you when you return. Another tactic to ensure you your item is still there and they know you purchased it, is to remove something such as a drawer or other small component. This can also prevent other buyers from out-bidding you and losing your item.


If you don’t want to pay the asking price for an item, leave your name and phone number with the person in charge of the Garage Sale. If they item doesn’t sell they most likely will offer it to your at your asking price.