I LOVE garage sales, thrift stores, estate sales Mom 2 Mom sales – anywhere I can find a deal. I might be an old lady trapped in a 27-year-old body, but I can’t help myself…I’d much prefer repurpose something than buy it new. Plus, old stuff – especially when it comes to home decor – has SO much more character than the Made in China stuff found everywhere these days.
Because of my passion for all things used, I’m always on the lookout for great “trash to treasure” blogs where I can find inspiration. I recently came across Garage Sale Diaries and immediately started following along. Little did I know, but Jen, the SAHM who runs it, is also a fellow metro Detroiter. I love seeing her posts and tweets about the treasures she finds while garage sailing and thought you all might like to hear what she has to say about her ‘saling’ adventures.
1. What got you started garage saling?
I really became addicted when I started finding great deals for baby things at garage sales when my first daughter was born 6 yrs ago. I knew we needed to buy so much stuff for our growing family and I was finding amazing quality items for amazing deals! I was HOOKED!
2. What have been your favorite garage sale finds?
– a $120 Pottery Barn comfy chair for $5
– a $60 Disney princess bicycle for my daughter’s birthday for $3
– Dishes, gorgeous clothes for my girls, picture frames
I have so many favorites, it’s tough to name a few!
3. Where do you look to find garage sales?
I map out the sales for the weekend by looking in the newspaper classifieds online and under the Craigslist category ‘garage sales,’ then I search for my city. It is easy to copy and paste the addresses to make my list and plug them into Google maps to make the best route.
4. Are there any shows on TV that inspire you to search for treasure among trash?
I am a huge fan of “Cash and Cari” on HGTV. That show has really opened my eyes to all the unique treasures you can find at estate sales.
(I agree – I also love Cash & Cari and recently attended one of her estate sales. It was so much fun!)
Oh my. I love saling with my girls, now. When they were toddlers it was harder to carry them around AND search for goodies at the same time. I would put them in strollers so I could keep them close to me. Now that they are older, I let them pick out something to buy. They get to pay for it themselves. They are shy, so it gives me the opportunity to teach them about talking with strangers.6. Do you have any hosting garage sale tips you’d like to share with my readers?
1. When hosting a garage sale, I think posting enough signs is very important. When someone goes to all the trouble of organizing a garage sale the key is letting everyone know about it. Put signs at all the roads near your home with HUGE arrows, the date of the sale, and the address. Even put signs out the day before so you don’t have to bother with them the morning of the sale. Don’t forget to take them all down when the sale is over.
2. Start your sale as early as possible. Most sales activity is before noon. I have seen sales start at 7am and eager customers show up before that. When you want to get rid of your junk, be the first to open!
3. When hosting a sale, have plenty of change. What happens if your first few customers hand you twenties for their $1 purchase?
Jen leaves us with a great quote summing up her adventures well: “It’s not the things you buy that you regret. It’s the things you don’t buy.”
* Photos provided by Jen *