I want to begin this series by explaining WHY I shop yard sales (and why YOU should shop yard sales too!)
1. The prices
Yep, the prices get me every time. Picture frames for 50¢ – $1, clothes for $1, milk glass (yes, my glorious milk glass!) for $1-3, jewelry for 75¢ – $1, home décor for $1-5, furniture for $3, toys for 25¢ – $1, and I could go on and on….
Some of my yard sale finds throughout our home…
I shop yard sales because I like the prices! Not only do I like the prices, I can afford the prices. Well, most of the time – sometimes things are overpriced (just like you find some mall stores overpriced) but most of the time, things are dirt cheap. I don’t have an unlimited budget for the “wants” or even the needs in life so being able to find things for the fraction of the price allows me buy things I need and things I want with very little money. Being a good steward of our money is very important to us.
2. The selection
Not only are the prices usually dirt cheap, but the selection of items that you can find at yard sales are ENDLESS! Seriously, you can pretty much buy ANYTHING at a yard sale – clothes, home décor, electronics, kitchen gadgets, baskets, linens, furniture, toys, educational items, exercise equipment, bikes, outdoor décor, holiday items, jewelry, gifts… I am not exactly sure what you CAN’T buy at a yard sale. And remember those dirt cheap prices? Yep, imagine buying pretty much anything and everything that you want or need at dirt cheap prices.
But not only can you pretty much find anything you can buy in stores, you can find things you CAN’T buy in stores. Unusual things, things that are long gone from being sold in stores, things you could never afford at a name brand store. That is another great thing to me – I can’t walk into Wal-mart and buy milk glass but I can find it all the time at yard sales.
3. The fun
Yes, it is FUN! The fun of the search. The fun of imagining the “after” of something I see. The fun of finding something at a dirt cheap price. Being able to shop my heart out and not spend a fortune. Enjoying the spring and summer weather while browsing.
Coffee table I bought for $3 at a yard sale and refinished for our living room.
I love shopping yard sales! It excites my frugal heart and beautifies my home on a dime!
Make sure to come back next Monday as we will talk about when and where to find good sales.
So how about you?
Why do you shop yard sales?
And if you don’t shop yard sales, why not?