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Bargain hunting tips from a garage sale expert

There are garage sales galore all around East Cobb this weekend, including the subdivision-wide sale in Indian Hills. Before you get your bargain on, read these tips for successful garage sale shopping from moneycrashers.com. 

It’s that time of year again: Time for shorts, sun, and, of course, garage sales. For some people, there is nothing more exciting than driving around the neighborhood and catching sight of a lawn full of multicolored clothing, vintage vinyl, and sparkly trinkets.

I’ll admit I’m guilty of being one of these people. Even if there’s nothing I can see that I need, I can’t resist stopping at a garage sale when I’ve got some extra cash. And even though most garage sales are full of great deals on items that cost a fraction of what you’d pay elsewhere, there are still multiple ways to save even more.

Saving Money at Garage Sales

1. Research Online

To be truly successful at scoring great deals at a tag sale, you have to start at home. Before grabbing your wallet and heading out the door, do some “pre-shopping” online.

Several websites exist that are dedicated to helping you find the best deals in your neighborhood. Sellers advertise directly with such sites, which allows you to browse (and sometimes view photos of) their wares.

  • Garage Sales Tracker allows you to search garage sales, flea markets, and consignment shops in your local area so you can get a general idea of the items being offered for sale. This allows you to determine whether the trip is worth your while. The site also offers an iPhone app which you can use to locate garage sales closest to you.
  • Yard Sale Search helps you find tag sales in your area for free no matter where you live in the United States. Enter your zip code, and a printable map appears detailing the locations of the sales. Click on the garage sales that most interest you and read over details such as date, time, location, and items for sale.
  • Craigslist is another great resource to locate a great garage sale before you leave the house. First, locate your city on the website. Beneath the “For Sale” header is a link marked “Garage Sale” on the right-hand column. Click this link and scroll down to view sales in your area.

If signing up for websites and searching the Internet just isn’t for you, there are plenty of other places to look offline. For example, most local newspapers are updated every Thursday and Friday before most garage sales take place. Church bulletin boards, supermarkets, and coffee shops also post flyers to draw traffic to their sales.

2. Learn to Negotiate

If you’re like me, you hate to haggle. However, negotiation doesn’t have to be an unpleasant process. By utilizing a handful of simple tactics, you may be able to score a cheaper price.

  • Look Poor. Don’t show up to a garage sale looking unkempt and disheveled, but don’t wear your best clothes and shoes either. Many sellers will not budge on price if you look like you can afford more than what they’re asking. Leave the fancy jewelry at home and just keep it casual. Also, make a point to bring small bills so you won’t have to feel awkward presenting a $50 when you just haggled to get the price down to $5.
  • Form a Relationship. Don’t just mill around – find the seller and strike up a conversation. Ask him or her about the pieces you’re interested in, and where and when they were acquired. Forming a humanizing connection can make acquiring a deal easier.
  • Start a Collection. Instead of inquiring about items piece by piece, start a small collection and ask how much for all of them. Sellers love to move items in bulk, so you may end up getting a great deal by buying multiple items, rather than single pieces.
  • Be Willing to Walk Away. If the seller is asking $50 for an item, don’t offer $5. Being unrealistic will just sour the whole deal. Instead, offer a reasonable amount, such as $30, and negotiate from there. If the seller still won’t budge, start putting things back – this may cause him or her to reconsider. If not, walk away.

 

3. Time Your Shopping

In addition to savvy negotiation tactics, timing is also important when trying to acquire a low price at a garage sale.

  • The Early Bird Gets the Worm. One of the best times to visit a garage sale is early in the morning, just as the sale starts. Big-ticket items such as TVs, stereos, and furniture will likely be sold within the first couple of hours, so get there early if these are the items you’re looking for.
  • But the Night Owl Cleans Up. Late risers don’t have to rule out finding great garage sale bargains. Showing up anywhere between 11am and 2pm means finding items reduced in price by 50% or more. Sellers are more likely to bargain as the day wears on, as it’s never pleasant to have to pack up and put a bunch of unsold items back into storage. Clothes, books, CDs, and various knickknacks sell best this time of day.

4. Flip Your Purchases for Profit

If you’re a savvy garage sale hunter, you can get more bang for your buck by reselling some of the items you score. Stick to reselling items you know people are likely always going to want or need, such as baby clothes, shoes, DVDs, and paperback books. You can easily set up an account on eBay or Craigslist to sell items online. Alternatively, you can have your own garage sale.

Before purchasing more expensive items, such as cell phones or tablet computers, do some serious research beforehand. Investing in high-end electronics requires a considerable amount of money, and making a profit isn’t always guaranteed. It may simply be best to avoid electronics and other pricey items if you’re not familiar with them.

Final Word

Garage sales are filled with many enticing items that catch the eye, but ask yourself the following questions before making any purchase: Do I really need this? Will it go well with my existing décor? Could I give it away as a gift? Does it have resale value? If the item doesn’t meet any of these criteria, ask yourself why you still want to make the purchase.

Occasionally, there’s nothing wrong with buying something you don’t need just for the fun of it. However, the best way to save money and get the most bang for your buck at a garage sale is to know what you need and to be aware of what you don’t need.

What’s the most interesting or unusual piece you’ve picked up at a garage sale?

(Reprinted from http://www.moneycrashers.com/garage-sale-shopping-tips/. Photo credit: Paul McKinnon, Shutterstock)

 

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NY Times Best-selling author coming to Book Exchange

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On Saturday, April 25 from noon to 1:30 pm, Book Exchange kicks off its 40th Anniversary festivities by hosting a Mix ‘N Mingle with former area resident and NY Times bestselling author, Steve Berry. The event celebrates the March 2015 release of the tenth in his popular Cotton Malone series, Patriot Threat.

Available for purchase at the Book Exchange event, Patriot Threat, Berry’s trademark mix of history and suspense that’s 90% fact and 10% exciting speculation, just debuted at #5 on The New York Times Bestseller List and poses a dangerous question: What if the Federal income tax is illegal?

Berry will talk about this latest release, sign autographs, and share light snacks and refreshments with guests. While there is no charge for this event, an RSVP is required no later than April 24th.

For more information or to RSVP call Book Exchange at 770-427-4848.

 

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Gifts for Grads at Ivy Lane

Graduation registry is now offered at Ivy Lane. Receive a FREE gift when you register. Plus shoppers receive 10% off their registry purchase.

Ivy Lane is located in the Highland Plaza Shopping Center at 3605 Sandy Plains Road in Marietta/East Cobb.

 

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Don’t miss MarketFest ’15 this weekend

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Check out MarketFest ’15 this Friday – Sunday, April 17-19. This three-day local indoor event is happening at MarketPlace 120. Shop local artists, crafters and all sorts of unique vendors for eclectic merchandise.

MarketPlace 120 is located at 562 Wylie Road in Marietta. More info: www.marketplace120.com.

 

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National Library Week 1/2 Off In-House Book Sale at Cobb County Public Libraries

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All 16 branches of the Cobb County Public Library System are presenting the National Library Week 1/2 Off In-House Book Sale as a “Thank You” to Cobb library patrons and supporters.  National Library Week, April 12-18, is being observed with the 2015 theme “Unlimited possibilities @ your library®.”

During the 1/2 Off In-House Book Sale, adult hardbacks are $2.50, trade paperbacks are $1.50, mass market paperbacks are $1, children’s hardbacks are $1.50 and children paperbacks are 50 cents each.

Since launching the in-house sales program at Cobb library locations in mid-2011, more than $90,000 has been raised for the purchase of library items.

“The Library System is very grateful for the community support for the in-house book sales,” said Jonathan McKeown, Associate Director of Library Services. “We encourage everyone to browse the books on sale at all Cobb libraries while visiting us during National Library Week.”

Sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) since 1958, National Library Week is observed each April throughout the United States by public, school, academic and special libraries.

For information on the Cobb County Public Library System, visit www.cobbcat.org.

 

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Spring is the time to repair your musical instrument

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Use the coupon on page 33 of our April issue for a FREE accessory item with paid instrument repair at Draisen Edwards Music in East Cobb.

Draisen Edwards is located in Parkaire Landing, 4880 Lower Roswell Rd #780E, Marietta, GA 30068.

 

Shop the Marietta Square Artists Market this weekend

The Marietta Square Artists Market begins this Saturday, April 11, from 9am-2pm on Mill Street between Church Street and the railroad tracks. The Artists Market is held each 2nd and 4th Saturday, April through November. 
Sponsored by The Branding Project, the Artists Market is an open-air fine arts market showcasing the best of local, handmade art and fine craft. From jewelry to sculpture, paintings and more, there is something for everyone.
For more information visit www.ArtistsMarketMarietta.com or email Connie@ArtistsMarketMarietta.com.

 

Good Mews Animal Foundation Spring Flea Market accepting donations

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Let the spring cleaning begin! Good Mews Animal Foundation announced the location for their annual spring flea market – 6317 Roswell Rd in Sandy Springs, Suite 6331– in the former Marshall’s Plaza Shopping Center. This is their largest fundraiser of the year and they need your help to make it a huge success! So start gathering your donations now and help spread the word! The kitties thank you!

Good Mews needs your help collecting items to make the flea market a success. Donated items will be accepted at the storefront on Saturdays from 10am-2pm & Sundays from 12noon-3pm beginning  Saturday, March 21st thru Saturday, May 9th. Check the website (www.goodmews.org) for all the latest Spring Flea Market information, including what items are being accepted. All donated items are tax deductible with receipts provided and 100% of the proceeds benefit the cats and kittens of Good Mews.

Items must be in good condition and working order. Not being accepted: Tools & Automotive Items, Large Exercise Equipment, Mattresses/Box Springs, Drop Side Cribs, Used Baby Car Seats, Fax Machines, Printers, Large Appliances, Computers, Keyboards, Overhead Light Fixtures, Ceiling Fans, Clothing (Adult/Children), or Holiday/Christmas Items.

The annual flea market will be held over five weekends with new merchandise each weekend!

Friday, April 17 – Sunday, April 19
Saturday, April 25 – Sunday, April 26
Saturday, May 2 – Sunday, May 3
Saturday, May 9 – Sunday, May 10
Friday, May 15 – Sunday, May 17
Shop 10am – 5pm on Saturdays and the two Friday dates; 12pm – 5pm on Sundays

The Spring Flea Market benefits Good Mews Animal Foundation, a local non-profit organization, which operates a volunteer-based, no-kill shelter for homeless, abused, and abandoned cats. The shelter provides a cage-free environment for its feline residents, offering them comfort and security while assertive adoption programs find them happy, loving homes. Good Mews has a strong commitment to  the practice of spaying and neutering as the most important step in reducing the pet overpopulation problem.

Good Mews also promotes public awareness regarding the value  of pets, animal welfare, and quality human-animal companionship through educational and outreach programs.

To join this growing organization, or to find out more about what you can do to help, call 770-499-CATS (2287) or visit www.goodmews.org.

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Hop over to C’est Moi and shop for Easter

From stocking baskets to serving guests, C’est Moi has Easter covered from start to finish.

Choose from soft and cuddly bunnies by Jellycats, handmade nests, magic eggs, classic polished marble eggs, and hand-blown, hand painted eggs from Austria in beautiful new designs.

If it’s your turn to host Easter this year, set a fabulously memorable table with beautiful tablecloths, runners, and napkins in neutrals and spring colors along with table settings and serving dishes. Need a new centerpiece? C’est Moi has some fabulous ideas! Don’t forget to pick up a little bunny salt and pepper set!

If you are one of the lucky ones who has been invited to an Easter soirée, C’est Moi has an array of hostess gifts that will delight both you and the lucky recipient. With beautiful gift wrap you’ll be back on the bunny trail in no time.

Spring shopping? Check out Collage Boutique and our exclusive coupon!

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Shop Collage Boutique this Spring for a curated mix of clothing, jewelry, gifts and accessories that you will fall in love with! <a href=”http://issuu.com/eastcobber/docs/ec_mar2015_web/1″ target=”_blank”>Mention the ad on page 27 of our March issue</a> for 20% off your purchase, excluding designer jewelry. Just say “Collage EAST COBBER” for your discount.

Collage Boutique is located at 1311 Johnson Ferry Road, Suite 528 and online at www.thecollageboutique.com. Call 770-321-5777 for more information.

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