Before you head out to shop you should have a few things stuffed in your purse that will help you make smart purchases.
1. A measuring tape- to check for furniture or appliance dimensions.
2. Business cards- if I make an offer on an item and the seller turns me down sometimes I give them a card and tell them at the end of the day if they change their mind to email me or give me a call. Trust me, it works.
3. Paint chips- to match colors.
4. A list of items you are looking for- know what you want ahead of time to avoid impulse buys.
5. Small bills- I always feel like a jerk when I haggle someone down a few dollars on a frame and then pull out a $20 to pay for it. Be polite and carry $1 bills if you can.
6. A smile- I know it sounds silly, but if you communicate with people in a nice and optimistic way, you will always get a better price.
I also try to let other people know (like friends and family) what I'm looking to buy. If I need a new bedroom set I let everyone know about it, then if they see something I may like, they text me a photo so I can take a look. My mom and I shop like that all the time, and I have scored some great buys from text shopping!
This step is one of the most important to successful garage sale shopping, so get yourself ready now, so when Saturday comes you'll be ready.
In case you missed:
*Garage sale shopping 101- an introduction