When heading out to garage sales the old saying is true, the early bird gets the worm. My least favorite part of shopping at garage sales is waking up early, let's be honest, I'm so not a morning person, but this may be the most important aspect of finding what you want to buy.
When I say you need to get early, you need to be out driving around when the sun comes up. The exact time depends on the season, in the summer you will need to wake up earlier, while the winter season will allow you to sleep in a bit more. Right now (and keep in mind it's January) I wake up at 6:30, throw on some jeans and a sweatshirt, brush my teeth, and am out the door by 7.
The best shopping hours for garage sales are within the first 2 hours after the sun comes up, or when people let you start shopping. If I wake up late or have sick kids to take care of I don't even bother going, you're wasting your time. You will be looking at all the items other people picked over.
The best day to garage sale shop is always Saturday, although that may depend on the area where you live. When I used to live in Orange County, you could ONLY find garage sales on Saturday, but after moving to a more rural area a few years ago I noticed a lot of garage sales on Fridays. I would drive my kids to school and see garage sale signs everywhere.
I was like "whaaaaat".....
I checked out a few and realized that here in my new hometown there are a lot of stay-at-home moms who start their sales on Friday morning. There aren't as many as on Saturday, but if I have the time, or I know I can't shop on Saturday, I'll drive around and see what's out there.
You really need to drive around your town on Saturday mornings to see what's out there and "test the waters".
Are you ready to set your alarm?
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