We’re fans of anyone who can give us advice on how to shop yard sales and we admit to garnering some tips from some educated shopping ourselves. Plus, we've played attention to Dr. Lori, the star appraiser from the discovery channel show, Auction Kings.
So what do we know? We share with you this:
Cash is king
If you try to break a large bill--you're giving away your buying power and an open hand limits negotiations.
If you want to alienate the seller, show up at dawn--bad move, and the seller is now motivated to charge you top dollar. By showing up later, the seller will be tired, stressed, and more willing to unload stuff cheaply.
Antiques or junk?
Damaged goods are sometimes that and nothing more. So unless you have your chalk paint ready at home, skip the wormwood or forgo the tattered linens just because they are old.
Take the whole
Buying partial items due to the bargain nature of it can be just plain stupid; a game that is missing pieces or a puzzle without corners is pretty much useless.
- Don't sell the queen Anne console if you don't know what its worth. One day you'll find out and be seething. We've left things at auction and were appalled at the returns. It hurts.
- Family jewelry should be put on sale online and perhaps at auction. A yard sale is not the venue to get the true value if Aunt Sophie's 30's necklace.