Yard sales, tag sales, garage sales, estate sales. No matter what you call buying other people’s used stuff, I love going to these sales and finding a true bargain.
I’m a late bloomer when it comes to tag sales – I didn’t go to my first one until we were on our staycation last summer. Ever since then, I’ve been hooked and it’s one of my favorite weekend activities.
Before you hit up a yard sale, it may be helpful to think about what you’d want to get. Group yard sales – either neighborhood yard sales or community yard sales in parking lots – are great if you are in the mood to just browse. But if you want something specific, you’ll want to make sure a family uses those keywords in their sale description. For example, my husband and I are exclusively looking for baby and toddler gear when we visit yard sales. Our friend’s parents, on the other hand, look for furniture to restore – so we may not be showing up at the same tag sale. I personally love sales that share photos of what they are selling in advance. One tag sale had a photo of a Little Tikes Cozy Coupe car in their listing – you can be sure we hit up that tag sale! Our little guy will be able to enjoy his car when he gets a little bigger, and mom can brag she got it for $10 assembled instead of $72.
Now that it is getting warmer out, you can be sure that I’ll be visiting tag sales almost every weekend. Here’s where to find yard sale listings:
1. Street Signs
A little obvious, but we found a tag sale last summer just by driving through town and noticing a sign for a neighborhood tag sale that was taking place over the weekend. It mentioned baby and kids stuff on the sign, so we headed through the neighborhood until we found the home with tons of baby gear in the front yard. We ended up with a packed car, including a bag of alphabet floor tiles for a buck, plus a daycare recommendation!
While we haven’t had any memorable wins from Craigslist listings, this is another great resource, especially to help find something you are specifically looking for. I spent many weekends googling neighboring towns + baby into Craigslist to see if there were any sales we may be interested in.
3. Facebook Buy Sell Groups
As the weather gets warmer, check your local Facebook groups. I joined our town’s buy/sell group when I moved to Westchester, and community members post their tag sale information. If you are a member of these groups, you’ll find that once it is warm out, there are multiple listings every weekend.
4. Facebook Parent Groups
If you are looking for baby and kids gear, I recommend you join your local parent group for your town. I was able to join pregnant, just make sure your town information is up to date on Facebook. By being part of this group, I’ve found out when some great sales are going on and most recently attended the Sweet Repeats event in Peekskill, which was a large pop-up consignment sale (there is another similar one in Westchester called Be Green Kids this weekend). These type of sales often have email lists, so sign up if you’d like to be alerted of the next one!
Through these parent groups, you are often able to find community tag sales – meaning a tag sale that takes place in a parking lot, supporting a cause. This is how I was able to find my favorite tag sale we attended to date – our local elementary school’s PTA tag sale. Since we were looking for baby and toddler gear, this was a fantastic sale, with many moms and dads of young kids cleaning out recently used items. I was able to even get something off my registry – a jumperoo – unopened, in a box for more than half off the retail price.
Love tag sales as much as I do? What are your tricks?
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