How to Negotiate at a Garage Sale

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How to Negotiate at a Garage Sale
How to Negotiate at a Garage Sale
How to Negotiate at a Garage Sale
How to Negotiate at a Garage Sale

 

Garage sales are a win-win. Hosts get the chance to purge their homes of unneeded belongings and make a little money back on their investments, and shoppers get to take home useful, and sometimes novel, new belongings at a low price. One man’s trash becomes another man’s treasure.

However, pricing items for garage sales can be tricky. Often the dollar amount put on a garage sale piece is based on how much the seller values the item in terms of sentimentality or usefulness, which can be very subjective.

How much you, the shopper, are willing to pay is based on how much you think you will value the item. The idea behind negotiating prices is to find a number that makes both parties comfortable.

Here are four things to consider when deciding whether or not to negotiate the price of a piece of garage sale merchandise.

What You Can Actually Afford

If you can afford to pay what the seller is asking and feel that the item is fairly priced, just go ahead and fork it over. But if you really can’t afford to spend the marked price and you feel it could stand to come down a reasonable amount, go ahead and ask. The worst the seller can say is no. If you don’t ask, you leave empty-handed anyway.

How Much You’re Planning to Spend

If you’re planning to buy more than one item, it’s perfectly acceptable to ask for a discount. You’re helping the seller by taking several things off their hands at one time and ultimately the amount of money they make per hour may be the same or more if you shorten the length of time they have to spend sitting outside while shoppers peruse. Just tell the seller which pieces you are interested in purchasing and ask if they’d be willing to take a lesser amount if you buy it all.

The Time of Day

If it’s late in the day and the sale will be ending soon, sellers would probably prefer to get rid of as much as possible rather than hold out for the right price. After all, most garage sales take place in part because homeowners want to clear up space in their homes and garages. Go ahead and make a reasonable offer. If freeing up space is a real priority, the seller will most likely agree.

How Much is Left for Sale

If the garage sale has been going on for a while and it’s down to slim pickings, you definitely have a bargaining chip. More than likely, the seller would like to get rid of what’s left and wrap things up. Make an offer on the things you want. The seller will tell you what amount they’re comfortable taking, and hopefully the two of you can meet in the middle.

Hopefully, after considering these four points you’ll feel comfortable negotiating for items that you want and need at garage sales this season. Happy hunting!

How to Find Bargains at Estate Sales

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How to Find Bargains at Estate Sales
How to Find Bargains at Estate Sales
How to Find Bargains at Estate Sales
How to Find Bargains at Estate Sales
The Misconceptions Surrounding Estate Sales and How to Find Good Deals
Estate sales have long been misunderstood by the average person. They’re often overlooked by people looking for deals in favor of yard sales and thrift stores. It’s generally thought that people who go to estate sales are rich and buy expensive antiques from exclusive collections. Price tags with amounts in the hundreds or thousands of dollars, or so it’s thought, hang from vintage clocks, paintings and gem encrusted jewelry with decades of patina coating the silver and gold surfaces. I used to believe this myself, along with almost everyone else I knew.
The truth is that estate sales are, more often than not, held in the homes of ordinary people like you and I. Usually nearly everything in the house is for sale, from the books and clothing, to the cookware, household plants and even the unused kitchen food. Often everyday household items can be bought for a fraction of the retail cost. Here are some tips to help ease you into confident estate sale shopping and find the deals you’re looking for.

Search estate sale websites such as estatesales.net and estatesales.org. These sites have listings of many estate sales in your area. Most companies will take pictures of items at the sale and post them in their listing. This is great because you can see if there’s something at the sale you’re interested in before you invest the time and effort into attending the sale.

Get there early! A few hours early is usually best if you see specific items that you’re interested in. The first people in the house are often the ones that pick up the best items. Depending on the sale conditions at the estate, the company running the sale may only let in a few people at once. By the time many sales open there can be a line of several dozen people or more waiting to shop.

Pass On the First Day. Most estate sale companies won’t barter with you on the first day of the sale, preferring to stay firm on the asking price of the items. But on subsequent days of the sale they may offer a percentage off or be open to offers on items. If you’re not looking for a specific item, consider showing up on the second or third day of the sale to get the best deals.

From kitchen plates to furniture to pots and pans, if you’re looking for a great deal on a variety of items, consider checking out some local estate sales and see what treasures you can find.

Using Classifieds to Find Local Treasures

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Using Classifieds to Find Local Treasures
Using Classifieds to Find Local Treasures
Using Classifieds to Find Local Treasures
Using Classifieds to Find Local Treasures

 

There are many reasons to shop your local online classifieds to discover new to you treasures. Some reasons include a commitment to using recycled, refitted, or repurposed goods to keep them from going into a landfill. Shopping online by reading the local classifieds is an excellent way to save money and to keep the flow of goods and abundance in the local economy. Another reason is that it is a high-tech treasure hunt where you never quite know what to expect or what you’ll discover. It can be a fine way to connect with other individuals who share your interest, hobby, or lifestyle, from sharing baby clothing to telescopes to athletic equipment.

So now that you’re ready to take the plunge, what are some of the best ways to find local online classifieds?

1. Craigslist. Check out the granddaddy of e-bulletin boards. Craigslist.com allows you to narrow your search by city, type of item, and there is even a free section to connect those folks with things that they need to be free of with those who appreciate a free item.

2.eBay Classifieds. For name, reputation, and ease of online platform, connect with eBay classifieds to find local goods at a great price.

3. Classified Ads. The name pretty much covers it. Come here to fill your need. www.classifiedads.com

4. Oodle. Oodle is a compendium of the best kind, unifying craigslist, myspace, local listings, and more all in one source.

5. If your local newspaper offers an online edition, one of the most popular features is the classifieds. Type in the name of your city, the name of the paper, and begin your adventure!

6. The online version of your town’s alternative paper will feature classifieds. From furniture to clothes to unused concert tickets, there is a wealth of information and opportunities available to local residents.

7. Facebook Groups that are devoted to a particular topic, from skiing to gourmet cookery, will have followers in your area who are eager to exchange ideas, experiences, and to trade or sell their equipment. This is where the avid treasure hunter leaps into the fray and finds that perfect tool, object, or clothing purchase for a fraction of the price of a similar item that’s pulled from the box. Besides saving cash, which is major in and of itself, you’ll have an excellent chance of connecting with a local individual who shares your passion.

How to sell Your Home Treasures Through Social Media

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How to sell Your Home Treasures Through Social Media
How to sell Your Home Treasures Through Social Media
 How to sell Your Home Treasures Through Social Media
How to sell Your Home Treasures Through Social Media

It has become a common occurrence to find businesses including a Facebook page or Twitter handle in their official contacts, which goes to show that social media has in fact evolved to become more than just a social platform. It has become the go-to place for many intending to make sales, owing to several benefits, but did you know there is a right and wrong way of going about it? How then could you maximize it as a platform through which you sell knick-knacks and heirlooms among other sentimental treasures in your home?

Build Relationships First

There is a reason this has been listed as a vital aspect on LinkedIn. The idea is to first find your prospective buyers and get to know them before mentioning any sales. By building a relationship you will be able to display trustworthiness among other people skills and your potential buyers will get a sense of bonding with you.

Use this friendship to share stories about your relics talking of how you obtained them in the first place and attaching sentimental value to them in the process. By knowing your story, your buyers will by transference feel the same connection to your keepsakes. With this connection, they will be likelier to buy as opposed to when dealing with a complete stranger.

Don’t be Pushy

Resist the urge to keep pushing the sale in people’s faces. For starters, it will greatly reduce the value of whatever you are selling. Secondly, this will be a major put off to your potential buyers and thirdly, it will dampen your credibility. Social media has changed how sales are made in that you can no longer engage the strategy of the over-enthusiastic sales agent.

Take time to listen to you prospective buyers and carefully watch what they follow, comment on and post on social media. Realize also that they are studying you just as well and so conduct yourself as you would want them to see you. At the end of the day, how they see you will influence whether they like you enough to be interested in what you have to offer.

If you need a quick reminder, sensible selling puts it perfectly well: picture your social media page as a shop display window for your keepsakes. You, therefore, want to advertise without coming across as being too pushy or tacky; but don’t be a snob altogether.

Besides, remember that your customers are likely to post public reviews on your page as well as on other social media sites. So be very careful not to hurt your image and hamper any future sales or social interactions you might attempt to make.

Social media may appear a bit overwhelming at first owing to the fact that there are too many sites to take into consideration but do not be dismayed. If you identify your target market you need not end up joining all social sites, just go for the one you are not only most comfortable with but is also likelier to expose you to a larger number of potential buyers.

The principles for selling your stuff online also apply to any home business. If you sell products like Kyäni, relationship building is very important. Social media channels like Instagram and Facebook can be useful in meeting your personal sales goals. Follow the ideas detailed above and you can be successful in selling anything you have online.

Where to Shop for Antiques Online

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Where to Shop for Antiques Online
Where to Shop for Antiques Online
Antiques Online: Top Places to Buy

You don’t have to take a trip to the antique store anymore. Buying online is becoming more common these days. There are plenty of unique items up for grabs and here are a few places to acquire them.

 

Etsy

Etsy is known for it’s rare vintage items and handmade crafts and for being an extremely popular marketplace for independent sellers.

 

Instagram

Social media is also a great place for antiques hunters to buy antiques. Instagram allows you to share pics in stylish settings.

 

1stdibs

International dealers may utilize 1stdibs to search out one of a kind pieces. There is also a decorative blog. The smartphone app allows easy browsing from anywhere. Interior decorators originally used this site while art is also sold.

 

Liveauctioneers

Bidding for amazing antiques is made easy with the app from the Liveauctioneers site. Asian rugs, Japanese samurai armour and even a Japanese imperial army samurai sword are the types of items you can expect to find here.

 

eBay

More than 63 million people visit eBay each month to buy anything from fashion and electronics to toys and sporting goods. You may additionally shop for antiques and collectibles on eBay. Types of objects you may find are an antique Victorian hand mirror, jewelry box and walking cane.

 

The Old Cinema

The Old Cinema has a shop in London and a conveniently located online store with a fun old-time atmosphere. Art Deco style furniture, lamps and figurines abound. One may find something like a 19th century trunk, Edwardian oak bookcase or French buffet cabinet on any day. The Old Cinema has pieces which have been featured on Hollywood movie sets while celebrities even shop for their homes here. You may also follow them on Instagram.

 

Barneby’s

Founded by Swedish auction house enthusiasts, Barneby’s contains news and vintage style blogs on the arts and antiques. It is easy to use this site to buy clothing, jewelry, furniture and more. Auctions from auction houses worldwide engage here to sell their wares making Barneby’s one of the top websites online to buy antiques and collectibles.

There are plenty of places online to buy beautiful and rare antiques. From shops in foreign countries to the U.S., you don’t have to leave the comfort of your home to obtain the most worthy items for your collection.