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Last week was the first real “yard sale week” around here. DH and I went to a 40 family sale where we found this NEW IN BOX Radio Flyer steel wagon which we bought for $10:

Radio Flyer Steel Wagon

We also found this Kettler pedal go-cart for $5:

Kettler Pedal Go Kart

Now, getting ready for this weekend, a few people have asked me where I find the yard sales I shop at. Well, first I look on Craigslist (our local Craigslist). I search under “garage sales” using the words “multi-family”, “development”, “community”, and “neighborhood”. I prefer neighborhood sales to single-family sales. I then narrow it down by location. I also search our online local paper as well. Hope that is helpful as you hunt for deals this weekend and this summer!

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I have an android phone, so the other day I searched the Google Play store to see what free Yard Sale Android Apps were available. Disclosure: I did not download any of them, or try any of them yet. I did read about the apps (and the reviews posted by users).

I found the following free yard sale Android Apps to be the most potentially helpful:

1. Yard Sale Treasure Map— “quickly find the garage sales near you! You can search day by day, view detailed sale info, get directions to each sale, and plot sales from other sources to keep you organized.”  This was rated 4.2 stars and some of the comments were: “awesome app”, “so much easier to do my treasure hunting with this new application”, and “the best yard and garage sale program ever”. I think, if I download one of the apps, this might be the first one I try!

2.Garage Sale Rover Free— “Locate local garage sales, yard sales, tag sales, and estate sales on a map. We have created what some consider to be the ultimate garage sale locator and map tool.” Also rated 4.2 stars. Reviews say, “I have found this app very useful — There are more listings than my local paper” and “has saved me a lot of time and gas when physical signs are inadequate or confusing”.

3.Shpock— Somewhat different type of app. “With shpock you’ll find the most beautiful things in your neighborhood and sell your things quickly to people around you.” I would also be curious to give this app a try when I have time. Rated, again 4.2 stars. . .Reviews: “Already bought a few things and am happy with the way the transactions work” and “I could browse stuff on Shpock all day!” Please post in the comment section if you have tried this yard sale app–it seems like more of a marketplace for buying and selling.

Given that more people are accessing the web through cell phones than ever before, yard sale apps are not going anywhere. In fact, new ones will probably be developed all the time. Please feel free to post your favorites below. If you have an Iphone, what yard sale apps do you find useful?

 

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One of the questions I get asked most often is where I find yard sales and how I plan my weekly yard sale routes.

I start find yard sales/planning my yard sale route on Friday morning. If you want to get to the most yard sales, and do it intentionally (to find the best bargains), you can not just drive around and hope to see yard sale signs, or pick up a newspaper on Saturday morning. You will waste a lot of time that way!

There are a number of websites people use to find yard sales, but I have found it best to stick to a very simple system:

1. I look in our local newspaper on Friday morning. I never actually purchase the (paper copy) newspaper; I go to the newspaper’s website. You know what your most-read local paper is–some areas may have two or three popular local papers. Find their websites, go to the classified section, and look under “garage/yard/rummage sales”.  If, for some reason, you cannot gain online access to these advertisements, you will have to purchase a hard-copy paper.

2. I look on Craigslist. Often, people do not want to pay for a newspaper advertisement, but will post a yard sale on Craigslist because it is free. Go to your local area/city. There is a garage sale section (under the “for sale” section). I am in a larger area, so I narrow my choices by searching. I first search for the terms “neighborhood”, “community”, and “development”. Sometimes I search for “multi-family”. Then, I narrow those selections by area/location. I also search using the name of my town and nearby towns.

Next, I copy and paste the ads of interest to a Word document. I then sort them further. I will discuss in more detail in the next “informative” post what types of yard sales I prefer, and how I sort them.

Finding the best yard sales, I have found, is as easy as searching your local newspaper ads and Craigslist.

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