Garage Saling: You May Be Paying Too Much!

We all know what items we would be willing to buy used and in good condition but would never buy retail because of the price, quality, or the location in which the item would have to be purchased. Things like designer clothing, purses, shoes, boots, etc. High-end furniture, fixtures, large and small appliances, and building materials also fit into this category.

What about those everyday consumer goods that we find at garage and estate sales, auctions, scratch and dents, and thrift stores? Are they always a better deal than buying new at a regular store?

If you are paying more than a nickel or dime for these items, you may be paying too much:

  • Loose leaf note book paper
  • Pencils
  • Pens
  • Erasers
  • Folders
  • Highlighters and markers
  • Trial-size toiletries (You often find these bagged in thrift shops—be ready to judge quality and do your math!)
  • Pocket-size Kleenex packets
  • Any loss leader stationary or office supply item that could be bought at a back-to-school sale

If you are paying more than a quarter for these items, you may be paying too much:

  • Wash clothes
  • Index Cards
  • Plastic storage baskets or tubs (depending on size)
  • Any kind of knick knack (not that it ever stops me if I really like something!)
  • Crayons
  • Canned vegetables
  • Canned fruits
  • Canned tomatoes

If you are paying more than fifty cents for these items, you may be paying too much:

  • Condiments
  • Bath or Body soap or Body Wash
  • Candles
  • Kitchen Towels
  • Body Powder
  • Light-weight tools for small jobs around the house (screwdrivers, wire cutters, pliers, all-in-one tools)
  • Craft items—beads, ribbons, pipe cleaners, felt, lace, foam, sewing notions
  • Plastic storage baskets or tubs (depending on size)
  • Note cards (depending on quality and quantity)

If you are paying more than a dollar for these items you may be paying too much:

  • Bath Towels
  • Jar Candles
  • Dish clothes
  • Anything you could buy new at a dollar store!
  • Anything you could buy in a bulk package at big box store!
  • Any kitchen item you might find in a discount or clearance bin!
  • Cake and other baking mixes
  • Baking Chips
  • Household cleaning products (often free at moving sales or can be bought at auctions for a dollar per box)
  • Stationary sets or fine writing paper (depending on quality and quantity)
  • Sewing patterns

Save your money for purchases of more expensive used (and sometimes new—such as the $10 stove hood I found new and in the box at one of our village-wide garage sales ) items by purchasing smaller household articles new as loss leaders or discounted for clearance at better-than-garage-sale prices.  Buy such household and food items at garage or estate sales, scratch and dent surplus grocery stores, thrift stores, or auctions only when the combination of price and quality is right. Begonia

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