Ladies and gentlemen! Brace yourselves….for yard sale season!!
I’ve often dreamed of living somewhere that the sun shines all year long, snow does not bury you for days and the cold doesn’t bite your nose…but for now I suppose the ever changing northeast will have to do. The fun part of this sort of climate is that each season holds its own charm, spring is for yardsale-ing summer is for junking, fall is for flea markets and winter is for antiquing and all year round estate sales offer a lot of great opportunities as well. Unfortunately for my wallet(and o so patient boyfriend I mentioned before) I love them all!
You may be thinking, yard sales go all throughout the summer don’t they? Why yes, they do! I’m glad you mentioned it! This is just what I consider the best time to yard sale since everyone is doing their spring cleaning its prime time! In the northwest people spend a lot of time indoors in the winter months which means they have a lot of time to take inventory, redecorate, rearrange and de-clutter etc. which is exactly why spring yard sales are the best! As the summer goes on they tend to become a little more like old Tupperware parties and you’re lucky to find even one thing to go home with.
Yard sales are exciting because you never know when your going to come accross one, you can just be driving along headed to the market and all of a sudden your rubbernecking! Swerving off the road, making a “questionable” u-turn all because someone painted a cardboard sign and set stuff in their yard…crazy I know. What’s even better about yard sales are the incredible deals you can find! Since your dealing with averages joes the majority of the time instead of dealers or vendors, half of the time they do not know what they have and the other half they really don’t care and just want to get rid of it which means you go home with a steal!
I usually have certain things that I look for at a sale but who am I kidding? I’m really not picky at all! If it catches my eye, I can either resell it or use it and is reasonably priced it’s going home with me! “Projects” are usually best found at yard sales where something just needs a little TLC and some paint and it’s good to go. Most of my projects I tend to keep, some I sell…but mostly keep because I have a deeper attachment to them and,obviously, I like them, they are my style.
If you do enough yard sale-ing, junking antiquing etc. you’ll start to recognize things, learn the value of them and know exactly what your best move will be; buy, resell, refurbish or walk away. So start practicing! Get to know your target and always be looking for a better deal!
So as the season comes into full swing, brace yourselves for yard sale-ers, the worst drivers in the world but some of the most dedicated people you’ll meet!