11 Reasons to Always Stop at Garage Sales

Some people love garage sales; others pass by without a second thought, writing them off as a jumble of other people's trash. If you’re in that second group, you’ve been missing out on a chance to score some incredible deals. While not every garage sale is a treasure trove, there are plenty of bargains to be had, and even better, unique opportunities you won’t find on the big-store shelves. Here are 11 reasons to check out a garage sale this weekend.

  1. Good Frames Cost Next to Nothing

    Picture Frames At Garage Sale

    Picture frames can be expensive. In fact, it’s not uncommon for a frame to cost more than the print inside. While you’re unlikely to find a lost masterpiece at a garage sale, you will often find amateur or dated paintings in unique, high-quality frames. Chuck the artwork, and reuse the frame.

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  2. Find New Additions to Your Collection

    Yard Sale Antiques Collectibles

    Whether you collect old dolls, cat figurines, vintage telephones, or postcards from the 1920s, visit enough garage sales and you’re bound to strike gold. Plus, you get to enjoy the thrill of the hunt, which is a large part of the fun for most collectors.

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  3. Furnish Your Home for Less

    Yard Sale Furniture

    Although secondhand upholstered furniture poses a bedbug risk, wooden furnishings, including tables, nightstands, dressers, and armoires, are a good bet at garage sales. As long as the piece is in fair condition, minor cosmetic issues can be overcome with a coat of paint and new hardware. And if you have the DIY itch, you can put in a little extra effort to transform a ho-hum piece of furniture into a one-of-a-kind wow.

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  4. Eclectic Dishes Can Be Found in Abundance

    Dishes Garage Sale

    If you don’t mind mismatched collections of dishware, garage sales are definitely worth your while. Dishes, drink ware, serving pieces, and enviable cookware and appliances, from seasoned cast iron to mint-condition stand mixers, can be yours for little more than a song. 

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  5. Christmas in July (or August or September...)

    Christmas Decorations Garage Sale

    While decorating your house for the holidays is a joy, the credit card balance that comes with seasonal shopping is a drag. But when you stock up on lights, ornaments, tree stands, and lawn decorations at a local garage sale, you’ll get the thrill of saving money, acquire some lovely decorations for your home, and still have cash left over for your gift budget.

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  6. Bask in Nostalgia

    Nostalgia Items Garage Sale

    Missing the days of vinyl records? Looking for board games you remember from your childhood? Still hoping to complete your collection of Beanie Babies? You can find all these treasures from the past and more at the typical garage sale. It’s like a trip down memory lane.

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  7. Get Fit on a Budget

    Used Gym Equipment

    We know you are going to stick with that new exercise regimen, and luckily for you, garage sales are perfect for picking up barely used exercise equipment of all types, abandoned by people who, unlike you, gave up on their exercise resolutions!

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  8. Outfit Growing Kids

    Garage Sale Kids Clothes

    Kids grow fast; unfortunately, their clothing doesn’t grow with them. Instead of stretching your budget to fit your child’s ever-increasing stature, why not shop garage sales for nearly new kids' pants, coats, sweaters, and shirts? You’ll frequently find adorable garments for babies, toddlers, and young children—and sympathetic parents may even be willing to barter with a fellow parent to find a lower price that works for you.

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  9. Help Your Garden Grow

    Buying Tools At Yard Sales

    Let your garden—and your bank account—grow with flowerpots, watering cans, and yard tools purchased secondhand for a few dollars at garage sales, at a fraction of the price you’d pay to pick up the same items new. Word to the wise: Pass on hopelessly rusted tools and cracked pots.

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  10. Play Dress Up

    Garage Sale Costume Jewelry

    Shopping garage sales is a great way to add serious bling to your wardrobe without breaking your budget. Sure, you might have to do a bit of searching, but you can find vintage brooches, pretty glass necklaces, chandelier earrings, and big, bold, and beautiful cocktail rings mixed in with the less desirable items.

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  11. It’s Fun

    Garage Sale Tips

    The number one reason to check out garage sales? It's fun. Where else can you score a pair of designer
    jeans for a dollar, finally complete your collection of vintage Barbie dolls, and pick up the perfect side chair for your living room, all for less than a $20 bill?

    Related: 10 Smart Ways to Snag Free Stuff for Your Home


  12. Get Shopping

    Get Shopping

    Now you know what to keep your eyes out for the next time you pass a garage sale!


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