Our Top 5 treasure hunting haunts!
1) Garage sales – Garage sales have yielded some great finds and sellers are usually eager to negotiate because they want this stuff out of the house. You usually need to be an early bird to get the “good stuff”. By 11 am, these garage sales are picked over.
Time saving tip: Shop for Halloween costumes, party favors, etc. while also looking for treasures, especially at garage sales and thrift stores.
2) Thrift stores – If you search thrift stores near you on a regular basis (once a week, not every day), you may find just that perfect piece that you are looking for. This is also a great place for costumes and holiday décor.
Time saving tip: Check online thrift stores if you have more time to click than drive!
3) Estate sales – These are the estates of people who are moving and need to clear out, elderly folks moving to assisted living centers or those recently passed away.
Time and money saving tip: Estate sales are a great place to pick up paper goods, trash bags, cleaning products, etc. at a fraction of the cost of the grocery store and it will save you time at the grocery store if you stock up at estate sales.
4) Flea markets – Flea markets are a great source and, depending on the size and variety of items, can be a fun outing for the family.
5) Auctions – Auctions are so much fun, but it is easy to get carried away by the bidding. I would never do this of course (okay, maybe once or twice), but you can easily spend more than you anticipate if you don’t a limit and stick to it!
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