Plan Now to Use Yard Sales – Save Money on Needed Items

Yard sale season is not far off. Take the time to plan now, and you’ll save money.

You’ll want to create a list, or a series of lists if doing so will help you to better organize. Either way, your list will help you keep track of what you need and what you’ve bought.

Beside each thing on your list, leave enough space to keep a tally of how many of each item you have bought. Write that number next to the item, as well, so you don’t forget. Once you have as many of an item as you need, simply cross it off your list.

Before making your list:

Go through each room in your house, deciding what to keep or let go. Mismatched dinnerware you never use, clothes that are too small, and broken toys, among other unneeded items, have no place in your home. Trash things that are beyond repair, give things to people who can use them, set them aside to sell in a yard sale of your own, and/or donate to a good cause.

What should you put on your list?

While going through each room, you likely realized you were going to need some things. If not, then do a walk through of the house, checking closets, cupboards, shelves, and drawers, etc., will help in preparing the list. Take into consideration all the things you and your family will need before next years’ yard sale season, for the ultimate overall savings.

Some things to look for:

  • Clothing you and your family need for work, school, and play, for each season. Keep in mind that children might grow a size or two before the next yard sale season starts, and you might want to be prepared for that.
  • Accessories, footwear, and other needs as well. Again, children might go through a couple sizes before next year.
  • School supplies, lunch sacks, office supplies, etc.
  • Household items you may need, such as pitchers, picture frames, blankets, a dresser, or a bed frame.
  • Holiday needs (all holidays/sabbats): Decorations, items for making up gifts such as baskets and tins, good condition items that can be given as gifts, wrapping needs, etc. Read my post Is it Okay to Pick Up Gifts at Yard Sales, Thrift Stores, etc.
  • Garden, lawn, and other outdoor needs, as well as anything you need for the garage or shed. This includes tools and home improvement needs.
  • Storage needs, such as trunks, cabinets, and totes.
  • Baby shower and/or other event needs.
  • Items for a young adult child who is moving out on his or her own for the first time, or going away to college.
  • Baby needs for you or someone else.
  • Craft supplies.

There may be other things as well, depending on your needs.

How much can you save shopping at yard sales?

I would say anywhere 75 to 95 percent per item, or more, though it can very. Nicer neighborhoods might be more, or places where people really need the money.


  • Ask for a lower price when buying a lot from one person.
  • If you are good at dickering, you might be able to get people to come down on prices.
  • Combine yard sales with thrift stores and dollar stores to save even more. You might not be able to find everything you’ll need at yard sales, so the more options you have the better. Once you’ve saved as much as you can, you’ll feel better about paying full price for the other items.
  • Clean out your trunk and back seat before leaving on a yard sale trip.
  • Pack a lunch and some drinks, and stop for a picnic somewhere along the way.

If you have any yard sale, thrift store, or dollar store shopping tips, please share.



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