Sadly though, I have already seen and heard things at these sales that have made my eyebrows shoot up into my hairline! It seems we sometimes forget our manners (oops!) at these sales.
I hold a garage sale almost every year, so I have some experience with a few of the social niceties that a seller appreciates. Hopefully these suggestions will make your garage sale day fun and stress-free!
Short and sweet, here is the list I've compiled:
2. Leave your pet at home. If you think this rule doesn't apply to you, this rule is for YOU. The homeowner may have their own pets (friendly or unfriendly) or children that may be fearful of animals, people are allergic, etc., etc.
This way there are no issues and trust me, you'll want your hands free for shopping anyway!
3. If the price is fair, pay it. Price negotiations are for items that are truly priced too high. It is not for beating a little old lady up over a dollar. Or a QUARTER (yes, this has happened to me). REALLY PEOPLE???
This looks particularly bad if you are carrying around, say, a Starbucks Caffe Latte!
4. If you think everything at a sale is priced too high, just get in your car and move along to the next sale. It is not your place to "educate" or comment on pricing. If they want your opinion (they don't) they'll ask you (they won't).
There will be other garage sales. With AWESOME pricing. I promise.
5. Carry plenty of cash. You never know when you will find a great, large ticket item and you just cannot expect people to accept your personal check.
6. Pay attention to sale hours. If a sale doesn't start until 9 a.m., don't stand on your best friend's shoulders to peek in the garage window. Even if the garage doors are open, just wait in the car. If they are ok with you shopping early, they'll wave you in.
Some of my best, most unique antiques have come from garage sales-they can be a GREAT source. So be considerate, plan ahead, and have fun. Remember, "You catch more bees with honey than with vinegar".