5 Ways to Get a Good Bargain at a Garage Sale

Let’s face it—who doesn’t love snagging a good deal? Whether it’s a discount on your coffee or a discount on your groceries, it doesn’t matter. The fact of the matter is that people love saving money. If you’re a budget-smart adult, you probably already know about the money-saving possibilities that can be found at a garage sale. While these goods are typically already well-priced, there’s some simple ways that you can save even more money when you’re shopping. It may take a little perseverance and a few uncomfortable feelings, but by sticking to your guns and keeping these negotiation tips in mind, you’ll be well on your way to saving a few extra dollars on your next trip.

Bring Small Change

Put yourself in a seller’s shoes. If someone came up trying to talk down a $20 price tag to $10, but then offered you a $20 bill to pay for the goods, you’d probably be annoyed, right? That’s why it’s so important to bring small change with you to garage sales so that you can be polite and courteous when trying to negotiate. Plus, there will be plenty of other people at the sale with large bills who will need change back, so a seller will welcome any small change that they can get their hands on.

Ask for a Bulk Discount

Buying in bulk is a great way to save money at grocery stores and it’s a great way to save money at a yard sale. While it’s true that many people hold yard sales to make a few extra bucks, you should keep in mind the fact that they’re selling goods they’re trying to get rid of. As such, if you offer to take a good amount and mix of their items, they may be willing to give you a discount on the whole purchase. Before you ask, be sure to have a fair number in mind in case they ask what you’re willing to pay.

Consider Going Toward the End of the Sale

While you might not be able to score the best finds at a yard sale by waiting until the ending hours, you will be more likely to score a deal. By the end of their yard sale, sellers typically just want to get rid of whatever they have left. As such, they may be more likely to offer you a discount.

Be Kind in Pointing Out Flaws

Pointing out general wear and tear on an item can be an effective way at negotiating a price down if you do it politely. No one wants to hear how crappy their items for sale may be, and you’ll want to tread lightly as the item for sale may have sentimental value to the seller. Be kind in saying that you’ll need to find replacement parts or do a cleaning on an item to work the price down.

Be Reasonable

You run the risk of insulting the seller and turning them off from making a deal with you if you give them a low-ball offer on their goods. Try to not go above 20-30% of a discount. Sometimes, it works best to ask them what the “best price” they can give you on an item may be. That way, they dictate the terms and you don’t have to worry about insulting them


By keeping these five tips in mind, you can potentially save a significant amount of money next time you go to a yard sale. Good luck!