9 Tips for Finding Treasure at End of the Summer Yard Sales

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If your Labor day weekend plans include hitting up all of the end of the summer yard sales in your area, make sure you head to them prepared. After all, you are going so that you can find  treasures, at a good price, that you can turn into new items or resale for a profit. Start your yard sale hunt by figuring out exactly what you are looking for. Is there a specific item that you need for your house or are you just looking from something valuable that you can get at a good price and sell? You should also plan to start your day early. Many of the good items will go at the beginning of a sale, although there isn’t any harm in going back at the end of the day as well. Sellers will often let things go at a lower price when their sale is nearing the end. Moving sales are also a great place to get good deals as most people would rather get rid of items then move them. Make sure you are prepared to transport any items that you buy. This could mean having a large enough vehicle or even bubble wrap or newspaper for those fragile items you might discover. Don’t dismiss an item because it is broken. Many things can be easily fixed or transformed into something new. Your smartphone is also a great tool in helping to determine if an item is worth buying. You can look up values online to know if you are getting a good deal. Don’t just blindly head out to a neighborhood this weekend, hoping your will find the treasure of a lifetime. There is always that chance, but by doing a little bit of planning and prep you can ensure your treasure hunt is fun and time well spent.

‘Tis the season to comb through your neighbor’s castoffs. As the summer heats up, so does the yard sale trade: During the peak months of July and August, Americans host some 300,000 yard sales each week, says Mike Judkins, co-founder of Treasure Listings, Inc. While even savvy shoppers probably won’t score finds like a $3 bowl that’s worth $2 million, or a $2 Picasso painting worth a potential fortune there are still plenty of deals to be had.

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