How to Become a Garage Sale Shopping Pro

How to Become a Garage Sale Shopping Pro

 

The most important ability one must master to become a true garage sale shopping professional is the ability to negotiate. Like any skill, it takes time and determination to master the art of garage sale shopping. Some tips to help you become a master garage sale negotiator are to follow below.

Let’s say you wake up one morning and realize you need a writing desk in your living room; your budget is tight though, or maybe you prefer the character of used furniture to the new furniture you would find at your run of the mill Ikea store. Well, it sounds like it’s time to hit your small-town garage sales. There are tons of places to find used furniture in OC.

The first tip, don’t wear your nicest clothes to the sale. If you want to find the perfect piece of used furniture you must remember, don’t wear anything even remotely expensive. When you walk up the drive, ready to hunt for that picture-perfect writing desk you woke up itching for, you don’t want to look like you have money to blow. The garage sale host will be analyzing everyone that shops at their humble abode. You don’t want them buzzing around while you’re trying to make your first big find because they noticed your Michael Kors watch. Also, once you do find something that really catches your eye you’ll have more haggle power if they don’t automatically assume you are in a position to pay top dollar.

Tip number two, strike up a conversation with the host at the appropriate time. Timing is everything when it comes to small-town yard sales. Have a look around while maintaining an air of polite nonverbal body language and then once you know what you want, go in for the kill. Approach the host with a smile and a polite greeting. Remember all of these things were once loved possessions, complimenting their great taste will make them feel warmly towards you. Even go so far as to inquire about how their day is going. Mention you hope the sale goes well for them. Then compliment the item you would like to buy. Let’s say you found that perfect piece of used furniture, a writing desk that would fit great in your home. Now, this part is important, don’t overstate your desire to own faultless writing desk. Just mention that you like it and might be interested. This leads us into the third tip, don’t be the first to throw out a price.

A smart garage sale host won’t give you a price, they’ll ask you want you think it’s worth. That way you may potentially offer more than they would have asked for it. Do not be fooled by this trickery, instead ask them what an item like this is worth? This will put the ball in your court because they may offer less than you were originally thinking or you can always then take that opportunity to throw out a price you would genuinely be comfortable with. There may come a time where a price cannot be agreed upon. This can be very upsetting. You’ve now found this amazing piece of used furniture, you can already picture it in your home, but it’s out of reach price-wise.

This leads us to our fourth and final tip, you must always be willing to walk away. The willingness to walk away will solidify your buying power. The perfect piece of used furniture isn’t perfect if the price isn’t right.

One of my favorite spots to find used furniture is at Creative Office Design. You can find them at the address below:

Creative Office Design
15440 Laguna Canyon Rd. Suite 120
Irvine, CA 92618
714-328-7627

You Don’t Know You Need It Until You Do

You Don’t Know You Need It Until You Do

There are things in life that we all take for granted. Those seemingly little things that we don’t give much thought to until we no longer have them or they stop working and all of a sudden they begin to dominate our lives. When this happens we instantly look to the best people around to help us get things working again. Let’s look at a few examples:

Our Health

Our health is a classic one. You never realize how much you take your health for granted until you are sick. As soon as you get sick, you instantly realize how nice it is to be healthy and you begin to do whatever you need to do to get healthy again. Whether that is visiting a doctor, eating better, or simply resting. Then naturally, as soon as we get healthy, we tend to take it for granted again. So, don’t let that happen to you today. Consider this your reminder that being healthy is something we should be thankful for and take full advantage of!

The Internet

This is a big one. If you are at work (or at home) and the internet goes out, our lives seem to come to a halt. We don’t realize just how much of our time and our activity is dependent on the internet. From texting and talking to friends, to sending emails, to working with online software and games, to streaming Netflix or Hulu. So much of what we do is tied to the internet. It is really amazing considering just a few decades ago the internet as we know it didn’t exist!

Water

Water is obviously something that we all know we need, but we often take for granted just how easy and convenient it is for us to access clean, fresh water. I certainly took this for granted until I visited some very impoverished countries in Africa. In some areas that I visited water was not a guarantee. Here in my home, I know that I can turn on the sink and have fresh drinking water, or turn on the shower and wash, run the washing machine and have clean clothes, or even just flush the toilet! In many places though, they don’t have these luxuries. After I returned home, one of my most treasured “luxuries” was being able to have a hot shower whenever I wanted.

Electricity

Electricity is our last one for today. Just like water, it is one of those things that you don’t realize you need until you don’t have it anymore and so much of our life depends on it. Earlier we looked at how important the Internet is to us, well, just think that even the Internet is dependent upon electricity. If the electricity goes out, not only do we not have the internet, but we don’t have any lights, TV’s, computers, or appliances! This happened to our office the other week which is what inspired this article. I took electricity for granted, and as soon as it went out I needed to find the best electrician to help us get back and running as soon as possible. And boy did I! I’ve got their information at the bottom of this article and I would highly recommend them. They got out to our offices right away and got us up and running again quickly.

Bonus Electricity

If you drive an electric vehicle as I do, you never know when you will need a car charger. I found this out the hard way when I got home with my new car and didn’t have any place to charge it. I needed someone to come out and do an electric car charger installation for me right away, otherwise, I wouldn’t be able to drive to work the next day! Fortunately, those same guys were able to help me out and got me and my car set up and ready to go!

This whole process has made me a lot more thankful for some of the things I have and I hope this article can help you feel a little more thankful as well!

If you need an electrician, you should check these guys out:

The Tradesman Electrician
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688
(949) 378-8334