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

Chiropractic Care & Neurology? Makes Perfect Sense

Welcome to the SB Business Journal where we highlight businesses and only focus on solid facts. Our goal is to dive into the meat of businesses, cutting out the fluff, and finding out just how good they really are and if they deserve your business.

This week we are focusing on Neural FX Chiropractic Kalapp Health, chiropractors that are based in San Bernardino County.

Neural FX Chiropractic specializes in Chiropractic Neurology which combines chiropractic care, neurology, and physical rehabilitation. They work with patients who are dealing with sports injuries, chronic pain, head injuries, balance problems, developmental disorders, concentration difficulty, and anxiety disorders to name a few.

They claim that they are able to diagnose the levels where the problems are occurring and then reconnect the bodily structures and functions that  allow the human body to function in a symptom-free, healthy state. They also claim that you will be greeted by a friendly staff. Let’s dive in and see what real people with real experience have said about their experience with Neural FX Chiropractic and if their claims about themselves hold up.

Greeted By Friendly Staff

“The ladies in the office where very nice and professional.” -Charlene

“Dr. Kalapp is also one of the kindest people I know and I would trust him and recommend him to anyone!” – Anita

“…they have amazing staff that cater to your every need with a smile!!” – Fernando, Rancho Cucamonga

“And he has the most awesome staff, I don’t think I have a word to say how good I feel when I walk in his office and they treat you like family.” – Elizabeth, Rancho Cucamonga

Our Take Away: After a thorough review of client reports it is easy to see that Neural FX Chiropractic does in fact have amazing staff and that you are greeted with a friendly smile.

That is nice and all, but let’s dive into the real issue here, do their services actually help people? It is one thing to be greeted by a smile, it is another to walk out of their office pain free.

Allow The Human Body To Function In A Symptom-Free, Healthy State

“Urgent care doctor told her it was a muscle spasm but after meeting with Dr. Kalapp and finding out what was wrong…he did an adjustment and laser on her back and she actually felt better right away.” – Charlene

“I cannot express how much my pain has subsided since I’ve started treatment here and I couldn’t be happier with how fast this treatment has changed my life…” – Fernando, Rancho Cucamonga

“…this guy makes me feel better and allows me to move again, so I can keep doing what I love, teaching jiu-jitsu.” – Tom

“I came here on a last minute ; I need to be adjusted!!!’ After 4 months of back pain. I was fixed in a snap and a pop and now feel great!” – Sal, Rancho Cucamonga

Our Take Away: After our review we literally could not find a single negative one. Every reports a fantastic experience and that they are feeling better after they have visited Dr. Kalapp and his associates.

We not only can substantiate their claims, but we also can highly recommend Neural FX Chiropractic to you.

Accidents Happen – Be Resourceful

What is life if its not trying to get through it with as few accidents as possible. Accidents happen to us all both big a small and every size in between. Some accidents have little consequence while others can be fairly large. The ramifications can hurt physically, emotionally, mentally, or monetarily. Typically, ramifications are some combination of any of those or even all of them. So what are you doing to prepare? Sure there are plenty of preventative things you can do that may minimize the risk of an accident or at least the severity of it. Wear a helmet, stay indoors more often, doomsday prep maybe? Whatever the preventative measure, it will not eliminate accidents from your life. So how are you preparing for them?

Be resourceful! Know where to look when something happens. Are you insured? Is your car, your house, your life? Do you have a savings? All standard things that keep the whole ship from sinking should some major accident come crashing through the roof or through that red light. So what happens when damages from an accident are beyond repair? What happens when they can be repaired but its not going your way? When your insurance preparations don’t work they way they should, then what?

Be resourceful! Luckily for you reading this blog, we are resourceful too! We like to bring the facts of local businesses that can help you be resourceful. So what are we talking about here. Accident law firms or as many call them, personal injury attorneys. We can guess your first thought… There Are So Many! How do you pick a good one? How do you know when you should find one? We asked ourselves the same questions so we could report to you on our findings. Here they are!

If you are anywhere in the Southern California area we have just the firm for you! They are extremely well reviewed in the area and they have an excellent team with some amazing experience. They cover most personal injury situations involving any moving vehicle or aircraft as well as assault and brain injury. If you have been a car accident, chances are you would be better off with the best car accidents attorneys in town. These lawyers have a ten score on Avvo and have earned the Super Lawyer rating for 2018. If that’s not enough, there are plenty case studies and testimonials all over their website. If you want to look at some of their reviews, you can look at the platform of your choice but we recommend checking out their Yelp profile. Its pretty stellar!

https://www.yelp.com/biz/guldjian-fasel-accident-attorneys-costa-mesa

So, the next an accident happens to you, once you get past the initial “Why me!?” question we all ask ourselves, remember that you are resourceful and have the ability to mitigate some major damages from an accident and in some cases even end up better off than when you started. Alas, here is the firms information for your records!

Guildjan & Fasel APC

Address600 Anton Blvd #1700, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Hours

Open 24 hours
Until next highlight, Stay resourceful!

Don’t Be Uncertain, Be Insured

Safety and security are important to us as human beings. The more things we earn in life, the more we want to protect whats ours and not lose what we’ve gained. This very mindset led us to birth an industry that is now one of the biggest in the world. Insurance. Good ol insurance that we have all come to love and hate depending on the situation and the insurance service you are using. With such a booming industry, many companies were founded all trying to be a little different by providing better insurance with more coverage at better rates. You’d think the competition would make for a buyers market right? Well since insurance is all but required to be a functioning citizen, insurance companies have an advantage. They get to compete with each other to an extent but they know the demand will never get too low. Where has this led us? Into a world where 4 or 5 big companies that all have appealing rates with less coverage seem to be the only options. 

People are getting tired of being left with only the big companies that seem to offer “free” benefits yet the premiums increase. Instead, people are willing to lose some of the benefits for cheaper coverage.

“In J.D. Power’s 2017 U.S. Insurance Shopping Study, price has become a more influential factor in brand consideration and quoting, surpassing the importance of a good past service experience. For small insurers to compete with their larger competitors, some of the lowest rates can be found with the lesser-known and smaller companies. And while these smaller companies may not be able to offer all the frills and extra benefits of the larger companies, with less overhead, they may be in position to offer lower rates.”

While this new trend has opened the door for smaller insurance companies to flourish, it has also flooded the market with options and options and more options. There are only so many benefits that a small insurance company can offer and only at so low of rates. Luckily for the consumer, this makes client agent interaction become more important. People want to be insured by someone they feel they can trust. So where do you start searching?

As much of our readership is in Southern California, we recommend starting at Chrysalis Insurance Agency. They are an established agency that is owned by a family that’s been in business long enough to make you feel comfortable. They can cover almost any of your insurance needs and make sure your plan is tailored just for you. They cover all kinds of insurance like business, auto, drone, life, and full home insurance in Newport Beach! Yes even for the multi-million dollar houses.

So start your search! Start where you want of course. If you do start at Chrysalis, you may find that your search will be pretty short.

Chrysalis Insurance Agency

Address3001 Red Hill Ave Suite 2-226, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Open ⋅ Closes 5PM