For those of you wondering what it takes to hunt down the best deals on Saturdays, this post is for you.
It begins with searching through all the Craigslist ads for garage sales in my target areas on Friday. This can take a while if there are a lot, which there were this weekend. I pick out all the sales I want to go to and email them to myself. I then use MapQuest to make my yard sale route. There are many factors which go into making the route. Many sales have different start times although most begin at 8am some don’t start until Noon. The most important thing to do is figure out where to go first, and how early. This is part luck and part experience. If you know things to look for in craigslist ads, you know what to avoid as well. I also recognize dealers addresses trying to pass off their yard sales as estate sales so I know not to go there. I factor in all the start times which sometimes, including this week means I have to circle back due to late start takes. This is very frustrating. When I am finally done making the MapQuest route, I copy and paste the addresses and print them. From there I double check late Friday night again to see what new sales are listed. There are always late posters on Friday night. I pen those in on my printed list, if they are worth going to. I also pen in start and end times as well a a few key words to remind me what it is and what I am looking for.
All of this takes a few hours but there is no avoiding it and in the end the extra work pays off. This is what the final product looks like before I go to bed. Which I am going to now. Goodnight.
whoah! you’re a pro, I usually just pick 4 or 5 in an area of a couple towns and freestyle anything else along the way.. we can be gone for four to five hours…you must use the whole day. Can’t wait to see your finds. I’m hitting one estate sale and one yard sale…and whatever is in between. Good Luck.
On my way out the door its 6:25am, hopefully its a good day! Yes its a whole day affair for me and then some. When i am done with sales I drive to the auction house which is 35 minutes from my house to drop off the items which are not ebay worthy. Long long day, but I wouldnt have it any other way 🙂
You inspired this post before I left…
Preparation pays off. best of luck today 🙂