The best deals you can find at yard sales are on clothes. Compared to most other yard sale fodder, clothing are among the least expensive items and in the best condition. That means you get more bang for your buck.
Even better, most fashions you find at yard sales aren’t necessarily out of style. Sure they might be a few years old, but unless you are completely on top of the trends, buying your clothing at a yard sale isn’t exactly a fashion faux pas.
Deal or not, we have some tips and reminders for buyers as they sort through the racks of clothing at their neighborhood yard sales.
- CHECK THE CONDITION: Check for tears, holes and stains. Also check along the seams of clothes to see if they have split. In pants, don’t forget to check the pockets for holes.
- SMELL IT: We’re quite picky about how our clothes smell, so we always take a whiff of any clothes we’re buying at a yard sale. If it smells smokey, mothbally or animaly, we usually pass it up. (We also smell furniture for the same reason!)
- SIZE IT: Remember nearly all the clothes at a yard sale have already been laundered. They might very well fit a bit more snug than something directly from a store. On the flip side, you will know that the clothes your getting won’t shrink any more. If you can try it on and it fits, then it’s not going to change. (We advise you not to try on anything that would require you to disrobe, even if they offer a changing area.)
- CHANGE ITS FUNCTION: When you look at some piece of clothing at a yard sale, remember that you can use it in a slightly different way than it was intended. Would a that shirt look better as an underlayer? Can you cut that skirt into a scarf or headwrap? Could you turn those jeans into cutoffs?
- COSTUME: If you’re thinking far enough ahead, you might be able to hunt down clothes for use in a Halloween costume. Also, yard sales are a great place to go shopping for that mid-December Ugly Sweater Party. You can also use yard sales to stock up on items for your kids’ dress-up play.
- FOR THE KIDS: Buying yard-sale clothes for your kids can be huge help to your budget. Because kids grow so fast most kids clothes have very little wear and tear to them.
- GO CRAZY: When you’re at a full-priced retail store, you tend to buy clothes made of fabrics that you are familiar with, in colors you love and with comfortable designs. When you go yard sale shopping, you certainly can keep buying the same styles, but we suggest you use yard sales to experiment with all of these fashion choices. Pick up a few colors you don’t usually wear. Go ahead and buy that sweater made out of strange animal hair. Buy a design you’re sure you’ll hate. Maybe you’ll end up liking it!
- WHEN YOU GET HOME: Throw those clothes right into the wash. Don’t waste any time doing it. Chances are the previous owner had them washed too, but this will help erase any doubts you may have.