Don’t spend big bucks on kitchen supplies

Posted by on November 14, 2012 in For sellers, Tips

While the outdoor yard sale season is mostly over, thrifty shoppers are likely to find reason to go on the hunt again in the coming weeks.

You can find replacement pieces to your damaged cookware at yard sales, flea markets, antique stores and economy stores. Sometimes you can even find matching pieces to help make a holiday meal even more fancy.

You can blame Thanksgiving on that.

You see, this is the time of year when folks start their preparations for their biggest meal of the year and discover something is amiss in the kitchen.

It’s also the time when they realize they’re missing a few things. Maybe they broke the lid to that fancy, family heirloom dish. Perhaps they realize they don’t have the right attachment to their Kitchen Aid mixer. Or maybe they just want to find a new centerpiece for the dining room table.

A savvy shopper can hunt all of those things down locally, without resorting to buying them online or at full retail price.

Instead, the Yard Sale Secrets team suggests you:

  • Check out the sparse yard sale listings posted in the classified ads. Since there’s no weather guarantees at this point in the year, most “yard sales” are actually church sales where a lot of people donate to benefit the church. This means you can dig up some vintage kitchen items here and there. It also is not uncommon to find some now-unique holiday decorating items that can fill your kitsch-quota.
  • Drop by a few antique stores. Most antique stores carry a lot of collectible kitchen items and you can often find replacement pieces. Aside from shopping for some much-needed kitchenware, you might even spot a perfect Christmas gift for a loved one — or something you can put on your own wish list!
  • Make regular visits to your local economy stores. While some people are uncomfortable shopping at the Salvation Army or Goodwill, you can typically breeze through the stores in ten minutes — especially if you’re not clothes shopping. Decent dishware is often plentiful at economy stores, but even better you can often find older countertop appliances — from food processors to popcorn poppers — that are super cheap. You can buy a replacement appliance or an extra one just to help you speed up your preparation time. Heck, we’ve even bought a mixer to assemble a particularly sticky meal (one that made peanut butter even more sticky) and simply threw it out when we were done. No painstaking clean-up required!
  • Flea markets are your friend. Even though the weather isn’t great for outdoor flea markets, most also have indoor areas as well. After you’ve taken inventory on your kitchen-and-holiday needs, check in to your local flea market and see what they can do to help. Many, of course, have local fruits, veggies and meats. You can also buy baked goods, too. Aside from actual food, you’re likely to find a reseller who’s offering must-have items like new baking tins, measuring spoons, utensils and a variety of other items that you can use once and toss in the trash.


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