Best Bets for Sept. 19-20

There’s slim pickings in the yard sale advertising this week, but we’ll still point out the best bets of the week.

Of course, you’ve got to check the weather first. Our forecasts are suggesting a thunderstorm is possible on Friday. Get the up-to-date details on the weekend weather from our pals at The York Dispatch.

GROUP YARD SALES

  • YORK: Check out 54 years of accumulation at 3505 Raintree Road. Friday and Saturday.
  • SPHILOH FARMS:Follow Poplars to Farmstead Way just past American Legion. Friday and Saturday.
  • SHILOH: Start your community yard sale experience at 2066 Winding Road. Friday and Saturday.
  • MOUNT WOLF: Check out the sales in the borough. Friday and Saturday.
  • NEAR I-83: Check out the community yard sales at Cantebury and Arsenal roads. Friday and Saturday.
  • WEST YORK: The folks at Lincoln Ridge Apartments, 1 Lark Circle, are planning sales. Friday and Saturday.
  • Did we miss some? Check out the listings!

SOUNDS INTERESTING

  • Look for “Occupied Japan” items, paper weights, banks and art at 231 Hill Street. Friday and Saturday
  • St. Paul’s Red Run UCC is hosting its 6th annual yard sale at 6623 Davidsburg Road. They promise more than 20 vendors. Saturday only.
  • A promise of “old military” items will bring some people out to 6287 Thomson Court near the York Airport. Friday and Saturday.
  • Lots of hunting supplies are available at 85 Sunset Dr. in Manchester, Saturday only.
  • The sale at 735 Kelly Drive promises “mugs, mugs, mugs.” Friday and Saturday.

For more on these yard sales as well as the complete list, check out The York Dispatch classifieds.

CHECK OUT THE APP

Yard Sale Secrets, in conjunction with The York Dispatch and the York Newspaper Co., now has a yard sale app for iPhone and Android phones. The app helps you locate all the yard sales advertised on MediaOnePa, which includes sites in York, Hanover, Chambersburg and Lebanon. Zip to the bottom of this page for a link to the app.

TWITTER

Yep, the Yard Sale Secrets has adopted Twitter. We might only use it sporadically, but we welcome you to join us. We especially hope to use it on Saturdays (and some Fridays) when we are out on the road. Join Yard Sale Secrets on Twitter now!

MORE YARD SALE INFORMATION

Got a question for us here at Yard Sale Secrets? Or, even better, a great tip on selling or buying? Then leave a comment for us and we’ll respond in an upcoming post. We love to hear from other yard sale fanatics!

YOUR WEEKEND MISSION

If you’re hosting a yard sale this weekend, take some pictures of your event set up. We would love to see it. If you’re heading out to some sales, lets see some pictures of your loot! E-mail them to jsimcoe@yorkdispatch.com for inclusion in an upcoming Yard Sale Secrets post.

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Best Bets for Aug 22-23

There’s slim pickings in the yard sale advertising this week, but we’ll still point out the best bets of the week.

Of course, you’ve got to check the weather first. Our forecasts are suggesting a thunderstorm is possible on Friday. Get the up-to-date details on the weekend weather from our pals at The York Dispatch.

GROUP YARD SALES

  • DOVER: Two families band together for a sale featurin antiques, children’s items and household stuff. Friday and Saturday.
  • SPRING GROVE: If you’re into toys and kids clothes, the multi-family sale at 396 Old Hanover Rd is for you. Thursday through Saturday.
  • YORK: Start your community yard sale experience at 518 Middleview Dr. Friday and Saturday.
  • NEAR YORK HOSPITAL: Check out the sales on Stratford Road and in the Springdale. Saturday only for Stratford Road. Friday and Saturday for Springdale.
  • YORK: Check out the multi-family sale at 15 Bluestone Road. Friday and Saturday.
  • Did we miss some? Check out the listings!

SOUNDS INTERESTING

  • If you’re expecting, then find some baby items at 2330 Wyndhurst Court in York. Friday and Saturday.
  • How about a hobby horse? Or a train set? Or a sewing machine? Get one at the sales on Latimer St in York. Thursday through Saturday.
  • Lots of hunting supplies are available at a Fawn Grove yard sale at 373 Deer Road. Thursday and Friday.

For more on these yard sales as well as the complete list, check out The York Dispatch classifieds.

CHECK OUT THE APP

Yard Sale Secrets, in conjunction with The York Dispatch and the York Newspaper Co., now has a yard sale app for iPhone and Android phones. The app helps you locate all the yard sales advertised on MediaOnePa, which includes sites in York, Hanover, Chambersburg and Lebanon. Zip to the bottom of this page for a link to the app.

TWITTER

Yep, the Yard Sale Secrets has adopted Twitter. We might only use it sporadically, but we welcome you to join us. We especially hope to use it on Saturdays (and some Fridays) when we are out on the road. Join Yard Sale Secrets on Twitter now!

MORE YARD SALE INFORMATION

Got a question for us here at Yard Sale Secrets? Or, even better, a great tip on selling or buying? Then leave a comment for us and we’ll respond in an upcoming post. We love to hear from other yard sale fanatics!

YOUR WEEKEND MISSION

If you’re hosting a yard sale this weekend, take some pictures of your event set up. We would love to see it. If you’re heading out to some sales, lets see some pictures of your loot! E-mail them to jsimcoe@yorkdispatch.com for inclusion in an upcoming Yard Sale Secrets post.

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Strike a deal at that yard sale

Get ready to fill your trunk with a weekend of yard sale haggling.

Get ready to fill your trunk with a weekend of yard sale haggling.

A while back, we wrote about getting the best deal at yard sales, and since that time we’ve learned a few things. Here at Yard Sale Secrets, we are all about learning everything we can about our chosen profession. Its our goal to spread that deal-making prowess to you.

We looked at haggling tips from around the Internet and have a few ideas to offer you that weren’t included on our original tip sheet.

In this article, we found some great bonus tips about the “art of the deal”:

  • WANT A DISCOUNT? JUST ASK – Whether you’re at a antique store, flea market or yard sale, simply asking to take a little off the price works. After all, vendors want money more than they want that item. At many antique stores there’s an understanding that most buyers can get a 10 percent discount if they just ask.
  • FIND THE FLAWS – Without being a jerk about it, check out your item and point out any problems it has to the seller. Then ask if they’ll take a little off. It usually works.
  • ASK, AND THEN SHUT UP – Once you make an offer, clam up. Don’t say a thing. Let an uncomfortable silence sit between you and the other guy. This practically forces them to respond, and usually in your favor.

Moving on, we liked the seller-based tips in this article, from the always informative Best Garage Sale Tips:

  • MAKE YOUR LOW-PRICED ITEMS FIRM – Don’t let people waste your time haggling over $2 or less items. Post a sign that says “Items at $2 or less are our bottom line prices.” This encourages people to buy up and haggle over your high-end items and smooths out the rest of the process.
  • POINT OUT SIMILAR ITEMS – When someone wants to buy an item and asks for a discount, point out similar or associated items that can go with it.  For example, they want to buy a $20 power tool for $15. You say, “How about I give you it, plus this extra battery pack for $25.” With a little more haggling, you might end up selling both.
  • WHEN HAGGLING ISN’T HAGGLING AT ALL – Definitely look at this list for tricks some sneaky buyers will try to pull.

Over at a site called Garage Sale Coach, there’s some another helpful tip:

  • GO WITH THE BASICS – When you pick up that awesome, name brand items with all sorts of bells and whistles, don’t say “How much is this 2012 Model XL Powerscore Food Processor and its 12 attachments?” Instead, you just need to ask “How much is this appliance?” By asking about it in the most basic terminology, you devalue it.
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Get your Garage Sale Kit

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review's Garage Sale Kit offers tips and printable signs. Maybe we should do something like that.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review’s Garage Sale Kit offers tips and printable signs. Maybe we should do something like that.

We love it when other newspapers get involved in the Yard Sale tips game as well.

The folks over at the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review assembled a great PDF to help organize your yard sale.

It has oodles of tips, printable signs and even a guide to haggling.

Here’s the link: https://classifieds.triblive.com/garagesalekit.pdf

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Best Bets for July 11-12

Here we are in the middle of summer, and where are the yard sales? York County, that’s where! Check below for some of the best the area has to offer.

There’s a chance of thunderstorms on Friday and Saturday afternoons. Get the up-to-date details on the weekend weather from our pals at The York Dispatch.

GROUP YARD SALES

  • PINE SPRINGS: A development sale ad advises us to “use 111 Farmview Drive, 17408 for GPS.” Friday and Saturday.
  • RED LION: A multi-family sale off Kenyon Drive. Thursday through Saturday
  • STEWARTSTOWN: Another multi-family sale at 18370 Webb Road, east of Stewartstown, has “guns and man stuff” Friday and Saturday.
  • SPRY: More multi-family sale action at 2720 Ironstone Hill Road. Thursday through Saturday.
  • Even more, there’s more multi-family sales too. Check out the listings!

SOUNDS INTERESTING

  • The Wrightsville Historical Museum, at 309 Locust Street is hosting a sale. They promise books, games and household items. What no Civil War-era heirlooms? Oh well, it will be worth it anyway.
  • Get all the test answers right at a sale at 350 S. Pleasant Ave in Dallastown, where they’re offering teacher’s books. They also have a portable generator. After this week, a few more of us want one of those.
  • Boys young and old will delight in the offerings at 2434 Crystal Lane in the Haines Acres area. They’re selling Many different nerf guns and accessories… Transformers … light sabers and various other toys.”
  • Buy a “grandmother clock” and a curio cabinet at 130 Evergreen Lane near Briarwood Golf Course.

For more on these yard sales as well as the complete list, check out The York Dispatch classifieds.

CHECK OUT THE APP

Yard Sale Secrets, in conjunction with The York Dispatch and the York Newspaper Co., now has a yard sale app for iPhone and Android phones. The app helps you locate all the yard sales advertised on MediaOnePa, which includes sites in York, Hanover, Chambersburg and Lebanon. Zip to the bottom of this page for a link to the app.

TWITTER

Yep, the Yard Sale Secrets has adopted Twitter. We might only use it sporadically, but we welcome you to join us. We especially hope to use it on Saturdays (and some Fridays) when we are out on the road. Join Yard Sale Secrets on Twitter now!

MORE YARD SALE INFORMATION

Got a question for us here at Yard Sale Secrets? Or, even better, a great tip on selling or buying? Then leave a comment for us and we’ll respond in an upcoming post. We love to hear from other yard sale fanatics!

YOUR WEEKEND MISSION

If you’re hosting a yard sale this weekend, take some pictures of your event set up. We would love to see it. If you’re heading out to some sales, lets see some pictures of your loot! E-mail them to jsimcoe@yorkdispatch.com for inclusion in an upcoming Yard Sale Secrets post.

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Stock up with some extras at yard sales

Use  yard sales to stock up on supplies for camping trips or even extra household items. (Photo via Flickr.com from Steve Cadman)

Use yard sales to stock up on supplies for camping trips or even extra household items. (Photo via Flickr.com from Steve Cadman)

Yard sales are great for finding stuff you don’t have, but they can also help you get back-up supplies for things you already have too.

Let’s say you like to go camping. You don’t want to have to unpack your dishes or equipment every time you come back from the woods, so that’s why you have things like mess kits, crank flashlights and camp shovels. And what better way to stock up on all those duplicate supplies than checking out some yard sales.

CAMPING: As we mentioned, it’s best to keep your camping supplies and your regular-life supplies separate.

  • At the yard sale, look for: Portable dishware, foldable chairs, sealable water jugs, coolers, gently used tents, sleeping bags, tarps.

UPSTAIRS/DOWNSTAIRS: It can be a pain to have to go upstairs for everyday items, like the tape dispenser or scissors. Why not pick some of those supplies at the yard sale.

  • At the yard sale, look for: Office supplies to use at home, vacuum cleaner, brooms, hammers, screwdrivers.

SUITCASE: Some things you can’t leave home without. Having spares pre-packed in your suitcase can help make sure you never forget them.

  • At the yard sale, look for: Alarm clocks, lint rollers (unused of course), hand mirrors, full-size notepads, carrying cases of all kinds to separate your items, a good book.

IN EVERY CAR: Buying supplies for in the car is normally an impulse purchase, but you might find everything you need at a yard sale.

  • At the yard sale, look for: Window scrapers, pre-made emergency kits, jumper cables, a trunk storage case, coolers, a good book (to read in a massive traffic jam), cell phone supplies, first aid kit, window screens, no-electricity games for kids.

THE SHED: Sure, you use your shed to store your lawn mower, but wouldn’t it be easier to keep some household items there as well?

  • At the yard sale, look for: A roll of heavy duty tape, hammers, screwdrivers, tree saw, extra empty garbage can or similar container, garbage bags, rain coats, umbrellas, extension cords, light bulbs, twine, exclusively outdoor toys for kids and pets.

GROSS STUFF: You have nice stuff, and sometimes you don’t want to get that stuff dirty for one reason or another. Maybe you’re painting or expecting to get terribly muddy. Designate a storage area for items you plan to use once and then throw out.

  • At the yard sale, look for: Scissors, items to make into rags, tarps, hooded coats, gloves, broom, mops, buckets, shoes, paintbrushes.
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