Whether you’re thrifty and you need some new stuff but you don’t want to spend a fortune, or you just like treasure hunting, garage sales can be great for finding items on sale. From clothing to antiques, and vinyl records to children’s toys; there are many amazing things that can be unearthed at local garage sales. Because those who host these events are looking to lighten their load and simply want to get rid of belongings, you can find great deals on some pretty incredible items. Seriously, you’d be amazed by the items that you can score at a garage sale.
How Do I Find Local Garage Sales?
People have been hosting garage sales for a long time. It used to be that the only way you could find a garage sale was either by driving around aimlessly and spotting some, or maybe from an ad in a local newspaper. Thanks to the advent of the internet, however, today, there are so many more ways that you can find garage sales quickly and easily. You also don’t have to invest a lot of your time and energy to find them!
Here are some of the top ways that 21st-century thrift shoppers can find garage sales in their local areas.
Check out Craigslist
If you’ve never heard of it before, Craiglist is a classified ad site. You can find a wide range of advertisements posted on the site, including garage sales and estate sales. To find garage sales that are happening in your local area, simply head to the site, navigate to your location, and search “garage sales”.
Read through the listings, click on the map to find the location of the garage sales, and if there are any photos included with the ad, check them out, too.
Another great tool that you can use to find garage sales in your local area is Facebook Marketplace. Facebook Marketplace is essentially Facebook’s version of Craigslist. It’s easy to use and offers a more personal experience. Marketplace ads are usually associated with real user profiles, so there’s also less of a stigma. Additionally, it’s easier to verify the validity of the poster’s ID to ensure that they are who they say they are and that the event they posted is real.
Garage sale websites
Because garage sales are so popular, there are entire websites that are dedicated to locating local garage sales. For example, Garage Sale Finder, YardSales.net, Yard Sale Search, and Garage Sales Tracker. Head to these sites, provide the requested information and search around to see what you can find.
Local newspapers still remain a valuable resource for finding garage sales in your area. Check out the classified section of your town or city’s local paper. This can help you see if any garage sales in your local area will be coming up.
Take a drive
Just like newspapers, driving around has always been an effective way to find garage sales. Head to residential areas and see if you can spot any signs posted on street lamps, street signs, or anywhere else.
Check out grocery stores
Another great place to look for garage sales near you is at your local grocery stores. Most supermarkets feature display areas where people can post their ads, including garage sale advertisements.
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