It’s Saturday morning. I wake up after getting under attack. I still can see the face of my opponent but I can hear him scream his rage out loud. I see all kind of colors in front of me and everything is going so fast I think I better fight back before it’s too late. My son is playing dinosaur rumble in my bed and it is getting pretty ugly! At the same moment, I can hear people working outside. I lift up the curtain and put my glasses on: they are preparing for another kind of war; Garage Sale!
This phenomenon is creating great interest for me since I love shopping. In
Ads in the newspaper, balloons, people on the corner of the street directing you; sometimes I believe I’m going to see The Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre! But beware; dinosaur rumble is nothing compared to the Garage Sale Rumble! Some people have really good stuff to sell at a very low price while others are ready to do anything to get what they are looking for. I’m telling you, human beings are not far from the beast!
Make a list of what you are looking for
There are now too many people in the street that it is preferable that you walk instead of driving. Therefore, you are more limited in term of time/distance. You need to establish your priority and start looking for them. While there is good stuff to buy, there is also a lot of things that should never leave some people’s basement. If you take the time to look around, you will never end-up buying what you are looking for.
Determine a budget and bring cash
An easy trick to make sure that you are not wasting your money around is to forget your check book and only bring cash. Anyway, in negotiation, cash is king, especially when you are dealing on the corner of the street!
Don’t be afraid to negotiate
When people are selling their “old” stuff it is because they don’t see a big value into those things. So what you think is a great deal and exactly what you were looking for is just something gathering dust in somebody else basement. I remember that I bought a $4000 marble table with Italian leather chair for only $600.
The guy I bought it from was probably 30-32 and had for $300,000 in cars in his driveway (and I’m not talking about his house). So what was the most amazing deal I ever found for a kitchen table was actually keeping one of his cars away from his garage!
Since we have kids, I am trying to buy more used stuff for two reasons. The first one is that it cost way much less and the second one is to give our Earth a little break 😉
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