How to Shop a Garage Sale
7 tips from interior designer Eddie Ross
Yes, you can totally score big at a yard sale. But before you find that treasure, you’re going to have to sift through a bunch of dusty paperbacks, creepy kids’ toys and old blenders.
Luckily, interior designer Eddie Ross has the whole thing down to a fine art. In his new book, Modern Mix, he offers up these seven tips for finding stylish vintage pieces no matter where you go.
You know how you used to go trick-or-treating at the fanciest neighborhood in town to get the best candy? The same concept goes for garage sales. Stick with older, upscale neighborhoods to nab high-end antiques.
Stop at the bank for small bills before hunting for treasures. (Unlike Crate and Barrel, your neighbor down the block probably doesn’t take AmEx.)
You’re not at a sample sale; you’re at someone’s home, so be respectful of the lawn, pets and kids. No one wants to end up on Judge Judy.
CHAT IT UP
Strike up a conversation about those copper bowls you like with the seller. If she knows you’re interested (and friendly), she might offer you a deal.
ASK FOR MORE
Sellers don’t always put their prime pieces out from the start, so politely ask if there might be anything else for sale that you haven’t seen yet.
The last hour of a garage sale is all about getting rid of the stuff that didn’t sell, so show up right before the seller is getting ready to pack up to score the best deals.