photo credit: John Beagle
I love the thrill of the hunt at garage sales and estate sales. I love it when I can find things I need for my family or my home at a fraction of the price.
With the high cost of gas, the days of just driving around looking for garage sales are gone. Fortunately, there are several great websites to help you find the best secondhand sales in your area.
Check out these sites and map your way to savings:
Garage Sales Tracker. This site allows you to search for garage sales, flea markets, and consignment shops by city or state. There’s even a free iPhone app that uses your phone’s GPS feature to help you find sales wherever you are and plan your bargain hunting trip.
EstateSales.org Estate sales are one of the best ways to find secondhand furniture and housewares at great prices. This site helps you find those sales. Sign up for e-mail notices for advance notice of the sales in your area.
Craigslist. Visit your local community for garage sale listings or just to find used items at great prices without having to drive around.
Consignment Mommies. If you have kids, you are already well aware of the constant churn of clothing and toys moving through your house as your children grow. Consignment Mommies helps you find both seasonal sales and consignment shops that sell quality used children’s items.
Book Sale Manager. If you love owning books but hate paying full price, you’ll want to check out Book Sale Manager. This site helps you find used book sales in your area. You can receive e-mail notices of sales near you and have the book sale info sent to your GPS so that you can easily find it.
The Thrift Shopper. This site has an extensive list of charity-run thrift stores. Use it to find secondhand shops near you that contribute to great causes.
Newspapers. Newspapers are still a favorite place to find garage sale listings. Pick up a copy of your local newspaper (or visit your newspaper’s website) on the weekends and then grab a map to plan your route. Really frugal?
Buying things secondhand is a great way to stretch your money and help the environment. Just be sure to be strategic about your shopping and you’ll reap the rewards.