Tips For Shopping Yard Sales


The summer is approaching fast; which means sunscreen, cold drinks, ice cream, swimming, camping, and yard sales are on the horizon. My love for shopping at yard sales is only natural since I’m always on the hunt for the best second-hand stores. However, I realize that shopping at yard sales is not for everyone… so here are seven quick tips for getting the most out of yard sale experience.

Finding a Yard Sale:It always seems that you see a yard sale sign one week too late. So to avoid this problem, stake out all the local yard sales ahead of time. Here are few spots you can check – Classifieds section in your local newspaper, local community bulletin boards/websites,, church notes in your local paper (great spot to find info on a church yard sale), and signs/posters on street intersections.

Timing It Right: Most, if not all yard sales take place on Saturday morning. The earlier you get there the better the pickings will be. However, you don’t want to arrive hours early and annoy the yard sale host. Your chance of getting a good deal will dwindle quickly if you’re sitting on their grass stalking their goods like a hawk.

Know What You’re Looking For: If you’re looking for children’s clothing/toys, you wouldn’t shop at a retirement community yard sale; would you?.Or if you were looking for high-end shoes, you wouldn’t shop at a yard sale located in a poverty stricken neighborhood… Bottom line is – be smart and think about what you’re looking for. Using this tactic will help you narrow down your amount of stops and reduce your gas milage.

Dress Correctly: Don’t show-up to a yard sale with your high heels on. Wear the right clothing and the right shoes to maximize your time and save your nice clothing. The last thing you want is to be slipping all over a wet lawn because you wore flip flops. Or ruin your white pants from carrying a dirty vintage chest you found. Wearing sneakers or closed toed shoes is your best bet to avoid sand, dust, wetness and critters from getting in your way of a bargain.

Come Prepared: Shopping at a yard sale is nothing like shopping at Macy’s. You need to be prepared with cash and not just a $100 bill. Bring $1’s, $5,s, $10’s and $20’s. Being prepared will help get you the best deal possible.

Negotiate First: My first question to any host is “what do you want for this”? By asking them first you’re able to see what they really want for the item and negotiate from there.

Shop Quality: Just because you’re shopping at a yard sale doesn’t mean you should buy junk. Look at items thoroughly and know that you most likely can not return the item.

Happy hunting!

My Vintage Find

The Salvation Army in Redding, CA proved to be a solid one. I got a chance to do a quick 5 minute hunt before they closed up shop for the night. Even though it was only 5 minutes, of course I found something I had to have needed. The only problem is, I’m beginning to run out of space on my side of the truck for any additional clothes (sigh)…Click here for the story behind the truck! With limited space in tow, I still bought it because I had to have something to blog about 😉 😉

Here it is… a vintage California top purchased for just $3. Great for hot New England summer nights!

Since I’m not yet back in New England, I thought I would show it off in the town of Mt. Shasta, our home for the night.



After a fun night in town modeling my new shirt we spent the morning hiking around Mt. Shasta!
Mt. Shasta is a beautiful mountain! We did a small hike up to the snow fields, which was really cool! If you’re in the area, I highly suggest a visit!

I love buying items from the Salvation Army because my money helps people in need. Which is always good thing 🙂

Have a great Memorial Day Weekend!


This week has been fabulous! Jeb and I have been visiting with my cousin, Eric, and his beautiful family in Woodside, CA. My sister also came out from Boston to join the adventure.
From spa visits to wine tastings, we have been doing it all. One place we ventured to during our stay was a glorious place called Filoli. Filoli is an historic site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and one of the finest remaining country estates of the early 20th century. It is beautiful!!!









My favorite photo of the day… My little cousin, Kylie, running around in her big hat!


To learn more about this place click here.

This place is as amazing as it looks! It’s 30 minutes south of San Francisco, so if you’re in the area, check it out.

Have a good day!