Shopping for Antiques at Garage Sales

Yard Sale Shopping
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A good number of antique hounds don't believe you can find anything worthwhile at garage sales, and maybe you'll admit falling into that rut a time or two yourself. It can be frustrating to pick through sale after sale in a driveway or garage and never go home with something special.

However, just when antiquers think they'll never find another collectible at a bargain yardsale price, something pops up to change their minds. Whether you're looking for trash to treasure makeover projects or something to sell so you can keep on shopping, persistence definitely pays off.

Examples of Success

Shopping a series of neighborhood sales just miles from home one Saturday morning, a shopper reported finding a brand-new designer snakeskin purse from the 1970s for $1 and a shiny 1950s aluminum two-piece cake carrier with a black plastic handle in excellent condition for $3. Those both went home with her.

Another garage sale just blocks away yielded a set of six small Fostoria American oyster cocktail goblets and another set of eight tulip-shaped fountain glasses with the Jeanette Glass Company mark on the base for just $2 per set. These normally sell for about $5 to $15 per piece, so they were excellent finds.

Last but not least, this thrifty buyer found a 1960s ceramic Santa Claus planter for $1.50. After spending a couple of fun hours browsing secondhand wares and spending less than $10, she came home feeling really good about the way she spent her morning, and she had some nice goods to show for it.

Your mileage may vary, as they say, but there are still some great finds out there. You may strike out a time or two before you hit the mother load. The next time you're up early on a Saturday morning and the weather is nice, venture out to see what you can find—chances are you'll be pleasantly surprised.