In the great battle of “where to get a good deal,” most frugal suburbanites know about the great deals that can be found at yard sales and at thrift shops. But which one is better?
Of course, the answer likely depends on where you live, what your neighborhood is like, and what kind of city you live in. It also depends on how much time you would like to invest in the search. Yard sales are seasonal and often only take place on the weekends, while thrift shops are open during most business hours.
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Let’s let the facts speak for themselves:
Since yard sales are seasonal, you can sometimes luck into a great deal. Hard to find old editions of books for pennies on the dollar, and off-season equipment like hockey equipment and snow shovels can be found for a steal. However, sometimes the owner is a little too attached and can keep the prices far too high.
Looking for something in particular? Here is a list of items that are most often best purchased at yard sales:
Very large pieces of furniture
You can’t mention thrift shops anymore without referencing DJ Mackelmore’s famous “Thrift Shop” video. Do you agree with him? Can you not beat the deals there? While thrift shops can often have more variety than the average yard sale, you’re also stuck with more conventional pricing methods and not as much wiggle room when it comes to finding a bargain.
However, thrift shops really win when it comes to variety and selection because they have established sections that are always stocked — probably because the last stop of someone hosting a yard sale is donating all of the leftovers to a thrift shop.
Here’s a list of the best deals to seek out at a thrift shop:
Silverware and kitchen utensils
Regardless of which type of shopping you prefer, purchasing goods at yard sales and thrift shops will both save you tons of money over retail stores — sometimes even over discount or outlet stores!
Do you prefer yard sales or thrift shops? Which do you think carries better deals?