Yard Sale Season Plan of Attack

May 05

Yard Sale Season Plan of Attack

Yard sales are going on full force now that spring is here. The weather isn’t too hot yet here in Texas and it’s been fairly pleasant to be outside. The spring and summer slump has hit our eBay sales, however, and while that’s not good news it does mean that it’s time to think about inventory and stocking up for fourth quarter.

Most yard sales happen on Friday and Saturdays. Not all of them are listed online – I came across three last year just on a ride to the book sale at the Library on a Saturday morning. But by using some technology I can best plan out which yard sales to hit and the best way to get to them. I want to use my time efficiently.

My favorite tool to use is Yard Sale Treasure Map. This was a website, and you can still access the old site but it’s not working. It’s now an app on Itunes and Android. I can use the app to find the sales happening near me on Saturday – it pulls from Craigslist listings – and make a route to follow. If I find out about other sales that aren’t listed within the app, I can add them to my route. You can search for Saturday sales and make a route for free, but there’s a subscription of $1.99 for the year if you want to search for other days. It’s $2 for a year! It’s worth it to find the sales nearby and have the capability to map a route all in one app.

yard sale close by

yard sale route






I also find out about sales on local Facebook buy / sell groups. These groups are great for selling large items like furniture or cars, but they’re also great for finding out about yard sales near me. To find a group near you, search on Facebook for Your City Name + Yard Sale or Marketplace or Buy and Sell. There are several in San Antonio but I’ve joined two that are near me. If you live in a large city, it’s helpful to do that so that you’re not driving to a place an hour away.

The easiest way to find yard sales, though, is to just drive through a subdivision near our home. If we see some furniture or other neat things, we may stop, but if we just see a lot of baby things we don’t. That’s not what we’re looking for.

I also like to browse estatesales.net to find out if any sales are happening nearby. If it’s something I’m interesting in, I may go. You never know what you may find at an estate sale. The site is free to use and you can filter out by distance and type of sale.

estate sale map

Our spring and summer will definitely be busy, but I’m looking forward to making the most of this yard sale season.

Are you looking forward to yard sales and estate sales? Let me know in the comments or get in touch on Facebook or Twitter.



One comment

  1. Oooh garage sale season is so exciting. As a vintage shop owner, the thrill of the hunt is my favorite part. Snagging good deals on furniture and toys is always good too. I’m a big fan of estatesales.net too! I’ve found lots of great treasures there recently.

    I’ve never heard of that app! I’m definitely downloading it today. There is also another great app called Garage Sale Rover that I love.

    Great tips! Happy hunting! 😀

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