Kincaid has a wants and needs list that she brings with her to sales.
"They're hit or miss. It all depends on what people donate. With church sales, they're pretty well priced," Heiska said. "It's usually going for a cause. The money you spend is being put to good use.
On the other hand, if there is only one card table set up, people are going to pass on it.
Kincaid considers herself a professional garage sale shopper.
"It was a long distance move gone bad, and we lost everything in that move," she said.
"I buy whatever catches my eye," she said.
"You can buy brand new things for pennies on the dollar," Kincaid said.
She said movers destroyed their belongings. Their newly built home sat empty.
It took her a couple of months worth of sales to fill her house, and she hasn't stopped since.
Garage sales, yard sales and flea markets can provide hidden and affordable treasures. And searching through sales for just the right item can be addicting for some.
For good selection, it's good to hit them early. "However, the seller probably won't bargain as much early in the day. Later in the afternoon, the bargaining ball is in the buyer's court," she said.
Shelley Kincaid recalled getting out of a moving car one time when she saw four Persian rugs on the lawn of a woman's garage sale. Kincaid, who is also an interior designer, said she knew they were Baluchi rugs and were selling for $15 each. Kincaid bought all four for $60. She brought them to her favorite rug dealer and sold them to him for $1,200."It pays to be an educated consumer," she said. Before then, she had never been to garages sales.
Her brother and his fiancee were planning a large wedding. They were smarting after paying $500 for their wedding cake. Heiska's future sister in law had asked her to find a cake topper at a garage sale.
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priced way too high because the stuff wouldn't still be there," Kincaid said.
"My rule of thumb is half. I'll offer them half of what the price is marked," she said.
"I decided that everything in my home I would buy from garage sales," she said.
"Professionals are called dealers. These people make a very handsome living. I'm a professional because I have made a living on this," she said.
But three years ago, Heiska was on a mission.
The next weekend, Heiska found a brand new Mickey and Minnie Mouse cake topper for 50 cents."It worked perfectly because they were going to Disney World for their honeymoon," she said.
From March to November, she goes out each Saturday to as many garage sales as she can. She reads newspapers and checks Nike Zoom Run The One Pink online for church sales.
PricingKincaid compiled a pricing guide based on her experiences so she knows what items go for. She said it helps sellers price their items and buyers with their bargaining power.
She said negotiating on price depends on what the item is. For example, if a new toaster is selling for $7, Kincaid said she can probably get $5 for it.
Good, Bad And Ugly Garage SalesA drive by can tell shoppers a lot about garage sales, especially if they are looking to hit several in one day.
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At the same time if the price is right, she'll pay it. She found a Bombay chest with inlay for $15 and gladly paid the asking price. She later had it appraised for $1,200."Most people expect when you're hosting a sale for people to bargain with you," Kincaid said.
"Kincaid said she's found that because people donate items, the merchandise is not as high quality. She cautioned that it's usually buyer beware with electronics at those sales because there's no place to plug them in and test them.
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