For several years of my life, I would wake on Saturday morning, grab my coffee and head out the door with my newspaper in one hand and my keys in the other. I had already circled the GOOD SALES in the paper and I carefully laid out the direction to what garage and yard sales that I wanted to hit. Sometimes I returned home with a trunk full of treasures. Sometimes I returned empty-handed.
But, I don’t do that much anymore. If fact, I think I only stopped at one garage sale this past summer. Sometimes they can be worthwhile, especially neighborhood sales, which makes it easier to shop at multiple sales. But most of the time I don’t think they are worth my time. Rummage sales, on the other hand, are the bomb! I’ve discovered over the years that these are much better than yard sales.
Why? Let me tell you.
- Rummage sales have more stuff. I know STUFF doesn’t sound great but let’s be honest, if you’ve ever looked through used items whether at a flea market, yard sale or whatever, you’ll find some true treasures and…well…junk. STUFF that you have to sift through. But even so, rummage sales are usually put together by a group of people and they don’t just have one table, sometimes they have multiple rooms full of STUFF. I have been known to go to some of the really large sales with a list, and have been able to find what I’m looking for!
- Prices are usually lower. Now this isn’t always the case, it depends who prices the items. But generally the volunteers who price items will price it to sell. Organizations do not want to have leftovers when the sale is over that they have to get rid of. The other reason that the prices are usually lower is because the volunteers don’t have an attachment to the item. Did you get that? Unlike a yard sale where a woman is selling her baby’s outgrown clothes (sniff!), the volunteer sees the item for what it is, not for any sentimental value.
- Rummage sales are usually dependable. For many civic organizations that utilize rummage sales, I can almost plan for when they will hold them. Once you’re familiar with organizations that hold them, you can look on their websites close to when you expect their sales to be. Some churches even hold them twice a year.
- Organizations usually hold sales for a good cause. I love that my money will help with a youth group, mission trip, or to support a civic organization. I feel like I’m practicing good stewardship by reusing items that someone else no longer wants and helping someone at the same time. I often will give more money than I’m charged if I like the cause, not to mention that sometimes they price items so low that I feel guilty paying so little.
- Rummage sales are events. Many churches will hold sales in conjunction with other events. But even if they don’t, I have gone to them with my friends and daughters and we have a good time. It’s one stop shopping, instead of getting in and out of the car at every sale and sometimes wasting time going to sales that aren’t worth it.
So there you have it. I usually find rummage sales by checking the Bulletin Board or Local Happenings pages of newspapers online, occasionally checking the classifieds of the paper, a church paper that lists all the fairs each summer, Craigslist, or other online sites dedicated to sales.