Don't you hate hearing about a great garage sale after it ends, especially an unlisted one? I do. After all, the more sales you attend, the better your chances of getting the good stuff. Here are the five best ways to find yard sales in your area:
Find Yard Sales on Craigslist
If your city is big enough to have its own Craigslist page (or if you live in the suburb of one that does), that's usually where you'll find the most garage and yard sale listings.
Craigslist lets sellers advertise yard sales for free and post photos of the merchandise.
Finding garage sales on Craigslist is easy. Go to the main Craigslist page, and then find your city page using the options in column on the far right. Then, click on "garage sale" under the "for sale" heading in the center of the page.
If your city has lots of sales, you can even search the Craigslist garage sale listings for mentions of specific neighborhoods or merchandise types.
Check the Newspaper Classified Listings
If your town is too small for Craigslist, your local newspaper is the prime place to find upcoming yard sales. Most papers have a designated section in the classifieds just for garage sale listings.
Even if your city has Craigslist, you should still check the newspaper classifieds too. You will see some duplicates, but you'll probably find exclusive listings too. Computer-savvy folks aren't the only ones who hold yard sales.
If you plan your sale route in advance (and you should), here's how to find garage sales in your newspaper as early as possible:
- Check for an online version of your newspaper's classifieds. You may be able to view the listings the night before they run, or even a few days in advance.
- If you prefer print, call the newspaper to ask how early the paper is available and where you can get it. Mine hits the downtown streets around midnight the night before.
Watch for Yard Sale Signs
Keep an eye out for garage sale signs for sales that aren't already on your shopping route. When you see one, make a detour and go to it.
If it's not on your list, there's a good chance the seller didn't place any ads. Unadvertised garage sales don't get as many shoppers. Fewer shoppers mean you have a better shot at finding something good. Some of my best finds (at the cheapest prices) came from unlisted yard sales.
You're most likely to see yard sale signs on big streets and busy intersections. You may also see signs for unlisted sales near the homes of advertised sales, especially in non-Craigslist towns. Sellers too frugal to pay for their own listings sometimes throw a sale together when someone else on their street places an ad.
Join Facebook Online Yard Sale Groups
You probably know that Facebook is used for more than just keeping up with people you know. But, did you know you can use Facebook to find local yard sales?
Some of the Facebook online yard sale groups are essentially virtual yard sales where you buy and sell items on the groups' pages. But, lots of those also let you list your real-life yard sales. Other groups are created just for listing upcoming local yard sales.
To find groups for your area, enter your neighborhood, county, or city name combined with online garage sale, online yard sale, or resale into the Facebook search bar. Try different combinations to find lots of groups to join. Even if your town is tiny, there's probably more than one group.
Use Yard Sale Websites and Apps
Don’t rely solely on the listings generated by garage sale websites and apps, but do check them. You might find a few sales that aren't listed elsewhere. Good options include Yard Sale Search, GSalr, Garage Sales Tracker, Garage Sale Finder, and Garage Sale Hunter.
Check for local listings on EstateSales.net as well, and then narrow it down to those being held by individuals rather than companies. Professional estate liquidators typically know what things are worth and price them accordingly.
At some (though certainly not all) DIY estate sales, the pricing is similar to yard sale pricing.