I have this yard sale fantasy. I pull up to a yard sale where someone is selling the contents of a home, and within the piles of kitchen items I find a Le Creuset Dutch Oven that has cooked many batches of stew over its lifetime but is still in excellent condition. The price tag says $20. I don’t even try to haggle because I know I’m getting a great deal. I hand over my $20 and hightail it out of there before someone offers $40 for it.


Tomorrow, I’ll be hitting my first town-wide yard sale of the season, and while chances are I won’t be coming home with a Le Creuset Dutch Oven, it could happen. A girl’s gotta have dreams, right?


If you’re hitting the front yards and garages of your neighborhood this weekend looking for some bargains, read this advice first.


  • There are plenty of items that it’s wise to stay away from, advises Time. Topping the list are things that could give you bed bugs (used mattresses) and things that are really gross (again, used mattresses).
  • There’s advice from a seasoned yard sale buyer and a seasoned yard sale seller on The Daily Journal. Both have this advice in common: haggling is allowed.
  • You’ll have to wait until the end of next month for this event, but the World’s Widest Yardsale (not to be confused with the world's longest) will run for more than 350 miles along U.S. Hwy. 80 from Phenix City to Cuba in Alabama. Al.com has the details about the event that starts May 31.
  • Finally, if I’ve got you interested in finding some bargains this weekend, but you don’t know of any yard sales in your area, try Yard Sale Search or Garage Sales Tracker to locate yard sales.

Happy hunting!

Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

Walk right by that mattress at the yard sale and other thrifty advice
This weekend, before you head out to the neighborhood yard sales, read up on these tips to help you find the right buys and avoid the wrong ones.