Let Yard Sale Season Commence! 10 Tips for Buyers.

Hampton Cove subdivision in east Huntsville.
Hampton Cove subdivision in east Huntsville.
I woke up early on Saturday for a very big event in town…Hampton Cove was having its yard sale!

Hampton Cove is a very nice subdivision on the east side of Huntsville, over Monte Sano Mountain.

I borrowed Lefty’s black Nissan truck and headed for town.

There were a lot of people who came to the sell, but it wasn't too crowded, and I always found a parking space.
There were a lot of people who came to the sell, but it wasn’t too crowded, and I always found a parking space.

I saw everything from leaf shredders, to foosball tables, to lamps, and everything in between. Not to mention, clothes, clothes, and more clothes.

My favorite find:  a Battenburg Lace table cloth!
My favorite find: a Battenburg Lace table cloth!

I am listing my 10 best tips and yard sale-ing etiquette:

  1. Stay off the homeowner’s grass. Remember what Mama taught you about that. (Especially don’t drive on someone’s lawn!)
  2. Remember what Mama taught about the Golden Rule? It still counts with yard sale-ing.

    I know that yard sale finds are exciting, but try not to get all Christmas-in-the-80s-Cabbage-Patch-Kid-crazy and start a fight over that Precious Moments figurine.

  3. Be fair with your negotiations. If something seems to be worth $10, go ahead and shell it out.
  4. Be safe. Again, I know that a yard sale is like a treasure hunt, but keep safety in mind. Drive and park safely so that there won’t be trips to the emergency room.
  5. Be safe Part II. Don’t get so excited that you trip over a neighbor’s curb or fall down a hill. This is another way to prevent trips to the ER and will go a long way to keeping humiliation at bay.
  6. On that note…Long ago, when I was in high school, my 10th grade teacher passed along a maxim from her mother: “Maintain your dignity.”
  7. If you see cute kids and teens selling lemonade, snacks, or sodas, by all means–encourage the young entrepreneurs! The sweetest 9-year-old girl with adorable freckles sold me some snack crackers. I was long over-due for a snack, and her endearing smile made it all worthwhile!
  8. On the same note, over-pay the kids. If a child is selling something–like lemonade, toys or whatever, I wouldn’t haggle with them. Some of them are even saving up for something special like camp.
  9. Use cash. Unless I’m purchasing a big-ticket item, I try to pay in cash. Two reasons: it will keep your spending in check and it will let you give the sellers “real money.”
  10. Remember your clutter pile. (Or clutter piles, in my case.) Before I left for the sale, I promised Lefty that I would think long and hard before I bought anything. We’re bustin’ at the seams with blessings, in our house.
White house where I found my Battenburg Lace table cloth for $10.
White house where I found my Battenburg Lace table cloth for $10.

Here’s a special shout-out for all of the nice people, both sellers and buyers, that I met at the Hampton Cove yard sale! Hi!

I really like this home.
I really like this home.

What do you think? If you have any additional tips, we’d love to hear about them!

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Yard-salers

Antique radio.
Antique radio.
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Old barn on Hampton Cove's golf course.  The HC course is part of the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail.  I recently wrote an article about it in "Life in Hampton Cove."
Old barn on Hampton Cove’s golf course. The HC course is part of the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail. I recently wrote an article about it in “Life in Hampton Cove.”

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This lady was uber-organized!
This lady was uber-organized!
This guy came away with a truck-load of good stuff.
This guy came away with a truck-load of good stuff.
I may make a Pin out of these cute sayings.
I may make a Pin out of these cute sayings.

Here is what I bought:

My Battenburg Lace table cloth at home.
My Battenburg Table cloth at home.
Look at this outfit that I put together.  It probably cost me less than $5!
Look at this outfit that I put together. It probably cost me less than $5!
My favorite book and flash cards for Princess Buttercup.  I think I paid $1 for both.
My favorite book and flash cards for Princess Buttercup. I think I paid $1 for both.
More of my table cloth.
More of my table cloth.
The focal point on my table cloth.
The focal point on my table cloth.

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