Find garage sales in Raleigh, Durham, and other parts of the Triangle on gsalr.com. You’ll find a map there and will be able to move around and focus on the areas that you’d like to search. The map will be more populated when it’s closer to the weekend. You can add your yard sale to the map as well.
You are also welcome to share your yard sale on Triangle on the Cheap Community Facebook Group.
You might also be interested in our list of thrift stores, vintage shops, consignment stores and more in the Triangle. We also have a list of used bikes and sports equipment stores in the Triangle.
Top 10 Tips for Finding Hidden Gems at Great Prices at Garage sales
Arrive Early and Plan Your Route
You know what they say about the early worm? There are a lot of early worms at garage sales. You’ll see them waiting by the curb until they have the go-ahead to shop. It seems extreme, but it’s how you land the best finds. That said, at the end of the day, sellers will most likely be very open to letting their items go for much less. You won’t have as much to choose from, but you never know — you might find what you need.
Look for Signs of Quality
Check carefully for well-made items, sturdy construction, and high-quality materials. These items are likely to last longer and provide better value for your money. Check seams. See what kind of wood furniture is made from and how the pieces are joined together.
Don’t Be Afraid to Dig
Don’t be afraid to dig through boxes and piles of items. Hidden treasures can often be found buried beneath the surface. Take your time and be thorough in your search. You might want to wear gloves to protect your hands.
Check for Brand Names and Labels
Check for brand names and labels on items, especially if you’re planning to resell items. Brand name items can almost always be resold for a higher price. Look for popular brands in clothing, electronics, and household items.
What to Bring
Bring a magnifying glass to examine items closely. This can help you identify small details and markings that may affect an item’s value. This is especially the case with antique or vintage items. Bring cash, in small denominations, in case the seller doesn’t have enough change. Bring water and sunscreen.
Keep an Eye Out for Unusual Items
Keep an eye out for unusual items that may be worth more than their asking price. But think beyond “value” when you find unique items. You may have just stumbled upon something that you’ll enjoy for years…or at least get a good laugh from.
Ask Questions and Negotiate
Don’t be afraid to ask questions about items or negotiate prices. Sellers are often willing to negotiate, especially if they are eager to get rid of items toward the end of the sale. That said, be respectful. Remember, what just looks like junk on a table might be an item from the seller’s family, or something special that belonged to the seller’s child. People need to get rid of belongings for all kinds of reasons but that doesn’t mean that those items don’t have sentimental value to them.
An effective negotiation technique is to ask to bundle items, rather than to ask get prices lowered on one item. It’s a win-win if you want both items.
Know Your Prices and Values
Know the prices and values of items before you go shopping. This will help you identify good deals and avoid overpaying for items. While you’re at the sale you can be checking prices on eBay. Also, know what your limit is for spending on any particular item.
Look for Multi-Family Sales
Look for multi-family sales, which will have a wider variety of items for sale. It’s more efficient for you to shop at one big multi-family or community sale than to drive to several smaller sales.
Be Open-minded and Creative
Be open-minded and creative when searching for hidden gems. Look for items that can be repurposed or up-cycled.
More Markets in the Triangle
Check out big day-by-day list of markets in the Triangle, or look at a few of them here: