Wednesday, June 20, 2012

American Express, Yard Sale Chic

Folks, the weather's heating up and summer's here! And you know what that means, right? Yard sales. Yesss! I Like having them and going to them. They're even better than thrift stores because there's lots of negotiating room. Plus it's just plain ol' fun to socialize with people you may not otherwise.
Here I am at my favorite blue wall, with my favorite yard sale-ing dress, and my new favorite carry all, a vintage American Express bag. I got it  a couple weeks back guessed it, a yard sale. I didn't have to pull out an American Express card to buy it either, just 50 cents. I mostly plan on using it for groceries, the farmers market and who knows, maybe an overnight trip.

As the weekend approaches, I hope you get a chance to stop by a sale or two, you never know what you might find.

These are my top 10 yard sale tips:

1. The early bird gets the worm!

2. Leave your luxury car at home.

3. Don't be afraid to dig - that's how you find the good stuff.

4. Wear comfy clothes.

5. Try to have exact change or small bills.

6. Make a pile of items and decide ahead of time what you're willing to pay for the whole lot, that way you can negotiate a better price.

7...but if the price seems fair, just pay it.

8. Check DVD's, CD's, to make sure the contents match the cover. Check zippers and buttons on clothes, ask to plug in electronics.

9. If you buy a large item and have to leave it for pick up later, take a piece of it with you, such as a drawer from a dresser, or railing from a bed, that way it'll be incomplete and harder to sell to another person in your absence.

10. Leave your American Express card (not bag) at home. You wont need it!



  1. These pictures make me wish I was wearing an orange dress just like yours and walking along that blue wall with you. ;) I could maybe carry a United Airlines bag. With a bright yellow bird on it. haha
    You look fantastic in that dress!

    1. Joni, find your AA bag and let's jet off somewhere...preferably somewhere that requires a passport. LOL!

  2. What a pretty dress Sheila! Personally, I like going to yard sales, but I am way too shy to ever try to get a different price. And I tried to host my first garage sale last year. I hated it and made my sister do it for me. LOL Great deal on the bag though!

    1. Awww Fannie Pantz, don't be shy. You'd be surprised at how willing people are to make a deal.

  3. You look gorgeous. Seriously, that dress is such an amazing color on you. And that blue wall in the background? Amazing!

    1. Thanks Gracey. That building sticks out like a sore thumb because no others look like it at all, but it's perfect for photographing. I hope they never paint it.

  4. first--LOVE the dress--so breezy and cool!!
    And an Amen to yard sales!! LOVE them!! I'm so good now i can cruise by to see if it's worth stopping--lotsa kiddy toys and clothes??? I just keep on going... i like yard sales in older neighborhoods

    1. Oh Tamera, I can tell you're a pro. I do the same thing!

  5. We've only attempted garage saling once this summer and after reading your tips, I now realize that it was too late in the day to find any bargains. I know when we last had a garage sale that a couple showed up at the last minute and purchased an entire table of clothing for teenaged girls from us for the bargain price of $10. I love your hair!

  6. Thanks Terri. I thought I'd try a side ponytail, but I'm not sure it's evident in the photo.
    What a deal you gave them. The end of the day is a good time too, because people are tired and just want to get rid of stuff.

  7. I love yard sales too! And the bit of advice you gave about taking a piece of a larger item with you after your purchase is great advice. A woman who owns a furniture thrift store in my area told me the same thing. She said she picks up a lot of stuff from the side of the road and if she finds that she's in a vehicle that won't allow her to take the whole thing she will usually take some part of it. For dressers, she said take the drawers. If it's a couch or chair, take the cushions. 9 times out of 10, people driving by will not want these items if they find that they are missing parts.

  8. Hey Daisha how ya been? I'm coming over to see you right now.

  9. You look wonderful, I like your jewelry... the dress and color looks great on you!

    1. Thanks 5th and 6th. You two always look so current and trendy.

  10. Great yard sale tips. I used to be a regular, but have slowed down this summer. That doesn't mean I won't be out there again soon, treasure hunting. You are the picture of summer in your blue dress with bag next to your favorite blue wall

    1. That wall reminds me of a Carribean island. It's the only building in town that color and sticks out like a sore thumb, but it's great for photos!

  11. I love yard sales. The thrill of the hunt for treasure!

    1. I know what you mean. I can just feel the anticipation when I pull up to a good one.

  12. I love yard sales I haven't ventured out to a good one in about over a year! And, how cute is your AE bag! :D

    1. Thanks Lynn. Lord knows I don't need another reusable grocery bag but it has a 70's look to me and I just couldn't pass it up.

  13. Thanks for commenting on my blog!

    I actually never considered checking out yard sales for clothes. But wow, you get some great deals. I cannot believe you got that bag for 50 cents! I'm going to have to watch out for yard sales this summer season.

  14. Yes, Christina, given them a try. You'll be amazed! But mostly it's the thrill of the hunt!

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