Bargain hunting is something that lots of people love to do. That’s because it saves them lots of money. There is a statement that another person’s trash is another person’s treasure. This statement is very true and comes into effect when you’re looking for a great bargain. Bargains can be found at flea markets, second hand stores and garage sales. All three are something that I love and always will. But in order to actually get a bargain, you need make some preparations first.
Bargain Tip #1- Measurements
You should have all the measurements wrote down in a small notepad that you carry around with you. If you want a table, but have no idea what kind of table you want that’s okay. Measure the space and write down how big you can go. Write down anything else that you might need. If you’re looking for new curtains then write down how long and wide they should be. Write these down in a small notebook and carry around a small tape measure when your bargain hunting.
Bargain Tip #2- Stock your Car
You should have a bag in your car or a backpack in your car with some essential items. These items will be for what ever you might purchase. Inside this bag should be an old blanket in case you purchase something fragile. There should be an old rag or duster so you can wipe anything down quickly to help keep the dirt and grim out of your car. You should have a bungee cord or two inside this bag to help tie things down. Rope and twine is also idea for tying things down. You should also have a multi headed screwdriver as well incase things are big and need to be taken apart.
Bargain Tip #3- Get there early
Shopping early means you get the best selection. Going later can mean you get better deals though. If you find something that is out of your price range then grab your trusty notebook and write it down. Write down the price, what the item is and its location. Come back at the end of the day and ask if they want to lower the price. They are more apt to lowing the price at the end of the day just to get rid of the item.
Bargain Tip #4- The Way you Dress
You should not wear your best outfit when your bargain hunting. You should wear normal everyday clothes. Don’t wear your favorite pieces of jewelry either. You don’t want to go bargain hunting looking like your some rich person. Sellers will look at you as a person when you’re asking them to come down on the price. If you’re dressed all flashy they will not budge on the price because they will think you can afford more. So leave the flashy items at home, this isn’t the time for them.
Bargain Tip #5- Keep small bills
You need to have smaller bills on you when your bargain hunting. This way you can use this to your advantage. If you see something that is marked $13, you can pull out a $10 bill and let the seller know you want that item but all you have is a 10 dollar bill, they will give it to you. If you are out there looking for higher priced items then place higher bills in one part of your wallet and smaller bills in another part. Never pull out all your money when your bargain hunting or you might not get a good bargain.