We really couldn’t ask for better weather in Dayton this week. Today was humid, but definitely nice outside and not hot at all. I had plans this morning to do something fun with Dylan in Springboro (secret surprise for a future blog post!), but of course, I forgot my iPhone and had nothing to document our outing with, so it was kind of a bust. I realized it once I was already in Springboro, but I was near some residential areas, so I decided to be spontaneous and drop into some garage sales.
I grew up going to garage sales a LOT and always thought they were so much fun! Now that I’m a mom myself, I can totally understand why my mom loved shopping at them so much. You’re always likely to find toys, clothes and miscellaneous things for dirt cheap! It’s great to save the money, but it also gets you out into your community, meeting your neighbors, and you’re actually recycling too which is awesome.
Since my son is on a big sports kick (that I’m sure will likely never go away), I’ve been trying to find him more kid-friendly “equipment” to play with – especially if it’s like Daddy’s. The hardest thing for me to find has been a mini golf set. I was nearly about to buy one on Amazon yesterday, but lo and behold, I scored one at a garage sale this morning! HOORAY! I was also pumped to find a little mini wheelbarrow (like Daddy), a new set of wooden blocks with rolling wagon, a Little People race car, and a little purple football that Dylan found at a sale and would not put down – so we had to buy it, of course. I only paid $1.00 for EACH of these things!!!
Now granted, the golf set is missing a couple of balls (it came with one, at least), one of the handles needed some minor surgery with some black electrical tape after we got it home, and I’m pretty sure the clubs don’t match… but WHO cares?! It was only a buck! I can’t complain. And Dylan certainly doesn’t care, either!
I feel like I’m always trying to get rid of stuff and probably would have made a killing from having one big garage sale by now, but I’m honestly impatient about getting rid of things, so I typically find myself donating our unwanted stuff to Goodwill or PickUps for Vets. (They’re the ones who send you the little yellow envelopes to load your junk in. After you schedule a pickup day and time online, you set it out and a truck picks it up for you! So easy! And it benefits local veterans!)
If you’re a new garage sale shopper like me, here are some fantastic resources for scouring the sales in the Miami Valley:
- Dayton Daily News.com – If you don’t subscribe to the paper, you can still check the garage sale listings here under the Classified tab. Most sellers list their sale here first.
- GSALR.com – Garage sale listings by map view. Just type in your city.
- Craigslist – Garage and moving sales, all listed here. Sellers usually have more room here than in a newspaper ad, so check to see what they’ll be selling here first.
- Yard Sales.net – Sign up to receive email alerts and reminders, and even create a map and route for your trip based on the sales you want to hit!
Of course, there are also SEVERAL apps you can download straight to your phone to help you search for local garage sales, too! This great article on fanappic.com lists 10 of the best ones for iPhone: 10 of the best iPhone apps for finding garage sales near you If I’d had my iPhone on me this morning, these would have come in really handy! (Grrr…)
And finally, if you’re planning on hosting a garage sale in the near future, check out this LOVELY post on I Heart Organizing.com for some inspiration on having a super nice and organized garage sale. It really makes me want to set up a sale of my own!
I’d love to hear your garage sale tips, so feel free to share them with me!