Rummage Sales 101

by Merissa on April 1, 2011

in Thrifty Living

Yes, I've been out and about already at rummage sales this year. I just love them! Last year I posted some tips for rummage sale shopping and I thought it would be appropriate to re-post as we get into a new rummage sale season!

  1. Check the paper first. Go through and look what is for sale and write down the sales you want to hit. This is a huge timesaver so you don't have to stop at sales that won't have anything you need. If you are only going on Saturday it's best to skip the sales that were on Friday also. Most of the time the best stuff is already picked over.
  2. Look up the addresses before you go. Just go to Google or Mapquest and search for the location.
  3. Make a route of which ones you are going to hit first by working your way from one side of town to the other. Make sure you write down times they start so you know which one to go to when.
  4. Have you things ready to go the night before. This way all you have to do is get up Saturday morning and go.
  5. Know what you want to look for before you go and know what you are going to spend on it. For example if you are looking for kids clothes know what size and what styles you need.
  6. In the morning. Get up, shower, and get out the door. You want to be at the sales right when they start! Nobody will care how fancy you look or if you are all dressed up at 6 in the morning.
  7. Have fun shopping!

I LOVE going to rummage sales because you just can’t buy things cheaper! Some days you won’t find anything that you need but it’s fun to look. Last year  I found the carpet shampooer at the very last sale I went to for the day after not finding anything all day. I had my eye on that shampooer Target but it was $80 and I found it in excellent shape at a rummage sale for $20! So don’t get discourged if you don’t find something you want at each house you stop by. Also, don’t be afraid to haggle. Like my husband says, you can at least ask and if they turn you down you haven’t lost anything!

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1 Charity April 1, 2011 at 9:41 am

Great posting! You’ve got a fantastic gift of helping others! Thanks for all the wonderful pointers! It is neat how you call it rummage sales and we call them yard sales…I think that is so neat! Have a blessed day!!


2 Emily L Freelove April 1, 2011 at 6:24 pm

Great tips, we also use Craigslist to find yard sales, they have a “garage sale” forum and this is where we find most of the sales. One other thing we do is hit the bigher end neighborhoods first! Good luck, we’ll be out tomorrow ourselves 🙂


3 Sara Wollman April 3, 2011 at 4:16 pm

I just moved to the Black Hills last spring. I used to rummage all the time where we lived before and I am wondering if you rummage in Rapid City at all. If so, what is the best way to find out about the rummages other then looking in the paper or is that my only option.


4 Merissa April 4, 2011 at 8:50 pm

I read about all the garage sales on and there is also ads for some on the Pennington County Cafe Yahoo Group. I always go to sale in Rapid! Occasionally if there is a bunch in Black Hawk or something I will do one Saturday there instead.


5 Sara Wollman April 6, 2011 at 7:27 pm

Thanks so much. I will start looking.


6 Kimberly Cagle Hanson March 26, 2012 at 9:55 am

This was a great article. Thank you.


7 naomi heise May 7, 2012 at 2:11 pm

there is also a great app called garagesale rover. it compiles all the sales off of craigslist and other sites and pins them to a map based on your location. it is brilliant!


8 Maria Alma Varela August 14, 2014 at 12:26 pm

I pack a small ice chest with water,fruit,Sandwich cut in quarters,and if it is hot day coconut water.


9 WandaL August 21, 2014 at 3:33 pm

One thing that I have found useful over the years, is to go on the last day of the sale. Sellers are much more willing to negotiate and sometimes you can get an entire sackful for a small price.


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