Guest Blogger ~ Mary!

Hi everyone!

I am so excited to introduce you to today’s Guest blogger! I have “known” Mary for over a year now. She has a fun blog called Ms. Redo. Make sure to drop by her blog and check out all her thrifty and fun ideas!

Take it away Mary………………………


Hi, my name is Mary and I blog at Ms. Redo. Thanks so much, Diann, for allowing me to guest post today here at The Thrifty Groove. Hope you’re having fun selling herbs today!

Today I thought I’d share with you some yard sale shopping rules a friend taught me many years ago. So come on, join me for a morning of yard saling.

6:00 a.m. Climb out of bed, throw on some clothes, grab your 16-year-old daughter and head out to the van.

6:30 a.m. Arrive at the first yard sale. Sellers give you “the look” but you remind yourself that if you arrive later, you will merely find the earlier birds leaving with the very things you wanted.

6:31 a.m. Scan the entire sale, walking quickly, grabbing what you think you might possibly want.


6:41 a.m. Find a quiet table corner and make a final decision on what to keep and what to put back.


6:45 a.m. Pause at the seller’s table and offer a fairly low price for everything you’re buying. When she comes back with a negotiated price, accept it or put some things back, then return for more negotiating.

6:55 a.m. Throw the goods in the back of the van and rush (carefully, of course, by now others are rushing to get to the sale you are leaving … which is, of course, the reason you arrived at 6:30.)

7:05 a.m. Arrive at second yard sale. Remind daughter to lock the van to protect your valuables in the back. Scan sale, grab things, final decision, negotiate.


7:15 a.m. Arrive at third yard sale.

Continue until you have visited all the sales you indexed from viewing the Craigslist garage sale ads the night before. Of course you checked for them in this order:

  1. Neighborhood sales. More bang for the buck, so to speak.
  2. Wealthier neighborhoods. You can’t always count on these being so great, but occasionally you’ll score big.
  3. Sales which advertise the stuff you love. For me, it’s shabby chic. For my daughter, it’s teen clothes.

11:00 a.m. Find the nearest McDonald’s for a rest room break and breakfast. Well, breakfast depends on whether you spent every last dime at the yard sales.

11:30 a.m. Drive home, gushing over the items you each bought, deciding where you’ll put them/where you’ll wear them.


12:00 Noon Be thankful for a fun kid to shop with, the great prices on great items, and your excitement to start re-doing an area, a room, the deck – using all your “new” things.

Thanks again, Diann, it was lots of fun sharing an exciting yard saling day with your readers!


  1. Oh, this was a cute guest post and some wisdom thrown in. I love Mary and her blog too.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  2. This was fun! Makes me (almost) want to get up and go with you!

  3. Ha. So THAT is what I am doing wrong!!!!

    Cute guest post.

  4. You are truly dedicated and offered excellent tips to new yard sale shoppers. I wish my daughters still live here so we could head out together.

  5. Great tips Mary! When I first started shopping at yard sales I did not know the drill. Women snatched things away from me! (Didn't know whether to cry or be angry). I have since learned to pick something up and hang on to it until I have made up my mind. Must be fun to have a daughter to bring along. Have a great weekend my friend!

    Big Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

  6. Cute...yep, I have followed those guidelines a few times myself!!

  7. A nice post to start off the guest bloggers.
    You also have to remember to have smaller bills and rattling change along. It is harder to negotiate a low price if you whip out twenties, or sometimes even tens.

  8. Love this post-good hints! Thanks~~Rain

  9. the house of looking beautiful specially i like the white color painting...Vans for Sale


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