How to Negotiate at Garage Sales and Thrift Stores

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I grew up in San Diego and my Dad loved to go to Tijuana, Mexico to bargain and he always took us along. He would bargain in the market , the grocery store and the bakery. It was like on the job training for a frugal lifestyle. When you are living a frugal lifestyle then you will eventually have to learn to negotiate.

How to Negotiate at Garage Sales and Thrift Stores

So really this is the simplest way to negotiate at garage sales and thrift stores this and it is what I have taught my children to do. Simply walk up to the person in charge whether you are at a garage sale or a thrift store and ask them this simple question:”What is your best price?” For those of you who are bargaining averse this simple phrase could save you 10-30%.

Now when & if you get comfortable with question #1 you can move on to question #2. Which is simply walking up to the person in charge and offering a legitimate price you would love to pay. From there normally negotiations will begin unless they accept your first offer. I normally say: “Will you take $– for it?”

How to not Negotiate at Garage Sales and Thrift Stores
  • Always be nice

Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. Ephesians 4:32

  • Do not pretend the item is worthless

“It’s no good, it’s no good!” says the buyer— then goes off and boasts about the purchase.” Proverbs 20:14

  •  Do not offer unfair, unrealistic prices attempting to cheat someone.

The Lord detests dishonest scales, but accurate weights find favor with him. Proverbs 11:1

  • Avoid making the person angry which can usually be accomplished by following rules 1-3. If you make the person that you are bargaining with angry then you are done. They might not sell it to you at any price but they certainly aren’t going to give you a good deal but they might give you an earful!

A man of wrath stirs up strife, and one given to anger causes much transgression.Proverbs 29:22 

If you use these two questions and you avoid these 4 warnings you should be able to shave several % off of every item you purchase. Please let me know how you do at the negotiating  table.

What things do you do to get the best deal when you negotiate at Garage Sales and Thrift Stores?

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Kyle is a full time frugal wife of Wayneand Mama to 5 adorable children: Peyton (15), Parker (10),Pearson (8), Parson (3) & Providence (3). My hope is to present families with an attainable simplified model of classical education with a Charlotte Mason twist.She likes listening to audio books, watching the kids play sports or piano & doing anything with my husband! She likes to do all of that while having a cup of coffee! You can find her blogging on a regular basis here at Aspired Living, The Curriculum Choice & Womanhood with Purpose.

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Kyle is a full time frugal wife of Wayne and Mama to 5 adorable children: Peyton (15), Parker (10),Pearson (8), Parson (3) & Providence (3). My hope is to present families with an attainable simplified model of classical education with a Charlotte Mason twist.She likes listening to audio books, watching the kids play sports or piano & doing anything with my husband! She likes to do all of that while having a cup of coffee! You can find her blogging on a regular basis here at Aspired Living, The Curriculum Choice & Womanhood with Purpose.

3 thoughts on “How to Negotiate at Garage Sales and Thrift Stores

  1. I’m stopping by from Managing Your Blessings’ link-up. 🙂 I’ve always been impressed at by my mom’s ability to be bold in this way! I’m still learning that “it doesn’t hurt to ask,” and I really appreciate the scriptures you included with your warnings.
    Jen @ Being Confident of This

  2. I’m definitely not much of a negotiator, but I agree with all your rules – it seems much harder to get what you want by being rude or a bully. It always easier to catch flies with honey than vinegar.

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