Four Types of Garage Sale Shoppers

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Anyone who has strolled the streets on a Saturday or Sunday morning has certainly seen them: Garage sale shoppers prowling the neighborhood, searching for the week's wonderful finds.

But not all garage sale shoppers are alike.

“The vast majority of garage sale shoppers are Budget Watchers,” reports Anita Chagaris, author of Garage Sale Gourmet: Streetwise Shopping for Fun, Profit, and Home Improvement ( “However, there are four distinct types of garage salers. Each expects different results from their garage sale excursions.”

Beginners - The ones who delicately look at each item rather than plowing through piles. They often ask how much things cost but rarely make offers.

Bargain Hunters - The ones who show up while the garage sale is still being set up, long before it is even open for business. They are often found driving vehicles that are already loaded with tables and chairs by 8 a.m.

Regulars - Recognized by their thermos of coffee and/or bottle of water, these garage salers are more interested in being outside and meeting new people, but they often find that one special item they have been seeking for months.

Working Parents - Since their kids go through furniture almost as fast as food, these shoppers appreciate finds that help them have a professionally decorated home on an amateur's budget.

Getting good deals can be fun, too, adds Chagaris. Garage saling offers the opportunity to meet people, and get some fresh air and exercise.

All types of Garage Sale Gourmets can hit the streets completely prepared by arming themselves with the free 21-Point Checklist of Supplies to Bring On Your Next Garage Sale Excursion, which you can find at .


Anita Chagaris and Randy Lyman are a brother-sister writing team.

Chagaris is a working mother who lives the life described in Garage Sale Gourmet, decorating several apartments and two family homes. Anita lives in Santa Monica, CA with her husband and two children.

Lyman, has been a professional writer for 20 years, during which he has worked as a news reporter, editor and publicist in the San Francisco Bay Area and Prague, Czech Republic. He lives in Oakland, CA.


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