Yard Sale Packing List

Yard Sale Packing List
Robin Brown and Patricia McDaniel

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Yard Sale Survival KitPack a Cooler – It is important to stay hydrated! A cooler filled with ice cold water comes in very handy. Buy the little 8 ounce water bottles. If you are staying at hotels, you can fill the cooler with ice from the hotel ice machine.

Snacks – Depending on how quickly you move through the sale, it can be a long time before you get a meal.  Pack carrots, celery and grapes in baggies to store in the cooler as well as some pretzels, chips and granola bars to satiate hunger. Maybe even a cookie or two.

Packing Your Suitcase Travel light—you will want more room in the car for treasures! Pack a laundry bag for dirty clothing—you will not want to wear an outfit more than once. Late May, early June can be great weather during the day, but evenings and early mornings could be chilly. Pack a long sleeve shirt, windbreaker or sweatshirt. You may want to keep an extra change of clothing handy in case—dust, rain and general dirt with scrounging for treasures may mean you need to change during the day. Many hotels have washers and dryers so you could do a load of laundry during the trip. Throw a few detergent pods and fabric softener sheets in your bag. The hotel may or may not have these items for sale.   Sunscreen and Insect  Repellent  Caring for your skin is a must!   Pack that sunscreen! And no one wants a bug bite!

Bring a Hat
A hat will keep the sun at bay and will help keep you cool.

Sunglasses
In addition to shielding those rays, vendors won’t see your eyes when negotiating.

Flush-able Wipes/Facial Tissue –  Pack a travel pack of flush-able wipes and carry it with you in your bag or backpack. Often, port-a-johns are your only option. As the sale progresses, toilet paper becomes scarce. If you cannot find flushable wipes, a pack of facial tissue will work just fine.  Hand Wipes and Hand Sanitizer  Between touching things that a thousand other people have touched, the hot, humid weather and not being able to wash your hands after using a port-a-john, — this is a definite necessity!   Maps and GPS -You don’t want to lose precious shopping time by being lost, do you?

Mini Trash Bags – Hefty makes these cute little trash bags in a cute little travel case. They are the size of a plastic grocery bag (OK, I guess you could just bring grocery bags). I find it helps keep the car tidy.  Tote/Packing Materials  Put a storage tote, or a box of some sort in your car. It helps keep the small items corralled. Packing materials such as bubble wrap or newspaper are helpful to have on hand as well. If you plan on purchasing furniture, a couple of old blankets will help prevent your treasure from being scratched.

Small Bags
Small, plastic zipped plastic bags are handy to keep smalls organized.  Rain Ponchos  These can be picked up at any big box store for a few dollars. A lot of vendors are under tents and will remain open if it rains.

Portable Umbrella
Bring a small umbrella that can fit in your bag. It may start raining when you are not near your car.

Extra Shoes
Those comfortable shoes may not be so comfortable after a day or two of traipsing through fields or treasure. A second pair of shoes in case you get a blister or step in something muddy, noxious or sticky and do not want to spend time cleaning them up at the immediate moment. Note: Another perfect use for those plastic grocery bags!

Tools  – A tape measure is a must. If you are looking for furniture, measure your space prior to the sale so you will know your purchase will fit your space.  Pack a flat head and a Phillips head screwdriver as well as an adjustable wrench. Sometimes you need to take something apart to get it into your vehicle…

First Aid Kit  – Sometimes you have to wrestle someone to the ground to get the item you want—just kidding! A small first-aid kit is a good thing to have on hand. At the very least, take some bandages and anti-bacterial cleanser.

Cash/Credit Cards – Cash is the preferred method of payment on the sale. More and more vendors are taking credit cards, but cash is king! Bring bills in all denominations. The nearest ATM machine could be miles away. Take plenty of cash in small bills. How much you should take depends on your budget.

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Price Guides
Using a smart phone is a great way to reference the going rate for an item. Printed pricing guides are also handy to check prices.

Note Pad and Pen
You may want to note your purchases and the price paid. The seller may also have a great story on the provenance of your purchase. Jot it down while it is fresh in your mind or at the hotel that evening.

Eraser
When purchasing ephemera (paper items), the price is often written directly on the item. You may want to have a white vinyl (magic rub) eraser on hand to ensure the pencil marks can be completely removed. If the vendor has placed a price sticker directly on the piece, ask the vendor to remove it to ensure there are no smudges or tears on your treasure.

Magnifying Glass or Loupe
This will help in identifying maker’s marks.

Shoulder Bag/Backpack or Rolling Cart
If you are shopping a large field, you may want a bag to hold your cash, measuring tape, and those small items. You may also want a rolling cart to help haul those medium and larger items.

Magnet
A magnet will help identify various metals.

Camera
This sale traverses our beautiful country. You will want to document the beautiful scenery, your adventures with your pals or those little bits of crazy that can be found along the way.

Medications
You may need an antacid when you have passed up that bargain sixty miles back. You will also want headache relievers as well as any of your regular medications.

Large Truck or Rental Trailer
Really assess how large your vehicle is. What can you really fit in there? How many friends will be with you? Think about renting a large van or truck or possibly a trailer to attach to your vehicle.

Emergency Equipment
Hopefully you won’t need a road flare or fire extinguisher, but you may be able to help a fellow yard-saler if you have one in your car!

Good Luck Charm
If you believe in such things, bring along that rabbit’s foot or whatever brings you luck. It can’t hurt to have that extra oomph to help find your treasure.

Yard-Saling Pals
Finally, a pleasant and patient companion that shares your passion for finding a deal is a must. Hopefully they are strong enough to help move furniture if needed! Someone in your group has some possess some mad negotiation skills—it never hurts to ask for the best price, but don’t be rude and criticize the merchandise or the price, move on, there are more treasures down the road. Patience is needed by all—this is a grass roots sale—the organizers of this sale are paid nothing for their efforts. People will park where they can and the traffic will sometimes move at a snail’s pace. Find the humor in the situation and just have a good laugh. Be kind to all and pass it on!

 

Travel the National Road

Travel the National Road this summer and explore some history of our country, their are many unique shops, family owned restaurants, historic motels where you can park at your door, museums, historic bridges, historic brick roads and so much more.  Plan your trip to unwind and leave the stress of the city behind, do not make your trip a rush but start with the mindset that you are going to enjoy a laid back weekend.

Explore the Historic National Road

Travel the National Road
Travel the National Road

The weekends are always a great time to explore the Historic National Road also known as US 40 which crosses 6 states though you do not have to cross all of the state in a weekend, start by enjoy the National Road in your state and when you have seen all that needs to be seen you can move on to the next state.  Weekends are great though because many people are out having yard sales where you can pick up on some great deals and potentially some lost treasures, you just do not know.  When we raised our kids we would make the weekends like an adventure where we would hit yard sales or garage sales to see what type of deals we could find of course today I am trying to sale all of the deals that I got then, though now we call them treasures.

I have been in the lodging business now for over 37 years, last year I put in an antique shop which my wife runs with our son in law so the tradition continues, at first last year we were looking to buy a shop but then I thought Why?  Many years ago I cleaned out one section of my large property so I cleaned up the open space and made it an Antique shop and more where we sell many of the items we purchased all of those years ago plus treasures my wife continues to find on her weekend excursions though now with the grand kids but none the less it is still fun.  Weekends are also fun to hit up auctions, normally at auctions  you can also find much homemade cooking at prices you cannot beat so it really is fun to make a day or weekend of it.

National Road Antiques – Norwich Antique Shop

We will be opening our shop on May 3 this year and are in the process of adding a sign to the building though last year we had the sign on the entry and found most people could not find the building so this year I am adding a sign on the building also.   Should you happen to be in the area fill free to stop in an look at some of our treasures and even stay at our historic property, Baker’s Motel was built in 1937 at it present location though this past year I found out from some locals that just over the hill was the original site of Baker’s Motel then in 1937 it moved to the top of the hill where it remains today.

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Staple in American Life – Garage Sales and Yard Sales

With all that is changing in the world today I see the one constant as yard sales and garage sales these remain great opportunities to pick up many items at good prices simply because people just do not want to store things, they would much rather have them out of the house so they have space for new items.  If you are a young family you can also pick up like new clothing for your children or babies, cribs, chairs and more.

Should you want to plan ahead for a garage sale or a yard sale please feel free to take advantage of my free classifieds on Mammasmarkets.com and since I do not charge for garage sale or yard sale advertising I might as well plug my website.   You can check my rankings simply by typing in your city and and free classifieds, as an example type in Zanesville, Ohio Free Classifieds.  In case you are wandering how I came up with this name a couple years back a lady contacted me and wanted me do create her a platform for people advertising products for sale, ie.  Free Classifieds so I created her this platform.  Then after I took the time to make her the site she decided she did not want it, so with a good name in hand I have optimized the website for rankings and this year added it to my National Road advertising platform to provide people with some great advertising opportunities.  Enough said.