Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

TIPS & TRICKS Saturday Morning Pros Share Strategies

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

TIPS & TRICKS Saturday Morning Pros Share Strategies

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Veteran garage-salers Judy Dailey and her mother, Alvira Bitter, have picked through boxes and scrutinized the household flotsam of Jacksonville families almost every Saturday morning since 1971. Cousins Shirley Darden and Rosalind Darden have been at it since 1986. Here are their tips:

-- Start early. Most garage sales begin at 7 or 8 a.m., and the good stuff -- collectibles, furniture and big working appliances -- go fast. Antiques dealers and thrift-shop owners are always the first to arrive looking for wares to stock their shops and businesses. Even if signs or ads say a sale lasts until 1 or 2 p.m., most avid garage-salers agree anything worth having is gone by 11 a.m. Die-hards say 10 a.m.

-- Rosalind Darden said she thinks the best bargains and the biggest selections are at sales around Normandy Boulevard and in the Riverside-Avondale area. She's not sure why, but she's noticed that prices at sales in the Mandarin and Baymeadows areas have risen during the past two years.

-- On Friday mornings, check classified listings for locations of sales, then look at a map and plan a route. Remember, time is of the essence. You don't want someone snapping up a $5 end table perfect for your living room while you're driving around lost. Check classifieds on Saturday mornings, too. Some people run ads for that one day.

-- Be flexible. Even though you have a route in mind, many people having yard sales don't advertise. They just tack up notices in the neighborhood. Take a chance, follow the signs. There could be a treasure.

-- Respect what the ads and signs say. If they state "No early birds," don't knock on the seller's door at 6 a.m. Hey, that's just a basic rule of good behavior, right? But people caught up in the thrill of the hunt sometimes get carried away.

-- If you see something you like, pick it up and carry it around with you as you look. …

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