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Prepping with Garage Sales

So as summer approaches, so does garage sale season. One of the local burbs here has a spring garage sale weekend that everyone waits for. So it’s an especially high density of garage sales in one little area. Always a good time…

Garage sales are a great way to get solid items for prepping on the cheap. But there are a few ways to get the best bang for your buck.

First, you need to have a list of things you’re looking for. Now the magic garage sale that has everything on your list doesn’t exist, sorry. But if you’ve got a good list of stuff that you want, then you’re off to a good start.

Make sure you have a good idea of how much you’re willing to pay for things. Think fractions of retail. Looking around on the Internet to get basic pricing is a good place to start.

Then, figure out some categories of items you want to look for. This is stuff you may not list out individually, but if you see something that is part of that category, say camping gear, you’ll take a closer look.

Some things you can find for relatively cheap at garage sales are old HAM or CB radios, canning supplies, uncommon tools, and older camping supplies such as backpacks, lanterns, and stoves. Another favorite is cast iron. Lots of folks don’t know how to use it anymore!

Rudy’s Note: If you buy canning supplies, just get jars and rings. Sealed boxes of lids would be fine too, but nothing that’s been opened. And only buy brand named jars, ideally Kerr or Ball.

Other good finds include bigger tools, toolboxes, sewing items, fishing gear, and sometimes even guns, ammo, and firearms accessories.

So make your lists, and go garage saleing … it’s a heck of alot of fun, the kids love it, and it’s fairly cheap!

What are some of your best garage sale finds?

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