Garage Sale Etiquette

Garage Sales are always fun and extremely interesting! Oh the people you will meet! It is great to connect with people but there are always those few that lack garage sale etiquette.

Garage Sales are always fun and extremely interesting! Oh the people you will meet! It is great to connect with people but there are always those few that lack garage sale etiquette.

Garage Sale Etiquette

Here are eight circumstances we have had the pleasure to encounter at our garage sales.


We totally admire that you are purchasing items to send to the Philippines or give to foster children. We love to give to charity. We are very generous. Today we are just trying to make a buck!

Double Dipping

When you ask for a special deal on an item and then lump it together with a bunch of merchandise and ask for an even better deal, that’s double dipping. We already gave you a deal. Now the price is going up.

The One-Sided Argument

When the price is $2, the fact you say ‘no, $1’ does not make it so. You will have a one sided argument and we will just laugh and laugh!


It isn’t cute when you coax your child to bargain for a 10¢ item. You know we can’t say no to that face and you use it against us. It’s 10¢ for crying out loud!


For that matter, I’m embarrassed for you when you want a 10¢ sheet for 5¢. What are you thinking?


It’s okay to tell us you’d like the garage sale leftovers free for your charity. Please just know that 12 other people have asked for the same thing!

Mad, Mad, Mad

We will not chase you down and beg for forgiveness when you stomp off because you didn’t get the price you wanted. That strategy just doesn’t work here. If you really want the items, pay the extra quarter!

Prices are there for a Reason

We take a lot of time and consideration to price our items! The prices are there for a reason. We very seldom negotiate. It’s our sale and we’ll do what we want to!


Garage Sales just wouldn’t be as exciting if we didn’t have the pleasure to encounter such interesting people.

Believe it or not, we have built quite the reputation and people love to come to our garage sale! They know we have great merchandise at reasonable prices and we just don’t mess around.

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18 comments… add one
  • simplecasablog Jul 22, 2014, 1:30 pm

    Lovedddd this post!

  • How Do The Jones Do It Jul 22, 2014, 2:08 pm

    I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Maybe it sounded familiar to something you’ve experienced?!

  • justabackpackandarollie Jul 22, 2014, 8:36 pm

    Ha! Hubs and I did our last garage sale ever last year. I could not get over people picking through my “treasures” then offering a buck for something they know very well would cost them ten or 20 times more even in Goodwill. I was a major cranky pants by mid-afternoon and left the hubby to handle the crowd. It took a double Happy Hour to get my mojo back. Your tips are right on! You know how to hold your ground and put a positive spin on it. Good for you.

  • Felicia Jul 22, 2014, 8:41 pm

    As I am breaking all my own rules and getting ready for yet another garage sale it’s so nice to see this post. I hate hagglers and by God when I say the sale starts at 6am the sale starts at SIX AM. Not 5am, not 5:30am not 5:45 and not 5:55. If you insist the price is double.

    Okay maybe I’m not ready to have another one.

  • Joy @ Joyfully Green Jul 22, 2014, 8:42 pm

    Great post! Yep, I recognized many of your customers from my own garage sales. I found it helped to join up with a couple of neighbors in a group yard sale, so we could all meet up afterwards and have a laugh and a beer!

  • How Do The Jones Do It Jul 22, 2014, 8:55 pm

    I can’t claim to have kept humor and a positive attitude the whole time;0) The great thing is there are lots of us there to give each other a break! I’m glad you found your mojo;0)

  • How Do The Jones Do It Jul 22, 2014, 8:58 pm

    I am cracking up right now! 6:00AM?! That is waaaay early … they should be thrilled! Just remember … you make the rules;0)

  • How Do The Jones Do It Jul 22, 2014, 9:01 pm

    It makes a huge difference when you join forces! I need to work on being firm with a smile on my face or nod while saying ‘no’. Ha! Confuse them;0)

  • $1,500?!?!?! WOW!!! I haven’t been to any garage sales in a while. But I’m thinking about organized a community-wide garage sale in our neighborhood. How crazy am I?! LOL

  • sahana Jul 25, 2014, 12:34 pm

    Love your points! ! Lately me and hubby just go to garage sale wherever we see the board.It is like going picnic for us.We never bargain as we know the items are sold multiple times higher in shops. Why don’t you just print these points that u have written and post in a board where garage sale that wrong ?? I just felt it can avoid some complex confusing situation I guess.just a suggestion 🙂

  • How Do The Jones Do It Jul 25, 2014, 1:02 pm

    I think that’s a fabulous idea! Your neighbors would love you for it!!! You would be the talk of the town;0)

  • How Do The Jones Do It Jul 25, 2014, 1:03 pm

    That’s a terrific suggestion! I may just have to do that next year! Thank you for visiting!!!

  • rochellebarlow Jul 25, 2014, 3:32 pm

    Holy cow, people are just nut bags! I’ve never held a garage sale and I don’t particularly want to because of the people. I get glimpses of people like that on craigslist — I was selling a huge beautiful clock and this guy asked for $10 off because it was too big for his house. Idiot.

  • How Do The Jones Do It Jul 26, 2014, 5:27 pm

    Lol! That’s funny. On the bright side … at least he didn’t ask you to buy him a bigger house;0) I guess we wouldn’t know how sane we are if we didn’t get a little glimpse of crazy;0)

  • Linda Jul 31, 2015, 6:20 pm

    I rarely offer less, but if I think an item is so over priced I will. My daughter hates to hear the seller say what he/she paid for it new. My daughter feels is it’s not her problem they paid too much for it new. When I have my next yard sale (this fall) I am going to adopt the method of the antique mall in town. Write FIRM on the tag with the price if I will not take less. If FIRM is not on the tag I will entertain offers.

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