I read these tips in a magazine at the grocery store.
Eleven Rules of Rural Garage Sales.
For the Purchaser
You are a guest on a neighbor's property and you will see them again.
( possibly the next time you are stuck and need assistance )
Drive and park with care
Lost count of the number of fender benders and minor accidents seen at garage sales
Cars, bicycles, wheelchairs, and walkers all converge on a single lane.
Ask if the price is negotiable before dickering.
For some, bargaining is a game or a challenge and the only reason to attend garage sales.
Others find it an insult.
For the Buyers and Sellers Both
Involve the kids.
Join with others
Laugh, form partnerships in the hunt for bargains or in the effort to sell.
If you are buying, car pool.
It saves money and time.
And for the Seller
Rule # 7
Always declare without being asked, if an item is broken or missing parts.
Rule # 8
Hang items such as brightly colored tablecloths or carpets out front to attract attention.
Try to make your garage or yard have a "fair" look or appeal.
Rule # 9
Use all the "Free" advertising that is available
Distance in the country makes advertising essential
Send your ad to your local paper, put it on Facebook and Twitter and post signs at major intersections
Rule # 10
Promote local community groups and charities
If you are sharing your proceeds with a charity or group , make sure this information is posted and you have a donation can available.
Rule # 11
Above all, be creative and have fun.
Have a "free" pile of junk you were going to throw away.
Rule # 12
Unlike any form of Urban Shopping, rural garage sales are social events.
They are times to meet, to greet, to share and promote your farm as a destination.
It's your time to show off your unique and beautiful acreage, and find new customers for your products.
Just a note:
When I feel like cruising around hitting garage sales,
driving Highway 6 between Galveston Island & Alvin, Texas has been mighty productive.
Even more fascinating is road trip from Nacodoches, Texas to Arkadelphia, Arkansas.
Great Friday, Saturday, Sunday mini vacation.
Rent a Van & fill it up with treasure.
My name is Roland Dressler
I own Antiques Texas City
Located at 518 6th Street North, in Texas City, Texas
We're open Tuesdays thru Saturdays 11:00am to 5:00pm
We accept credit cards and all major debit cards.
Lay-away available with 25% down - Bal. due in 30 days.
Our Resale Shop is in the upcycled Jewel Theater building.
Build in 1948 , it's the perfect size for our showroom & warehouse.
I have 14 Dealers in our shop
There's room for 4 more Vendors
Spaces measure 10 ft x 10 ft & cost $100. a month.
Google antiques texas city you will see our items posted for sale
Link to our Blog: http://antiquetexascity.blogspot.com/
Want to shop 24 hours a day - 7 days a week?
Link to our online etsy store
We ship anywhere in the "Free World"
International export our specialty
We specialize in hard to find luxury items
From Antique Fur Coats to Vintage Jewelry
Our shops are a "hardware store" for Women
We also sell supplies for Artists, Crafters, & Jewelers
Grab Bags of Costume & Junk Jewelry only $10. a bag.
Need antique sewing notions & fabrics...we have it.
Everything your Great Grandmother had at home is for sale on http://www.etsy.com/
We carry a large selection of vintage 1920's - 1950's kitchenware and housewares at our store in Texas City.
Please come visit Mary, Kathy & Monica.
Texas Business Women, helping you get a
Quarter out of every Nickle!
Antiques Texas City
518 6th Street North
Texas City, Texas, 77568
Please visit our friends 1 mile north of us.
Heading from our store north going past Food King
Look for a family owned business called
RUST & DUST
Used Furniture Superstore
1519 6th Street North
Texas City, Texas, 77590
Keith & Debbie are open Thurs, Fri, & Saturday
Hours: 10:00am to 5:00pm
Support your local business where ever you live.
Your independent small business needs your patronage.
At our store in Texas City, profits are used to buy inventory, equipment, pay for Helpers and even groceries here in the local community.
When customers spend money here with us in Texas City,
their money stays in Texas City.
Back in October 2008, downtown Texas City had 18 Resale Shops conducting business, providing goods & employment.
In May 2012, Antiques Texas City is the only full service Resale Shop open 5 days a week in the Business District.
Our Friends at Rust & Dust have weathered the Bank Crash of '08, Hurricane Ike & all the road construction projects.
We appreciate your business