haggling at yard sales, garage sales, flea markets, swap meets

What does the word haggling mean?

According to an online dictionary this is what it means.. ↓ http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/haggle

hag·gle

)
1.to bargain in a petty, quibbling, and often contentious manner:
2.to wrangle, dispute, or cavil:
verb (used with object)
3.to mangle in cutting; hack.
4.to settle on by haggling.
5.Archaic . to harass with wrangling or haggling

I DONT LIKE THE TEXT BOOK DEFINITION!

 I  believe like anything you say or do, it’s how you say it that really matters. If you haggle the right way, there is nothing wrong with it and nothing to do with the definition above. Haggle has become almost yard sale LINGO for Negotiate. These days the word haggle isn’t something negative … of course keep in mind that haggling should be done with respect for the seller. Here are some tips to haggle your way into yard sales and score low prices!

1)  before the haggle starts-go to break your big bills!! trust me it’s not nice when you haggle your price down to cents off dollars and you pull out a 20 bill or 50 bill or worse a 100 bill! oh my god that is uncomfortable for everyone!! do yourself a favor and get change, pay with single bills!

2) Now that you have single bills Get the seller to give you the PRICE. never offer, always get the buyer to SAY THE ASKING PRICE FIRST.

            3) If  the price REAlly is to high- OKAY GREEN LIGHT…start the haggling by giving your counter offer. Dont be too pushy or on the other hand don’t be afraid! it’s ok ! everyone tries to get better prices..and its the name of the game! just don’t get carried away and haggle item down to .50 cents on more than 2items….it’s a waste of time…instead….

4) try to bundle items. At times you can get cheaper prices if you have a pile of things. Towards the end you can estimate by pieces and say $1 per item or $2 ..depends on what you’re buying. at times things can get as cheap as .25 cents…believe me if you bundle they will be happy to get rid of merchandise and cash in their hands!

5) Bring your own canvas re-usable bags..at times these yard sale hosts aren’t too worried about proper bagging! they are not thinking of your end of the deal here, they have dirty used market bags with bad smells from food that is last weeks shopping…seriously im not being dramatic, at times they just give you any old bag or box with cobwebs, this is why I carry those re-usable bags or bring my own containers.

6) bring a calculator, notepad and pen! its handy and so needed when you have one of those sellers that just adds up too many items, i call them “add happy”

they just get on a roll and start adding invisible items and your like wow! so to avoid this flip out your calculator along with notepad and pen!   do your own math and round-up if you have too.

its a yard sale more than likely they need the cash and if its cents its okay specially if you bundled items or haggled. It’s good to keep everyone feeling like they won and not loss. win win situation for all!

ok hope this helps and soon the weekend will be here and another treasure hunt will begin! happy shopping!! haggle nicely and its ok!

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  15. Excellent article, thanks.

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  16. I like your article its all true, just so you know we started a national web site http://www.GarageSaleHeadquarters.com trying to offer a centralized place for garage sale, rummage, yard/porch, flea market, auctions and estate sales, we have the slogan of “Just GS’in” short for garage sale-ing. Our site we also offer big bold signs , shirts and totes with the GS’in phrase on them. Take a look and spread it around. Happy GS’in

    1. hello gsintime!!!
      Well I thank you for reading my article on GS! lol (using ur phrase) YES i Will gladly check out your website. Again thank you for commenting and reading …. i will add new articles I have alot to say on GSing! happy Gsing!

      CF xoxo

      1. Thanks for replying, We are re-doing the pages, one state at a time so when you look at our site view the indiana state it has the new look.
        Can’t wait for Spring

      2. O.k. Will DO!
        CF

      3. Hello, I seen your daughters pic and my daughter (10) wanted to let her know whats she is doing on GarageSaleHeadquarters.com. She has a page under Kidstuff, just started ,within the next couple weeks she’ll do her first video about collecting cat figurines. Right now she just has her favorite videos cats and dogs.
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      4. I THINK THATS A GREAT IDEA! I WILL CHECK OUT THE VIDEOS AND OF COURSE KELLY WILL TOO 🙂
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