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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Navigating Dupaco's Community-Wide Garage sales

The first round of Dupaco’s Community-Wide Garage Sales is almost here!

Are you ready?

On the eve of the garage sale events in Dubuque and Manchester, Iowa (set for Saturday, April 25), here’s what you should know to get the most out of your shopping experience.  
 
Before you hit the sales:
Determine whether you’re looking for specific items, just browsing for good deals or both, recommends Jennifer Hanniford, Dupaco’s assistant vice president of interactive marketing. And decide how much you’re willing to spend at the sales in advance.

If you’re trying to fulfill a wish list, take advantage of the garage sale directory – which is available at Dupaco branches and online – to determine in advance which sales are most likely to have those items.

“The online directory has some great features, including the ability to create itineraries,” Hanniford says. “I have an itinerary for Friday morning and one for Friday afternoon, and have added my favorite sales to them to help me navigate my day. Since the website is mobile friendly, I can access my itineraries on shopping day from my phone.”

The website is integrated with Google maps, so it will produce directions to get you from sale to sale.
 
On garage sale day:
If you’re not willing to pay a price that’s marked on an item, don’t be afraid to negotiate. Ask if the seller will accept less.
Hanniford says it’s important to keep prices in perspective by asking yourself these questions:

  • Do I really need this?
  • What am I willing to pay for this?
  • Could I realistically find this cheaper elsewhere?

You might be able to find an item for less through an online buy-and-sell site, but you also might end up paying a premium price for shipping, she says.

“Remember, just because it’s a good deal doesn’t mean you need it,” Hanniford says. “Overshooting your budget at garage sales is easier than you may think, especially if you’re not keeping tabs on what you’ve purchased and how much you’ve spent.”
 
Don’t forget about the Community-Wide Garage Sale in Platteville, Wis., which is Saturday, May 9!

By Emily Kittle

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