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.
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.
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.”
By Emily Kittle