A lot of people believe that in order to find a great deal they need to wake up at 6am to beat the crowds at their local garage sale. While this is true in terms of finding great second hand items, you might consider your local brick and mortar stores for a great deal as well. A lot of buyers don’t understand that their local antique, art or second hand stores can also be a treasure trove of amazing finds.
You might walk into a local art gallery and believe that even though you love a piece – or you would love to resell it – it’s priced far too high for your budget. Just because you’re in an actual store, this does not mean you can’t negotiate. Take it from a pro: you can negotiate just about anywhere.
I own a fine art gallery and I always tell my clients that if they see a piece elsewhere, no matter the price, come to my store and give me the opportunity to match it. I might not always be able to do so, but I will certainly try my best. If the client can’t afford a piece in my gallery, I ask them to make me an offer. It can never hurt to ask so long as you’re respectful.
We are in tough economic times and your local store owners want your business. It’s great to have stores in your area that sell things you want and need, so before you pass them up, give them a chance. With the internet there’s a chance you could get taken and at a garage sale you’re buying products that might not be in the best of shape; but when you buy from a physical store you’ll always know what you’re getting. Take time to walk through the stores in your area and give the owner an opportunity to earn your business. You might be pleasantly surprised by the outcome.
Good luck and happy hunting!