here. I wanted to talk about some pointers on knowing if you have a treasure and some tips on haggling for your prize.
Take your time and look carefully. Sometimes when you go into a garage/estate sale- don't be afraid to look in a drawer or open a cupboard. If they want everything gone- and there is a lot of stuff- look slowly and look in all the corners. :) I found this vintage map behind a bookcase and they wanted everything gone- so I got it for 12 bucks.
2. You found something you want to buy. Determine your item's condition. Look and see if the item is damaged and how damaged. Sometimes when you go to a thrift store or a garage sale the person selling it might not realize it's damaged and don't be afraid to ask for a discount. Even the big chains- like Goodwill will give you more off the item if it's damaged and they didn't note it. Also think about the time it's going to take for you to fix it. Sometimes your time might be more valuable then the item.
3. How to know when you are getting a good deal? If you are looking for a specific item- do a little bit of research and see how much an item is worth. I will check ebay for a really specific item and see how much that item is going for- then I know for sure it's a good deal. If the item is marked high at a store or a garage sale- let the seller know it's high and see if they are willing to come down in price.
4. Always ask for discount. Sometimes I will ask is the best price you can give me for this? Antique malls run different discounts that they advertise and some they don't. Estate sales/Garage sales always ask for a reduction and if you are buying multiple things- ask if they will throw in something for free- for example- if you are buying a piece of furniture and see some books you want. Ask if they will throw in the books. Be creative when you haggle. :) The worse they can say it no.