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Kids and Garage Sales

There are many great ways to get kids involved in garage sales – afterall, isn’t it mostly their stuff we’re selling?

1. Kids are great at making poster-board signs. Give them some markers and let them go to town.

2. The garage should look spic and span. “Hire” your kids to clean up the place.

3. Garage sales are a great opportunity to teach kids about detachment. Show them be how to be emotionally okay with getting rid of the clothes and toys that they’ve outgrown. Let them see another kid get excited about owning them.

4. After all their hard work, let them see some of the profits – this ensures their eagerness to help next year.

As for taking kids along…
1. Garage sales are a great lesson in haggling. Kids are often too shy to buy something let alone negotiate. By bringing them along, they can learn by their parents’ example.

2. Last summer I picked up an English ginger snap tin at a garage sale for $1. My son liked it so much he asked for it. He later found one selling on eBay for $17. This has inspired him to do more research on antiques, which has been a fun hobby for him. He cannot wait to test his appraisal skills at garage sales this summer.

I’m Cristin Frank (AKA Eve). I love all things frugal and crafty. My mindset is always on upcycling, repurposing, reducing waste and saving money – and Eve of Reduction is my roadmap. You might also want to check out my book, "Living Simple, Free & Happy."

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