Garage sale season is about to begin in the Hudson Valley. Are you excited? Are you a person who sells items or are you a person who is out on the treasure hunt?

Either way, there are certain things that you should or should not do when it comes to a garage sale. Do you consider yourself a savvy shopper? Do you know about the unwritten rules of garage sale-ing?

What are the things you need to know to observe "Garage Sale Etiquette?"

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First and foremost, if you are the shopper or the seller, you need to make sure you observe people's space and people's time. In no way is it acceptable to show up and expect to start shopping more than 5 minutes before the posted time.

What would another rule in Garage Sale Shopping Etiquette in the Hudson Valley?

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Bring cash. Most every single transaction that will take place will take place with cash. The new other option that more sellers are embracing is Venmo and other cash app services. If you are not sure if they will take it, ask if there is another form of payment that you can use. Also, make sure that the electronic amount is going to be more than $20 or it might not be worth it for the seller to accept that as payment.

As a seller, what is the most important thing you can do for a garage sale?

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As a seller, you need to put the work in ahead of time. This includes having everything priced, set up, and ready to go. You might want to have a friend or two available to help out with answering questions, loading things into cars, and being an extra set of eyes to make sure things go smoothly.

What is also very important as a seller at a Garage Sale?

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As a seller, make sure that your items are priced. Yes, people will always make an offer, but some won't. An item not priced is an item that is not sold.

What is one other piece of advice that people shared with us about garage sale etiquette?

Be respectful when making an offer on an item that you think is over-priced. Yes, you can totally do it, but be respectful. Seller, you don't have to accept it, but you have an opportunity to work the situation to your advantage by being open to discussing the price. Best of luck on your next garage sale season.

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