The key to buying big items at a garage sale is to wait until the end of the day. By then, the sellers are wondering how they are going to get that huge dining table off of the grass and into the living room. Be careful with upholstered items (bed bug alert), but if you’re confident it’s clean, you can always try re-upholstery (DIY Design has a great how-to).
Home office supplies
At a garage sale, your eye instantly jumps to the larger items like couches, speakers, and, yes, questionable taxidermy. But force yourself to examine smaller items too, especially ones you use regularly. Pens, push pins, and paperclips are office staples, no pun intended.