* The early bird gets the bargain. Most sellers say they do a good portion of their total business during the sale’s first hour.
* Make a plan. Study newspaper ads and map out an efficient route so you can hit more sales in less time.
* Get the picture. A quick visual scan of the layout –especially larger sales — can draw you to an item you’re looking for.
* Mind your manners. Be friendly — endearing oneself to the proprietor is a good way to break the ice, and possibly get better deals.* Use your imagination. Can the item be fixed? Cleaned? Altered slightly to yield perfect results? Remember, you’re paying a fraction of retail.