For a successful hunt, do what the experts do: check out the listings the evening before and plan your itinerary. You might want to focus on certain neighbourhoods rather than drive all around town. The morning of, head out early and start scouting for hidden treasures. The mere anticipation is half the fun!
Here are some of my own garage-sale finds:
A classic side table with a marble top.
I payed $20 for the pair. The legs were
originally brown, but I painted them
black for a crisper look.
Candle holders, vases, pots, bowls...
All those things are in abundance at
garage sales. I look for fun items
with original shapes, like the candle
holders above. The pot has a shiny,
mirrored surface. I haven't found
anything like it in any store.
My all-time best garage-sale find:
mouth-blown glass vase by iconic
Finnish designer Alvar Aalto. You pay
around $150 for this vase in the store.
I paid a standard garage-sale price...