Guest Post | Haggling 101

I’m so excited to introduce you guys to Sarah, over at 702 Park Project. This girl has got some mad taste, and is currently in the process of fixing up a gorgeous old home here in NC! I fell in love with her home renovation virtually, and I’ve asked her to swing by the blog to bestow some of her tips and tricks to all of you! Enjoy!


Hi there, I’m Sarah from 702 Park Project! My husband and I have been restoring our 1902 house in NC for the past 18 months and I’m so happy to have a fellow renovation-lover like Mary so close now! What she has done with more than just a single home is nothing short of incredible!

I love to shop second hand at thrift stores, antique shops, auction houses, yard sales, and estate sales for our home as well as my online shops. So today I’d like to share with you some tips on one of my favorite parts of the shopping experience: haggling! I feel like sometimes haggling gets a bad rap, but in many cases it is actually expected, and it can be lots of fun.


1. Room for negotiating is almost always factored into the price. Unless the price says “Firm” there is a little wiggle room. Most of the antique shops that I visit automatically give you a 10% discount, sometimes without you even having to ask.


2. Group things together. Sellers are more likely to give you a better deal if you are buying more from them.


3. Bring cash. Sellers would always rather deal in cash than credit cards and checks, and will often give a discount for paying with cash.


4. Revisit. If you see something you love but just aren’t willing to pay the high price, test your luck and wait it out. If you go back later, say in a few weeks or even months, and the piece is still there, bring it up to the seller. Mention that you’ve seen it there for a while and offer a lower price. Sellers are usually motivated to sell older items to make room for new finds.


5. Ask this question: “Is that your best price?” I’ve gotten a great deal on many pieces just by asking this question. Sometimes it leads to an awkward silence, but just be patient and wait for the answer. You might be surprised!


6. Be willing to walk away. If the seller can’t get the item into your price range, leave it. I have walked away disappointed plenty of times, but time and time again I quickly learn that there will be others like it.


7. This one is just a personal belief, but I don’t like to haggle at charitable stores like the Habitat for Humanity ReStore, Salvation Army, Goodwill, etc. To me, it just feels wrong.

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The most important part of vintage shopping? Have fun! If you’re like me, you’ll quickly find that haggling is not only an exciting game, it’s addicting!

You can follow my complete home restoration starting here. Thanks again for having me, Mary! 🙂