While we will be working hard to discover great items and bring them to you here at Way2Finds, we also encourage you to go out and make some discoveries of your own. The worst thing, though, is to miss out simply because you didn’t take time to be prepared. That’s why we are offering this checklist.Photography from AmyMeierDesign.com.
- Bring along a large, lightweight tote bag. However if you think you might buy larger items how about brining along a foldable
- While the best finds turn up when you shop these venues with nothing specific in mind, if you need a particular item(s) be sure and bring along any necessary measurements. Information on complimentary furniture such as sofa, coffee table, bed height, etc. may also come in handy. (Tuck in a small, lightweight tape measure for your adventures.)
- Don’t forget that cell phone. It is another way to record the measurements referenced above and of course to stay in touch with fellow hunters. However, it’s also a great way to quickly research a brand or mark before investing in that item.
- Bring along a small notepad, pen, and also a thick marker. The marker can be used to create sold tags on pages in advance, enabling you to quickly mark your purchases. The notebook can also be used for jotting down places where you may want to return later.
- As you hunt through merchandise you’ll be moving around a lot and things like car keys can get lost. Bring along a spare set just in case, don’t find yourself wasting valuable time waiting for a locksmith.
Now that you’re prepared, including keeping your hands and arms as free as possible, consider bringing along these additional items that can be left in the car until needed.
- Carry basic hand tools. These can be very handy when needing to detach a mirror, remove legs, or to make any other adjustments necessary (without harming the piece) to fit your purchase into your car. “Musts” include Phillips and flathead screwdrivers, a pair of pliers and an adjustable wrench.
- Bring along wrapping materials and extra cushioning, if possible. A few boxes or other containers that keep breakables from moving around in car or van also come in handy.
- Include a roll of masking tape. This is handy to help protect glass inserts, keep furniture doors closed or to keep bubble wrap or other packing materials around breakable objects.
- Be sure to have a rope or bungee cords with you. These can be used to secure items on your roof (providing local traffic laws allow this) as well as to keep items from shifting if in a van or truck.
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