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Tips for Hosting a Successful Garage Sale

posted by Marissa April 20, 2016 0 comments

Did your spring cleaning result in a full house organization spree, leaving you with piles of stuff you now have to figure out what to do with? You’re not alone! Just because you don’t want or need those items any more doesn’t mean someone else won’t, and they’re probably willing to pay for it, too!

Aren’t sure you are up for a garage sale? Trust us, it can be as low key or as involved as you’d like. Here are some basic tips…

  • Start early: Garage sale goers love to get an early start to the day so consider starting by 8 am
  • Prep in advance: Serious buyers will inevitably show up 15 minutes before you “open,” so plan to price everything the night before and start placing your items out a couple hours in advance.
  • Advertise:
    • Free ad on Craigslist
    • Create a Facebook event and share it with your friends and any local groups you’re a part of, such as your neighborhood page
    • Post fliers and signs on busy street corners not far from your house a day or two before your sale (just be sure to check your city’s ordinances for signage rules and be sure to remove them after the sale)
  • Have cash: Anticipate people paying in $20s, so be prepared to make change and have a lot of smaller bills on hand
  • Categorize: Group like items together for easy shopping
  • Strategically locate your merchandise: Place your best items at the front of the sale to entice people to enter and take a closer look

There are two strategies to having a garage sale and in order to figure out which garage sale method is right for you, you must ask yourself what your end goal is.

Method 1: The Purge

If your end goal is to rid your home (and garage of course) of excess stuff and making a bit of money at the end of the day is just icing on the cake, this method is for you.

  • Price your merchandise right
  • Your goal: don’t let anyone walk away empty handed. Make it a deal they just can’t pass up
  • Be willing to negotiate and accept lower prices than you have items marked for
  • Incentivize: if you have several low-dollar items, offer a “10 items for $___” table to move a higher quantity of items at a time

Method 2: Payday

If your end goal is to walk away with as much money in your pocket as possible, try these steps:

  • Take a look at your inventory and see if you think anything is worth selling on Craigslist or VarageSale.
  • Furniture, work out equipment and items that are overall a bit more valuable tend to go for more online.
  • This will take some more effort on your part to post the ad, field inquiries, potentially do negotiations, and make time to show the item to interested buyers.
  • Once you’ve cleared the big ticket items, move forward with your garage sale.

Garage Sale Golden Rule: Nothing from your garage sale goes back into your home! Whatever isn’t sold should immediately be boxed up and put into your car and driven to your local Goodwill or favorite charity.

Planning a garage sale? What are your go-to strategies?

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