Are you thinking of selling some of your stuff in a garage sale? Although it’s a lot of work, garage sales can be a big motivator for families that want to declutter or downsize. Here are some ideas for making the most of your garage sale:
How to Prepare for a Garage Sale
- Time it right. If your neighborhood or community has a yard sale day, have your sale then! Shoppers love to come to neighborhoods where there are a lot of sales going on at once, and you won’t have to do as much to promote your own sale.
- Aim for the beginning of the month. A lot of people get paid at the first of the month, so if you can time your sale close to that, it might help your sales. Avoid having a garage sale on a holiday weekend, because a lot of people will be busy or out of town.
- As you get rid of stuff in your house, set it aside in a garage sale box. I keep a set of price stickers by my garage sale boxes, and I price things as I put them into the box. That cuts down on a lot of work when it’s time to set up for the sale.
- Hang up clothes you’re selling. People are more likely to buy them if they’re easy to see and look like they’re in good repair. Be prepared for people to ask for the hanger too. It’s okay to use old wire and plastic hangers that you got for free.
- Price everything. Sometimes people feel awkward about asking for a price, and they’ll pass an item up instead of asking about it. Make sure it’s clear how much everything costs.
- Price stuff low. If your aim is to get rid of stuff, make sure you’re pricing it to sell. If you price things too high, you’ll end up with a lot of stuff to haul off to the donation center.
- Clean stuff up. Make things look as clean as possible.
- Cover things that you aren’t selling. Otherwise, people will want to buy them. I know, this is totally contradictory to #5, but it’s true.
- Put like items together. It makes it easier for shoppers to find what they’re looking for
- Display things on tables if you can. It just makes it easier for shoppers to see. Put the toys on a blanket so kids will be able to see them.
- Have a lot of change and small bills. You’ll need to make a lot of change.
- Instead of putting money in a cashbox, use a fanny pack. That way, no one can walk off with your money without you knowing about it.
- Have bags and boxes ready for customers. Make it easy for people to walk away with all of their purchases!
- Don’t let anyone in you home. Put up a sign that says “No Public Restrooms.”
- Make large signs for big ticket items. I like to put big ticket items out on the driveway so when people drive by, they can see them, and see the price. I’ve sold a few items to people while they’re sitting in their cars!
- Price items in 25 cent increments. This makes making change a lot easier, and you don’t have to have a lot of different coins on hand.
- Have an extension cord set up. This way, people can test out electronic items.
- Put up signs, and make them easy to read. You’ll get a few extra customers that were just driving around and saw your signs.
- Be prepared for early birds. People will try to knock on your door before your sale starts if they know you have an item they’re interested in buying. If you don’t want early birds, put a sign on your door or garage door that says “No Early Birds.”
- Schedule a donation pickup for after the sale. That way you won’t have to put away all of the stuff you didn’t sell.
Do you have any tips for getting ready for garage sales?
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