While some people have garage sales on the spur of the moment, this can leave them ill-prepared and their sales unsuccessful. Putting a little advance thought to your garage sale could have you on the right track for some decent profits from your sale efforts. It doesn’t always take a lot to get your garage sale off on the right foot. And getting ready for garage sale season a month or two in advance can make your life easier when the time to sell rolls around.
When going to a garage sale, it can be nice for attendees to feel like there’s some sort of organization to the sale. It not only makes it easier for them to look but feel as though you’re someone who cares about what they’re selling.
Like being in a store, it can also be nice for you to have some organization to your sale as this can make it easier to point things out to shoppers and find things when helping people look for particular items. But getting set up in this way can take time and effort. Putting some energy toward pre-sorting can make this process easier though.
Dividing your garage sale items ahead of time into categories such as kitchenware, clothing (dividing by sex, age, seasonal, etc.), tools, toys, sporting gear and equipment, etc. can make the process of getting set up when sale time comes along a little bit easier.
Putting a date or at least a timeframe to when you’d like to have your sale can make garage sale preparation somewhat clearer. Not only can you avoid conflicts with things like travel plans or other obligations, but if others (family members, friends or neighbors) with be partaking in the event with you, it can help them get organized and prepared for a pre-planned date as well. This can keep last-minute scrambling to a minimum, help get advertising in place ahead of time, and allow you to check weather forecasts as the date nears so you avoid having your sale rained out.
You likely won’t find yourself selling everything you put out at a garage sale. Having a plan for what you’ll do with this stuff after the sale can help you keep messes to a minimum and decrease the chance that these items linger on tables out in the garage long after the sale has ended.
Consider dividing your leftovers into categories. You could have a category for another garage sale if you’re planning to have one down the road. If the items are in good condition, you might consider resale or consignment stores for them. Otherwise, area charitable organizations might be another option for things like clothing, toys and home goods. Having a clear vision for where your leftover sale items are going can make the cleanup process after the sale a little easier to tolerate.
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