Garage sales can be a lot of fun. They are great for getting rid of things you no longer need or want plus it’s a great way to make a little extra cash. Here’s how to have a successful garage sale from someone who’s had several successful garage sales.
Picking out the perfect date.
The first thing to plan when having a garage sale is what day and time you want to have it. Typically I mostly see garage sales on Saturdays. Some people will have a garage sale both on Saturday and Sunday though. This is great for those who are having a very large garage sale so in case when most things don’t sell on Saturday there’s another extra day to sale the remaining items. Spring is a great time seasonally to have a garage sale. I don’t particularly like going to garage sales in the summer because it’s too hot. Spring time has very pleasant weather and should attract more people. When picking the exact date make sure to look at the weather forecast to make sure it’s not going to rain. As far as the time goes, make it realistic for you. Just remember you need time before the garage sale starts to set it all up so don’t have the start time too early in the morning if you have trouble waking up that early.
Clearing out your house for garage sale items.
You should give yourself at least a week to find all the items in your house that you want to sell. If you really want to get rid of a lot of stuff you might even want to give yourself a month. You don’t want to find stuff to sell last minute because you may end up getting rid of something you truly didn’t want to get rid of just yet. When finding things to sell at your garage sale there a couple ways of going about it. For clothes this is a great time to get rid of clothes you haven’t worn in a long time and clothes that just don’t fit. For things in the kitchen, again this is a great time to get rid of things you haven’t used in awhile. If you have a lot of different small appliances think about when you actually used each one last. If you only use these appliances once a year or less, you may want to consider getting rid of it. For knick-knacks and figurines first look them up on eBay. This will give you a chance to find out how much they are worth, which may end up making you want to hold off from selling them at your garage sale and sell them through another market instead.
Pricing everything beforehand makes it easier on you and the people who come to your garage sale. This also gives you a chance to think about how much you are willing to let the item go for. Try to be reasonable with the prices though because this is a garage sale after all. Leave some room to negotiate the price as well. For an example, if you have a dresser that you are willing to let go for $10 mark it as $15 so there’s room to negotiate. If you have items that you don’t want to budge on the price at all write “firm” on the price tag. If you have an item that you don’t want to bring back into the house after putting it out for the garage sale write “OBO” on it, which stands for “or best offer”. This means you want that item out and are willing to strike a deal with someone for it. I like to mark my items up a couple dollars because these days most people don’t want to pay the sticker price.
Setting up the garage sale to draw attention.
It’s best put the big items up in the front to draw attention. At one garage sale I held a couple years ago we had a very large model ship up front and center to get people’s attention. Many people that came to the garage sale said that they noticed that and that’s why they stopped at our sale. Having items displayed so people can see them from the street gets people’s attention. It’s best to have tables set up at your garage sale and to have like things together. For an example, keep all the clothes in one area, all the kitchen things in another area, and so on. Try to avoid just setting out boxes of stuff. I never stop at garage sales that have things in boxes because to me it says that the items were boxed up for awhile and could contain bugs or have bad odors. A nicely displayed garage sale will attract many people.
Advertising your garage sale.
Lastly you want people to know about your garage sale. If you aren’t comfortable in advertising your exact home address at least put the street down so people can find it. The local newspaper is great for advertising garage sales and so is Craigslist. As for signs for your garage sale make sure that they can be seen from a distance. You don’t need to go into full detail on the signs. All you really need is the words “Garage Sale” and an arrow. To attract the most attention use a bight neon colored background and write with a thick black marker. Make sure the arrow can be seen far away. If people can’t read the arrow they won’t be able to follow it. Also make sure it looks neat and is not written on a torn up piece of cardboard as this gives the perception that your garage sale may be filled with junk.