Having a garage sale can be a great way to get rid of some stuff and earn extra cash in the process. However, with the kids running around and getting in your way, it can make an already busy day of setting up and selling, even more hectic. Therefore, here are a few ideas to help keep the kids occupied and maybe even productive during your garage sale.
Give them little jobs
Small jobs can be a great way of not only keeping kids busy on an already hectic garage sale day, but possibly teaching them something as well. Whether it’s counting the money in the cash drawer, pricing items, greeting arrivals to the sale, helping carry purchases out to customers’ vehicles, and similar tasks, such jobs can teach valuable work ethic, salesmanship, and interpersonal skills to kids.
Turn them into mini-entrepreneurs
A garage sale can be a wonderful opportunity to get you child interested in experiencing the entrepreneurial spirit. Whether it’s setting up a table of their own possessions to sell, trying their hand at a lemonade or coffee stand, or partaking in a similar money-making task, the chance to make some extra cash and feel the pride in making their own money could be a great way to keep the kids busy during a garage sale.
Invite friends and family
You might want to take the opportunity to invite other family members, neighbors and friends to your garage sale. Not only can having other sale participants be a great lure to get more customers to your sale, but it can bring along some company for the kids.
Being able to play with friends and family members’ children could keep the kids busy while the parents work at raking in some extra cash on sale day.
Pre-plan games and toys
When the buyers start arriving to your garage sale, you might find yourself inundated with selling, questions, and conversation with little time to spare. Rather than running around like a chicken with its head cut off trying to keep the kids occupied and deal with your sale duties, be prepared in advance.
Having some games set up (board games, outdoor games or even video games if your sale area allows), sports equipment out, or other activities in place for the kids to partake in can keep you from having to break away from your sale – and potential profits – to find things to keep the kids occupied.
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