Tips for a Successful Garage Sale
- Having a group sale is better than doing it alone – especially since it’ll attract more traffic to your sale – plus it promises to be fun and easier for all involved.
- If you plan on keeping your garage door open it’s important to block off any areas you don’t want potential buyers to look, as well as place signs that read “Not for Sale.”
- Be prepared. The absolute worst thing you can do, for yourself that is, is waking up the day of the sale only to run around like a chicken with its head cut off trying to get everything ready.
- Be friendly – even when someone tries to low ball you for that $2 toy. While their low ball offer may upset you, it may be all that they can realistically afford, which is why it’s important to not take offense.
- Be willing to bargain. It’s okay to be a bit less flexible right out of the gate but as the day begins to wear down, you may want to consider bargaining with potential buyers.
- Do NOT use a cash box. I cannot stress the importance of this enough. Always keep your money on you at all times. It’s better to use caution than lose out on any potential earnings.
Your Garage Sale Checklist
There are a lot of good ways to announce your upcoming sale – many of which are free. Place an ad in the garage sale category on Craigslist. You can also put out notices in your local Facebook groups (there’s a ton of them). Have a smartphone? Many popular garage sale apps are available for download including my favorite Garage Sale Tracker (iOS and Android).
Post Homemade Signs
Homemade signs that are visible and easy to read are another great way to announce your sale. Signs should be clearly written (don’t write in cursive, please) in large blocks so that drivers can read them easily. Include large arrows that direct drivers to the correct house. Hang these signs the morning of or the night before your sale. It’s up to you.
Place Price Tags on Everything
One of the biggest pet peeves that many garage sale buyers share is when they show up to a sale where no prices are listed. Many buyers are on the lookout for the best deals and will visit more sales than just yours, which means time is of the essence for them. Avoid losing potential buyers by placing visible price tags on everything you plan on selling.
Keep Your Prices Low
It’s also important to keep your prices reasonable. Buyers expect to find low prices on the things they’re looking to purchase, so keep them happy by keeping your prices reasonably low – and again, be prepared to negotiate, as this is just par for the course. Placing clean items in neat rows will often net you the largest return on your initial investment.
Place Big Ticket Items Near the Street
Big ticket items such as furniture, gym equipment and appliances should be placed closer to the street as these items are typically what buyers are looking for. Keep electronics, jewelry and other more expensive items closer to the house (and you). I’ve even seen some sellers that keep these items in a lock case. It’s better to be safe than sorry!
Are your children trying to earn a few bucks to get the newest and greatest toy? Set up a lemonade/water and/or store bought cookie stand — and let them run it. Lemonade/water stands are often more profitable than you’d think – especially on a hot, sunny day – plus your children will have a blast helping out. Even .25$ can add up pretty quickly.
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