Spring is a perfect time to have a great garage sale! I have many fond memories of “family project” garage sales. Everyone in the family helped and we used the money for a special family item or event. Actually – this is how we bought our first computer!
Let’s Start With These Important Questions:
- WHAT IS YOUR PURPOSE?
- WHEN IS THE BEST DAY?
- WHO IS AVAILABLE TO HELP YOU?
- WHERE IS THE BEST LOCATION?
Make sure you address these issues before proceeding any further! The answers to these questions will clarify your purpose, define your expectations, and fuel your motivation. You will be investing much time and energy in order to have a great garage sale. It really is not worth it if you don’t take the time to adequately prepare.
Before the Sale:
COLLECT ITEMS—Look in every room and closet for items you no longer need, use, or like.
SORT ITEMS—Sort similar items into boxes or laundry baskets.
CLEAN ITEMS—All items must be clean! People buy more at clean sales!
PRICE TAGS—Every item needs a price tag; keep prices simple ($.25, $.50 and whole dollar amounts)
TABLES—Borrow as many as you can! Make it easy for people to see all your stuff.
DISPLAY—Think like a store and group things together. Put smaller items in ziploc bags.
CHANGE—Stop at the bank for twenty $1 dollar bills; four $5 dollar bills; four $10 dollar bills; and a $10 roll of quarters
ADVERTISE—Many options are available—newspapers, bulletin boards, neighborhood signs, and online.
During the Sale:
GREET & WELCOME—Be friendly! Smile! Be helpful! Answer questions politely!
EXTRA HELPERS—Don’t do this alone! Three works well.
DISPLAY—Line your driveway with items that will attract attention and make people want to stop!
MONEY MATTERS—Never leave your cash box or money bag unattended! Take larger bills inside.
FREEBIE BOX—Always a nice touch!
HELPFUL SUPPLIES—Extension cords, tape measure, calculator, plastic bags, boxes
REFRESHMENTS—Cold drinks & prepackaged snacks are always welcome!
SECURITY—Do not allow any customers inside your home. Keep your phone in your pocket.
After the Sale:
DONATE—Do not keep unsold items! Deliver to your favorite charity or schedule a pick-up.
CLEAN UP—Take down all of your signs. Return the borrowed tables.
COUNT YOUR MONEY & DEPOSIT YOUR CASH—Yahoo for you!
ORDER PIZZA & RELAX!!
I used to joke that I only had garage sales every 2 or 3 years. I needed the time in between to forget how much work was involved!! It can be a financially rewarding experience, as well as an educational experience. Take a good look at the things you are trying to sell and remember not to buy them again.
Enjoy having less stuff in your home!
Maybe you have some garage sale tips you would like to share.
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