Thursday, May 22, 2014

Having A Garage Sale? Here Are Some Tips!

Garage sale season is here! With all the stuff in my house, I keep finding stuff to get rid of! I had a garage sale a few weekends ago and since this isn't my first garage sale, let me give you some tips!


1. Price to sell! The goal of the garage is to get rid of your stuff to someone who needs it more. Price your items to sell. Yes you want to make some extra money too, but I find that people will rarely pay more than a quarter of the price unless it is a high quality item. Then they might pay half-price. Do not expect full price for your used and barely used items. More than likely they will not sell. Also, offer to negotiate.

2. Have plenty of cash ready to go. I usually start with $80 worth of change. I like to have a $10 roll of quarters, $40 in ones, and $30 in fives. This seems to be sufficient to make change on almost anything.

3. Have a garage sale with a friend or many friends! The more stuff, the better the garage sale! Ask your friends if they would like to join you. You might find out that some people only have a few things to sell - not enough to have their own, but combined with someone else would be a fantastic sale.

4. Have your garage sale in a clean, dry place. Sometimes you have to use what you have, but try to make it clean and presentable. I know my garage needs work so this year we had our garage sale at a local church. I have also had garage sales with friends at their garage to make the most of the situation.


5. Group items together. As you can see in the picture above, we had a lot of boxes on two of the tables. I had grouped things together to sell. I do this with toys especially so people can easily take the items with them. I offer one price on that group of toys.


6. Organize well. Group similar items together. Price everything you can. Hang up shirts and coats to improve visibility. Continually straighten up your items to make the sale look good!

7. Advertise, advertise, advertise! Take part in your community sales so you can get on the maps that are given out. Advertise your sale on Craigslist, Facebook, Twitter, and any other place that is free. Promote your sale throughout your sale.

8. Offer food for sale. If you have time, offer sandwiches and chips if the garage sale is over the supper hour or offer rolls if the garage sale during the morning. People love this and you can make a decent amount of side income. This year, we offered pulled pork sandwiches and chips which went over smashingly!

I hope these tips help you in your garage sale! If you have any questions or any other tips to add, please do in the comments!

Thanks for reading!
Erica

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