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What did you do that made your....

garage sale a success? I am planning on having my first garage sale soon and I want to know what are some things you did or sold to make it successful? Ive found some helpful tips online but I just wanted some of yours. The majority of things I plan on selling are some household items, boys clothes, boys toys, womens clothes, knick knacks...etc....

What sold the best at your garage sale and whats the best price range to mark things in? How did you advertise to get people to come?

Any suggestions would be helpful.....

Thank you in advance....

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Asked by Anonymous at 11:39 PM on Jul. 23, 2009 in Home & Garden

Answers (6)
  • Put a list of the things up on Craigslist first, as a preview. Let people know when and where they can come to your garage sale in the ad.

    Answer by timelessglass at 11:43 PM on Jul. 23, 2009

  • First put your garage sale in the paper .People will prepare and come with money just to see what you got.and house stuff sold the best wooden spoons and glass containers .I hunt for for black white and clear kitchen items .

    Answer by hush84 at 11:44 PM on Jul. 23, 2009

  • use buzzwords of name brands. signs and balloons can never be too many, tacky, or bright.
    price your BEST few things a little high.... in particular those slightly bigger things people will see when they do "drive bys".... price it high to keep it around longer and make people get out of their car to come look, haggle, buy

    Answer by hibbingmom at 1:55 AM on Jul. 24, 2009

  • overpricing will kill ya every time. have the items neat and clean and clearly visible without the customers having to wade through your stuff. be willing to take what someone offers early. time and storage space are money too, get rid of that stuff quickly and enjoy the rest of your day.
    furniture and kitchen items always sell first. kids shoes that are in good shape sell well too.
    good luck!

    Answer by jewjewbee at 8:27 AM on Jul. 24, 2009

  • Strategic placement of things is key. Put big ticket items and children's toys in the driveway out front so people see them. Place your items in a way that makes sense...i.e. children's clothing together, women's clothing together, etc. Keep pricing simple and low cost. If people see high prices on a couple of items, they won't stay to look at everything.

    Advertise on Craigslist, the newspaper, etc. Put BIG signs leading people to your house, especially if you're in a subdivision. People will not spend all day wandering around a neighborhood looking for your house.

    Here is another great tip : If it's a hot day, and you have children, let them sell cans of soda and bottles of water for 50 cents each. You have no idea how thrilled people were to see cold water and sodas for sale. We more than made our money on the sodas and water. We probably doubled our profit. And people stayed and looked longer too!!

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:20 AM on Jul. 24, 2009

  • make sure they take the big stuff when they go..don't allow them to come back for it later. sometimes they don't! and you could've sold it 5 times!

    Answer by thehairnazi at 9:34 AM on Jul. 24, 2009

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