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15 tips on garage/yard sales.

Posted by on Jul. 16, 2012 at 8:35 AM
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 1- Pick the right date. Consider having your sale near a common payday and avoid doing it during a holiday weekend.

2- Shop your house for items to sell, walk through and get rid of anything you dont like anymore.

3- Give yourself at least two weeks before the sale to pull and clean all the items.

4- Arrange like items together. Pick a spot in your house and organize things according to function.. kitchen, clothing, books, etc.

5- Tag them. Price them.  If you have an interesting idea about how to use an item put it on it too.

6-Gear up.  Have a calculator, batteries, extension cord, measuring tape... be prepared.

7- Grab attention.  Make your signs big and easy to read, put balloons on them. 

8- Following local ordinances post signs in your neighborhood.

9- Find other ways to advertise. Post online and in local newspapers.

10- Get an extra set of hands.. this is a job for at least two people.

11- Make carry out easy. Have bags and boxes ready.

12- Have change. A day or so before get small bills and coins.

13- Have a $1 basket (or box) near checkout area.

14- Display with care.  Hang clothes, group items like in the stores, place large eye catching items close to the road, cover tables with colorful tablecloths (plastic and inexpensive), put toys and baby items at the back of the sale, use vertical space and put things at eye level with small boxes.

15- Remember to smile. If you are in a good mood, it will show and people will enjoy going through your things, they will be happy to buy what you are selling and you will get to know more people from your neighborhood :)

Do you like going to yard sales?

Have you done one?

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Amy127
by Bronze Member on Jul. 16, 2012 at 8:56 AM
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I helped a friend with hers when I was a teen but never held my own. I would much rather drop off usuable items to our local baby closet or church resale shop.
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yvonne37
by Yvonne on Jul. 16, 2012 at 9:05 AM

 I usually donate things too.. but had many good items and needed the money so I had one this spring.. it was my first one and we did around $400! with stuff that was in our garage...  I donated what was left and will right it off next year ;)

Quoting Amy127:

I helped a friend with hers when I was a teen but never held my own. I would much rather drop off usuable items to our local baby closet or church resale shop.

 

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suziejax
by Suzie on Jul. 16, 2012 at 9:32 AM

This is great!!

michiganmom116
by Gold Member on Jul. 16, 2012 at 1:45 PM
GREAT TIPS!
michiganmom116
by Gold Member on Jul. 16, 2012 at 1:45 PM
I used to be a die-hard yard saler and go every Friday. Now I don't like it.
michiganmom116
by Gold Member on Jul. 16, 2012 at 1:46 PM
I've had SEVERAL garage sales! Don't like doing that now, either.
michiganmom116
by Gold Member on Jul. 16, 2012 at 1:46 PM


Quoting Amy127:

I helped a friend with hers when I was a teen but never held my own. I would much rather drop off usuable items to our local baby closet or church resale shop.

It's sure a lot less work to just donate the items!

elizabooks
by Member on Jul. 16, 2012 at 2:01 PM

I do them every year. I also try and sell at church bazzars....

The only tip I have that is ot already up there is that you should know if you are selling to make money or selling to get rid. Two different things around here. Inexpensive prices will get everyone in and clear you out, but you might not make much. High cost items will make for few sales, but might be more productive.

KNow the bottom amount for any high priced item you might have. FOr example I have a highchair that retails for $100 is a year old and I am asking $40 but to avoid having to haul it away I will accept $20 or $10 if they buy the kids dishware set. ($8)

carterscutie85
by on Jul. 16, 2012 at 2:04 PM
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I love me some garage sales but my pet peeve is people who think they have gold!!

Some people seriously want 7 or 8 dollars for a used outfit. Sure it's in good condition and a name brand..but I can go to The Children's Place or JCPenney and get a brand new outfit for that price.

Stevensmomma
by on Jul. 16, 2012 at 2:27 PM

great tips!

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