Garage sales are a great way to earn some extra money and free up some extra storage space. My husband and I finally had our very own “Garage Sale Extravaganza” yesterday. I say “finally” because we have been talking about it for quite some time, but going through all the boxes in our garage seemed like such a daunting task! Was it worth it? Well, my back aches, my feet sting and my lips are really chapped…but it was totally worth it!
Would I have one every weekend? Absolutely not! A lot more work went into this sale than I realized. But, you have to put work into it to make it special! Here are some tips to keep in mind when you have yours:
1- Organize! Organize! Organize! Separate and organize everything at least a few days BEFORE the sale day. Put aside the items you don’t think will sell and either donate them to charity or throw them in the trash. DON”T put them back into your closet or garage! After that, organize the sale items into categories: kitchen stuff, electronics, knick-knacks, mens clothes, womens clothes, kids’ stuff etc. This way, you won’t be left scrambling to set things up the morning of your sale.
2- Remember to get about $10-20 dollars worth of singles and quarters the day before the sale. You won’t have any time to go get it that morning, and you’ll need to be able to make change for those early-bird buyers!
3- Advertise it properly. List your sale on Craigslist and other free classified listing sites like www.oodle.com and www.gsalr.com. Choose brightly colored (we used neon) signs and post them around your neighborhood the day before your sale. And, print clearly so people can read them!
4- Make sure you carefully look through the wallets and purses that you’re selling (even the pockets of jackets) to make sure you didn’t leave anything important in them. I inadvertently left an old credit card in one of the wallets I was selling – luckily, I found it before it was sold!
5- If you’re having your sale in the summertime, remember your sunscreen and stay hydrated! It was 95 degrees the day of our sale and we were outside in the sun from 730am-2pm. Needless to say, we drank the whole case of bottled water we bought for the day!
6- Potential buyers love to pick through all your jewelry hoping to find a rare gem hidden among the “junk”. Make sure your jewelry and other small items are kept close to you so no one can walk away with anything!
7- Beware of the neighborhood “lingering lookers” – those chatty neighbors who stroll by, check out everything you’re selling (and I mean absolutely everything!), talk your ear off for 45 minutes and still buy nothing.
8- To price, or not to price? Well, it depends on the items you’re selling. Everyone tries to haggle for the cheapest price – who doesn’t want a great deal? There’s a fine line between standing firm on a price and moving your stuff off your property! Trust me…you’ll start reducing your prices as the day progresses. It’s okay to sell that George Foreman Grill you haven’t touched in years for $3.50. You’re not using it! Remember, you got into this to make some extra cash and free up some storage space. Don’t lose sight of the task at hand!
9- If you have some big-ticket items or collectibles you want to sell, you may get more money for them if you sell them on EBay or list them separately on Craigslist. Research comparable items, post clear pictures and let the bidding begin! (it’s actually quite exciting!)
10- After your garage sale, drive those leftover items straight to Goodwill (or the charity of your choice). Do NOT put them back into your garage! Oh, and don’t forget to drive around and take down all your signs (that’s the ½ tip, in case you were wondering).
Hopefully, these tips will help to make you’re garage sale successful! It’s a great feeling to have some extra cash in your pocket! Happy selling!