Spring is finally here and it’s a great time to de-clutter your life and home by having a garage sale either by yourself or with your neighbors. Even if you’ve never hosted a garage sale before, here are ten tips to make your event easy, fun and profitable!
- Advertise online. Be sure to promote your sale
online in advance. Sites such as GarageSales.com and Craigslist are great free
resources to let people know about your event, as well as what kind of items you'll be selling. Got great tools, electronics or kids clothing? Say so!
- Make good signs. Use bold color marker and make
your print large enough so it can be seen from a distance as people travel by.
Another tip about signage is to include the date on your sign so people know
that it’s current and not an old leftover sign from last week.
- Use as much space as possible. If you have a
driveway use it to showcase items. Place a variety of mens', womens' and kids' items near the street and along the sides of your driveway leading buyers right up into your garage to see what other goodies you’re offering.
- Merchandise by category. Make it easy for
buyers to shop by grouping them into “departments” just like at a retail store.
Arrange your items by clothing, books, power tools, games, toys and household
items, for example.
- Sell cheap! Nobody cares that you bought that
coffee maker for $35, all they care about is getting a deal today. Price items
at a fraction of what you paid for them so they sell quickly. A good guide is
to price items at 25% of the original cost.
- Price by category or price by the entire lot.
Rather than pricing every individual item, make things simple by hanging signs
that say “All books $.50” or “All clothing $1.” Another way to simplify pricing
is to sell small items as a “lot” such as an entire box of glassware, kitchen
utensils, or toys for a single price.
- Make price stickers visible. Help buyers out by
putting your price stickers on TOP of your items instead of on the bottom.
They’re easier to see and buyers won’t have to pick up each item to look on the
bottom for a price.
- Be safe with your money. Start with $100 in
small bills to make change and be smart about handling your money. When things
get busy and you’re distracted, it’s easy for the cash box to walk away, so
instead of a cash box or drawer, wear a fanny pack. Alternatively, team up with
a friend who can wear the fanny pack and act as your cashier while you engage
- Have a donation plan. There will undoubtedly be
items that don’t sell and you don’t want to be hauling them back into your
house. Arrange in advance for your favorite charity to bring a truck on the
last day of your sale to pick up leftover items in exchange for a donation
- Take down your signs quickly. Don’t be an inconsiderate neighbor. Take your directional and promotional signs down immediately after your sale is over.
Bonus Tip #11: Have fun! Mingle with prospective buyers, chat people up, play music and sell cold bottles of water to make your garage the most fun one on your street!