How to Hold a Successful Garage Sale

We had a 2 day garage sale last weekend. It was very busy and we sold a lot of items we wanted to givea new home to.

To have a successful garage sale you must be of the mind to sell the items at very low prices. It really is not about how much money you are going to make (although it is very nice), it is about clearing your home of all the clutter and things you haven’t used in years. Whatever does not sell-put in your car and give to charity-remember-you don’t want the clutter any more.

1) Go round and pull everything out that you don’t want and place it in a central area for pricing.
2) Go back again and take more items out
3) Get blank stickers and start writing out prices starting at .10 (10 cents). Yes that’s right. remember you want to sell, sell, sell. Then make a lot at .25, .50, .75. Even more at $1.00 and keep going up in increments. stop at $10.00 making a few of those.
Remember to price things low and thing about what you might pay at a garage sale for the item. Sometimes you should price it a little more to have negotiating room.
If you are selling sheets in sets, put them together-flat, fitted & cases. Bind with masking tape and write the size & that it is a set (twin set) & price it real low.
4) Now place stickers on the other items in your central pricing area.
5) Don’t price clothing-just wing it and price low when people ask how much?
6) THE DAY BEFORE GET ROLLS OF CHANGE FROM THE BANK AND A FEW LARGER BILLS-YOU NEED QUARTERS, DOLLAR AND $2.00 ESPECIALLY FOR CHANGE. Keep track of exactly what your initial float was.
7) The night before set up lots tables in your garage (if you have one) and place items on the tables. It’s good to keep
“like” categories together. I found that shoppers liked to look in boxes that had sheets in them.
8) Place an ad in Kijiji and Craigslist the night before. Remember to say what the hours are and your address.
List items that you will have in the sale in a column format. No need to put pictures in.
Start your sale at 8:00 AM and you will find it slows down by about 10:30-then people straggle in-but they do buy. No need to really stay beyond 1:00 PM
Make lots of signs with arrows. Signs bring people in more than anything else. (We had 13 signs). You just need to put
GARAGE SALE
TODAY
Address
and arrows pointing in the direction
Put your signs up about 15 minutes before starting time. It is good to have a second person for that, otherwise you leave your items exposed.

People show up before the time you post on the web. They are looking for vintage jewellery, books, records and CD’s. If you are not in the “know” about your records you are advised to not sell them-you might have some real valuable items. Let them look while you are setting up. They are very serious buyers.

Another way to negotiate on un-priced items is to ask them what they want to pay. Negotiate from there if it’s too low.

As you collect a lot of paper money-keep putting git inside the house.

Good luck. Happy Selling

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