How to Organize a Block Garage Sale
Posted on Thursday, June 19th, 2014 at 7:00 am
Want a lot of people to come to your garage sale? One of the most effective ways to make that happen is to have your garage sale the same days as several of your neighbors do. People who hesitate to drive out to where you live may reconsider if they know there are lots of garage sales happening in the same place. Here are some tips to help you organize a block, or neighborhood, garage sale.
Join the existing group garage sale.
Does the town you live in already have an annual neighborhood garage sale? Find out. It is possible that you won’t have to take on the task of organizing one after all. Do some research, or ask around, to see what you need to do in order to be included.
Some towns request that people sign up to be a part of the garage sale. There may be someone who is creating a map to hand out to people who want to shop them all. Get your stuff ready for sale ahead of time, and try and adhere to the days and hours that the organizers want everyone to hold their garage sale.
Talk to your neighbors.
Today, very few people are best buddies with all of their neighbors. You might know a few of them well enough to start talking to them about a block garage sale. Pick a weekend that is not a holiday. Ask neighbors if they want to be a part of it. Point out that everyone is more likely to make sales if they all hold garage sales on the same day. Customers will go from one sale to the next.
Start making a list of the neighbors who want to be included. Give everyone the same start time and close time. Suggest they prepare their items ahead of time. The neighbors you are familiar with might be friends with other neighbors that you don’t know so well. They can help spread the word and get people involved.
Make sure to advertise!
Wait until you have a list of neighbors who are going to participate in the block (or neighborhood) garage sale. Once you have a good idea of how many there will be, it is time to advertise. Contact your local newspaper and place an advertisement. You might want to post an ad on Craigslist. Make sure you put a large, easy to spot, sign at the end of your street.
Your ad should include the location of the garage sales. The name of the street will do. Note the date(s) of the block garage sale and the start and end times, so customers know when to arrive. Don’t forget to remove the advertisements after the big, group, garage sale is over!