How to have a Successful Garage Sale
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How to have a Successful Garage Sale

Posted on Monday, June 16th, 2014 at 7:00 am
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Thinking about having a garage sale?  Here are some tips to help make your garage sale a successful one.What are you going to do with all the stuff that is stored away in your garage or shed? If you haven’t used it in years, it may be time to have a garage sale. Here are some tips about how to prepare for a garage sale and make it a successful one!

5 Tips to a Great Garage Sale

Go through your stuff.
Has it been a while since you went through the stuff that has been taking up space in your garage or shed? Now is a good time to go through it. There may be a couple of things that you want to keep. Throw away (or recycle) anything that is broken. It is unlikely that you will be able to sell it as-is.

Start gathering similar items together. Get a box and fill it with kitchen related stuff. Put the baby clothing into another box. This initial step towards organization will pay off later on!

Put a price on everything.
People are more likely to consider buying something if they know what it costs. Take the time to stick a price on everything. All you need is a marker and a roll of masking tape. Stick a piece of tape on the item and write a price on it.

Don’t make the mistake of pricing items as if they were brand new. People go to garage sales because they are looking for items that are priced incredibly low. Consider making things $1.00, or $0.25. Large items like furniture or exercise equipment should be priced less than $50.00 (or they won’t sell).

Set things up in your garage.
After everything priced, it is time to organize it. Set up some card tables or other foldable tables inside your garage. Fold clothing and arrange it nicely on the tables. Put the kitchen items in a nice arrangement on another table. Like goes with like. Ideally, you want to do this prep work a few days before your garage sale. When you are ready for the garage sale, all you have to do is carry out the tables of pre-arranged items.

Get a cash box.
Where are you going to put the money that people give you after buying your stuff? A cash box is the perfect spot. You can pick one up from an office supply store. This will help keep the dollars and change organized. It is a good idea to visit your bank and pick up some quarters and single dollar bills so you can make change for customers.

Advertise!
Make a Craigslist ad that states the time and date of your garage sale (and your address). Post some information about it on your Facebook page. Put a sign in front of your house. All of these efforts will help attract people to your garage sale.

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