Date Online: 29th May 2018 16:45
Modified: 14th January 2019 22:05
If you want to sell as much as possible in a garage sale, first be aware that it is not enough to simply put a price on things and wait for passersby to buy them… A garage sale requires some organization and therefore needs to be planned. Follow these recommendations and your efforts won’t be in vain!
The first step towards a successful garage sale is the choice of items that you no longer use and therefore want to sell, keeping in mind that they must be in good condition still so that their new owner can use them without any inconvenience. This laborious task can take a few hours but, when done well, it will make your house feel “lighter” right away! Afterwards, classify these items by categories (clothing for women/men/children, shoes, jewelry, household appliances, kitchen, decoration, furniture and so on).
Setting the price of each item is a crucial step for a successful garage sale. Try to remember how much you paid for them and see how much they sell for now (for new); This way, you’ll be able to price them fairly. And remember that friends, family members, neighbours and acquaintances might swing by… and they will expect a discount. Ideally, prices should leave you some leeway to apply discounts while still proving beneficial for you.
Get in touch with friends and family living in the area; They probably have stuff they want to get rid of too! The more diversified your garage sale is and the more choices it has, the more passersby it will attract! Everyone wins!
Note… It is better to put a price tag on each item. Most people will be too shy to ask for the price of the object that caught their eye and will end up leaving without buying anything. Items with easy-to-read price tags attract attention!
The success (or failure) of your garage sale depends a lot on when you set it up… Of course, it is better to plan your garage sale on the weekend; People have more free time to shop when they have the day off. On the other hand, a lot of people think of long weekends as short vacations; Thus, your neighbourhood might not be as busy on these days.
Stay informed… Some municipalities allow garage sales on certain days only. Read about your city’s rules! It would be unfortunate to have to close shop after so much effort…
Advertising is another key to the success of your garage sale. A few weeks before the scheduled date, start promoting it on social media and invite your friends to share the news. This way, word will spread without too much effort!
The power of social media is greater than we think… Be original with your publication; Get people interested by posting pictures of items that will likely be coveted (shoes that look new and are still in style, beautiful jewelry, practical kitchen tools, etcetera) or by listing what people can expect (baby clothes, books, collectibles, vintage accessories, jewelry, etcetera).
Design a nice and colourful poster with the date, address and time of your garage sale. Print a lot of copies on quality paper at the photocopy centre. Then, a few days before the scheduled date, pin them on local convenience stores’ and grocery stores’ bulletin boards, and tape more to stop signs around the neighbourhood.
The day of the garage sale, make your house stand out by decorating it with banners or balloons that will catch the attention of passersby who might not have seen your posters before!
Negotiating prices at garage sales is a classic—and part of the fun! Keep an open mind and don’t forget to set prices that give you a little leeway to negotiate with hagglers. It is better to sell something at a lower price than not at all… Also, if a customer is happy with the outcome of the negotiation, he is more likely to buy even more stuff! However, avoid never-ending negotiations; These are rarely a good idea in the context of a yard sale. Most purchases at a garage sale are impulsive. You don’t want buyers to change their minds!
If you have a dog, no matter how tiny it is, it is recommended to leave it inside the house during your garage sale; Some people don’t like dogs to the point that they will actually turn around to avoid them. Besides, on very hot days, your dog may be less friendly and patient as usual, especially with overly affectionate and excited children. For these reasons, just keep Buddy inside!
If some items have not found a buyer during your garage sale, you still have a few options; There are many charitable organizations that accept donations of clothes and furniture. Some might even pick come to your house to collect them!
These tips will definitely make your garage sale a great success!
How to get rid of objects you no longer need and make someone else happy? Two words: Garage sale!
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