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We know it’s a cliché “One Man’s Trash Is Another Man’s Treasure”. Reorganizing your house? Moving? Whatever the reason maybe a garage sale is a wonderful way to transfer the knickknacks into $cash$, and to save you the money of moving those unwanted items. For your convenience, we put together some tips to better assist you in conducting a successful garage sale.
Getting Started
Start going through your attic,garage, basement and all places possible in your home to collect items that are no longer in use
A good rule to follow would be: if you haven’t used the item for more than 3 years – sell it!.
Check with your association/complex office or any other authority for restrictions regarding a yard sale/garage sale
Keep in mind that some authorities have restrictions regarding placing signs as well.
Advertise! Advertise! Advertise!
This is one of the most important tips we can give you. You can advertise online, local news paper, bulletin boards, share it with everybody you can, etc.
Watch out for Holidays!
When picking a date for the garage sale to take place – keep in mind not to choose a holiday weekend. Most people travel at this time and you will have few visitors if any.
Make sure you have enough parking spots available for the buyers.
If you do not have; then try talking to your neighbors, they might be able to help you.
Decide on a time frame ahead of time (i.e. 9 AM to 3 PM)
Keep in mind to place those hours on you ads.
What To Sell
  • Appliances (Large or Small)
  • Books
  • Baby and child toys, furniture, clothes (make sure to confirm all items are in good and safe condition – if you have even the slightest worry that the items are not 100% safe – please discard.Better safe than sorry!).
  • Cooking and all kitchen items.
  • Jars and bottles
  • CDs, DVDs, videos, etc.
  • Clothes
  • Music Instruments
  • Furniture (i.e.: couches, tables, chairs, desks, cabinets, etc.)
  • Exercise and sports equipment
  • Gardening tools and patio furniture
  • Mirrors and lamps
  • Toys, games, bicycle, etc.
  • Plants (most moving companies will not move live plants).
Doing It Right
  • Make sure that the clothes you want to sell are stain free and hang them neatly on a rack (set them up by sizes).
  • Set up similar items on the same display table or shelf (dishes with dishes, books with books, etc).
  • If possible, have an extension cord available to consumers who want to test the appliances or any other electronic items.
  • Place all CDs, Books or DVDs in a box with the title facing up for easy looking.
  • Even if your dog is very friendly, leave him indoors!
  • Music will make your shoppers much more relaxed.
  • If you are doing your sale on a hot day, consider having some cold beverages for the consumer to buy. You can offer your kids or the neighbor’s kids to set up a lemonade stand (they might make few dollars out of it and it will definitely keep them occupied).
  • Have a measuring tape near by in case a consumer would like to measure furniture.
  • Make items look attractive to the consumers (dust them, iron them, do what needs to be done!).
  • Make sure items that are not for sale are being placed in a safe place.
  • If possible, have at least a person or two present with you on the sale day (to answer questions, keep thieves away, etc.)
  • Keep the house doors closed while the sale is in process.
  • Keep your cash on you at all times!!! Wear a Fanny belt for loose change and keep large bills in your pocket.
  • Keep your display attractive; be sure to fill up the sold items empty spots.
  • Have plastic bags available to the buyers.
You Did It!!! Congratulations you have successfully completed your first garage sale!! What ever is not sold at the garage sale consider donating to non-profit groups like the Salvation Army, Red Cross, Good Will etc. You can also try publishing your goods on Craig’s List, My Space, EBay, Facebook, etc.
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