Sunday, April 17, 2011

Tips for a Successful Garage Sale

I love garage sales!  Guess I get that from my Dad.  Part of me likes just looking at other people's junk, but the real thrill comes when you find something you want at a great deal!  I also like having a garage sale.  It allows me to clear out stuff we no longer needs and puts some extra cash in my pocket.

Holding a garage sale, however, take some time and effort in order for it to be successful.  I have comprised a list of tips to help you hold a successful garage sale.

  1. Hold you sale early in the year.  You will draw a larger, eager crowd.  Remember, there are garage sale fanatics who have been cooped up all winter, just itching to get out and get a bargain.  By holding your sale early in the season, there will fewer sales that people have to go to, so the likelihood they will stop by yours will be greater.
  2. Advertise.  Spending a few dollars to get listed in the local paper is worth it.  But don't forget to advertise on Craigslist, too.  It is great because it is free, your ad can be as long as you want and you can even add pictures if you wanted to.
  3. Organize your sale.  Keep toys with toys, household items with other household items, books with books, clothing with clothing.  Don't mix tools in with household items.  Or toys with dishes.  Think about how stores organize their inventory.  Make it look nice and neat.
  4. Put things on tables, if you have them.  If you don't, use large boxes or plastic tubs as tables.  
  5. If at all possible, have your sale on Friday, too.  There is a huge crowd of Friday shoppers and historically, we have always sold more on Friday sales than Saturday sales.
  6. Consider having friends or neighbors go have a sale with you.  Multi-family or street sales draw in bigger crowds, plus, you can split the cost of advertising.
  7. Signs are important.  Post signs at major intersections all the way to your house.  It is a good idea to get your signs up a day or two in advance.  Don't neglect signs in your neighborhood directing them to your house.  I like to use some neon colored signs.  They stand out and makes them easier to follow, especially if there are other garage sale signs.  
  8. Hang your clothing and sort by size.  People are less likely to dig through a bin of unsorted clothes to see if you have something in the right size.  Clothes hung are easier to go through and look nicer, too.
  9. If you see someone hesitating on an item, be assertive and tell them that you will sell it for less.   After all, the goal is to get rid of something.  It is better to sell it at a lower price then have it leftover.
  10. Do your research beforehand.  Certain items will sell for great prices.  This is especially true of outdoor toys, strollers and baby equipment.  I would also suggest even running an add on Craigslist specifically for these items.
  11. Know what sells well at garage sales.  From my experience, tools, hunting/fishing equipment, musical instruments, children's clothing, furniture, plants and toys sell well.  If you have these items, list them in the ad to drawn in a crowd.
  12. Offer people discounts for purchasing multiple clothing items.
  13. Keep an eye on any pricey smaller items.  Unfortunately, their are dishonest people out there who will pocket what they can when you are busy with another customer.
  14. Be prepared to haggle.  Most people do not offer the bottom line.  They will generally offer less and will pay a little more than they offer.  Instead of immediately agreeing to what they offer, consider meeting them halfway.  If you can see they don't want to pay that much, you can always go lower.
  15. Be nice.  Everyone likes a smiling face.
  16. Have fun!
I hope you enjoyed my tips.  If you have any tips, please share them with me.  Or if you have a good garage sale story, I'd love to hear it!

1 comment:

John said...

Here are some more tips for garage sales:

Garage sale tips

Enjoy! ;-)

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