Tips for a Successful Garage Sale

1. Pick a Date – Chose a date and time for your sale.

2. Team up with neighbors! – The more households you have participating, the more draw you will have to your sale.

3. Gather your items – This is a time to de-clutter. Take the time to go through each room, basement, attic, closets & garage, if you don’t use it, it may be time to let it go. You can separate items into piles – keep, sell & toss. This may help things from becoming overwhelming as you go through each room.

4. Advertise – Post your Garage sale details to multiple sites ex:,,, and many others. Post to local garage sale Facebook pages, Nextdoor & Craigslist.

5.Put up Signs – Put up signs at the neighborhood entrances and throughout the neighborhood guiding shoppers to your sale. Many neighborhoods have rules on when/where signs can be put up, please check with your HOA for rules and make sure to take the signs down at the end of the sale. Signs are available for purchase at your local home improvement store.

6. Be prepared. Do you have accessories you are selling? Have a mirror so people can see what they loo like. Do you have electronics you are selling? Have batteries or an outlet so they can make sure it works. Have change. Make sure you lots of small bills and coin so you can make change quickly. Bonus tip – plan to get more than you think you’ll need, better to have it than to need it. One site recommended $75-100 in change $5’s, $1’s & Quarters.

7. Make it look like a store. Make everything look nice and tidy. If you can, have items on tables so buyers don’t have to bend over. Make sure items are clean – take the time to dust off items etc. Wash and hang your clothes – it will be easier to sell items if they are clean. Hang items if you can, customers like the feel of shopping. Group like items together. Kitchen w/ kitchen, toys w/ toys etc. Put big ticket items closer to the street to draw buyers in.

8. Price it right? Recommended to sell items 10-25% of new price. Put prices on the items. Be willing to negotiate. On the last day of the sale consider offering additional discounts. People aren’t looking to spend a lot, items over $100.00 may sell better online

9. Get comfortable – You will be out all day, have sunscreen, a hat, comfortable clothing, snacks and plenty of water.

10. Be Safe – While most garage salers are honest people. Lock your doors while you are out front for the sale & don’t let anyone in your house to use your restroom. Consider keeping large bills in your pocket & don’t leave your cash box unattended.Be leary of large bills (counterfeit) and checks (you don’t want to worry about bounced check fees)

11. Figure out what to do with unsold items. If you would like to have a local charity pick up your items at your home, you can arrange your own pick up, a few options are.
Salvation Army – or call 1-800-SA-TRUCK.
Vietnam Veterans of America or call 1-800-775-VETS.
ARC – or call 1-800-283-2721.
Drop off items to your preferred charity.

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Ten Tips To Have a Successful Garage Sale

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