So…it’s spring!! And if you happened to follow the tips on our blog from last week, you’re thinking about a little spring cleaning (or maybe you’ve just checked that off your list!). If you’ve gone through all the closets and cupboards in your home and discovered that it’s time to lighten your load, we have some tips here for organizing one very fine garage sale. Not only will you save Mother Nature from more junk at the city landfill, but you’re likely to put a smile on customers’ faces (who doesn’t love a bargain?!) and score a pretty little profit for yourself. It’s a win-win-win!
Here are a few tips to get you started on the path to garage sale success:
- Advertise. Post a few stake signs in the neighborhood, tack up a flyer inside your local coffee shop or email all the parents from your kid’s school. Make sure your materials have your address, date and time posted clearly. Oh, and be sure to retrieve all the signage and dispose of it properly AFTER the garage sale – otherwise, you’re just littering.
- Start earlier. Even if you post that your garage sale will begin at 9 am, get ready for early birds to arrive at least an hour before the scheduled start. Because if there’s one thing garage sale fans know, it’s that the good stuff goes first.
- Display makes a difference. You’ll want to group similar things together (glassware in one place, linens in another, clothes together and books elsewhere) – like you would find them in a store. This makes items easier to shop and more enticing to purchase.
- Price items to sell. You might think your much-loved first set of dishes is worth 50 bucks, but to a stranger, the top price might only be $15. People shop garage sales because they’re looking for bargains. It’s also a good idea to mark every item clearly, as some customers might not know who to ask for a price or they might feel shy. If the item carries a price tag, they’re more apt to buy.
- Always gather your inventory. If you’re not quite ready to clear out your entire house or if you don’t have enough items for a real sale, you can slowly start collecting items you no longer use or want and put them in a designated location. Review your home again in six months to a year, and you’ll likely have enough items to host your garage sale. Another great idea is to organize a garage sale with a friend, group of friends or neighbors. This way, you’re sure to have enough stock, and you’ll likely attract more customers.