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How to Hold a Successful Garage Sale

September 21, 2010

Garage sales can be a great way to rid yourself of clutter, and possible earn a little cash.  This can especially helpful before you sell your home!  Make sure the timing is right since garage sales can take on a life of their own – and it might not be the best use of your energy before putting your home on the market.  Follow these tips for the successful sale:

1.  Don’t wait until the last minute.  You don’t want to be rushed to hold a garage sale the week before an Open House.  Depending on how long you’ve living in the home, and how much stuff you have to sell, planning a garage sale can demand a lot of your time and energy.

2.  Check to see if you need a Permit.  Some gated communities will not allow Garage Sales, or may require a permit from the HOA to hold one.

3.  See if your neighbors want to join in.  Your  Garage Sale can become a block sale, or even a neighborhood community sale.  This can lure more shoppers if you team up with your neighbors.  Ask your Real Estate Agent about sponsoring this sale and maybe doing some advertising for you.

4.  Schedule your sale.  Sales on Saturday and Sunday will generate the most traffic, especially if the weather cooperates.  Start your sale early but don’t be surprised by the early birds.  You can plan your sale starting at 8 am, but they can be there at 7 am.

5.  Advertise.  Place an Ad in the free classifieds and web sites.  In this area, you can advertise in the Pennysaver, the Register online and Craigslist, all for free.  Include the dates and times and address.  Let the public know if certain type of items will be sold, such as baby clothes, furniture or weight lifting equipment.  On the day of the sale, make sure you have plenty of signs out and this is where you Real Estate agent can be of help, too.

6.  Price your goods.  Before the day of the sale, figure out how you are going to price your items.  Be aware that no matter what price you put on an item, a prospective buyer will most likely offer you less.  Put removable stickers with the price on the items, this will help so that not everyone will have to ask you the price.  Remember, garage sales supposed to be bargains, so try to be objective as you set prices.  Assign simple prices to your goods:  50 cents, 3 for $1, $5, $10, etc.

7.  If it’s really junk, don’t sell it.  Decide what is truly worth selling and what’s not.  If it is really garbage or broken, throw it out.  Have an electrical socket close by so that the customers can verify that an electrical item does work.

8.  Check for selling mistakes.  Make sure that the items you want to keep aren’t accidentally in the garage sale pile.

9.  Create an organized display.  Lay out your items by category, and display neatly so customers don’t have to dig thru boxes.  Hang up clothing, if possible and have tables set up with the smaller items on them.

10.  Stock up on bags.  If you have something for the customer to take his purchases home in, he may buy more items.

11.  Manage your money.  Make sure you have plenty of small change and $1 bills for your cash box.  During the sale, keep a close eye on your cash, never leave the cashbox unattended.  A small calculator can come in handy, too.

12.  Prepare your home for sale.  Donate the remaining stuff or sell it to a consignment shop.  Call  Goodwill, or any other company you like and arrange for them to come the day after the sale to pick up what you don’t sell.  This way, you just have to place every item that didn’t sell in bags or boxes and set it out front for them to pick up the next day.

Now that all your clutter is cleared out, it’s time to focus on preparing your home for a successful sale!

2 Comments leave one →
  1. October 3, 2010 12:14 pm

    Hey there, thanks for info.I googled this issue and got only this page.Really helped me ! Farewell, Adam




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