De-Clutter and Make Money – Host A Garage Sale!

Planning on hosting a garage sale? Remember these tricks of the trade:

1.   Talk to your neighbors!

Ask your neighbors whether they would be interested in organizing a garage sale on the same date as your garage sale. Ideally, organize a community-wide garage sale. More garage sales in your area mean that you will have more visitors, which will result in you selling more of your inventory faster, and for more money.

2.   Determine whether there are any legal requirements.

For example, in many municipalities, you need a license to host a garage sale. This can cost money, but you can split the cost with any friends who want to sell their items, at your garage sale. Alternatively, if you host a community-wide garage sale, the community association may itself pay this cost.

3.   Gather together the merchandise that you wish to sell.

Ask family, friends, co-workers, and basically any person you can think of, whether they wish to sell any items at your garage sale. Shoppers want a variety of merchandise, so try and stock up! One man’s junk is another man’s treasure (those scratched, burnt frying pans are needed by some delighted buyers as cast iron frying pans for camping). Notwithstanding the foregoing, as a general rule, you should be choosy. Don’t take broken toys from your friends or toys that are missing the “essential parts”, likewise, don’t accept torn or stained clothing, defective houseware and so on.

4.   Give yourself time to organize.

Garage sale shoppers’ start early: if you advertise that your garage sale starts at 9:30 a.m., you better plan on opening your garage, ready-to-go by 9 a.m. because you will have shoppers dropping by your house to peruse your goodies by 8:45 a.m. Therefore, start organizing for your garage sale at least 3 days previous and have your garage completely organized the evening preceding the sale. In the morning, pull your tables out onto the driveway, and you can begin.

5.   Presentation is key.

Make sure that your merchandise is organized in an attractive and logical fashion. It can make a big difference.

6.   Create a busy appearance.

Invite family and friends to visit you during the course of the day. It will make your day run faster, and more importantly, it will make your garage sale more attractive to prospective shoppers.

7.   Involve your children.

You might think that you have to ship off your children to spend the day with a friend because they will be bored. You might be surprised… assuming the children are of an age where they do not require constant supervision, gain their interest by involving them in appropriate aspects of the garage sale. For example, have your children place the stickers on the merchandise, or have them place the change into the change-purchase at the back of the garage.

Lastly, keep refreshments handy.

In particular, keep fresh, cool water nearby and appropriate snacks to keep your energy and spirits high.


Cleaning House To Prep For Your Garage Sale

You’ve decided that it is time to de-clutter the house, but the task of sorting what needs to stay and what needs to go can be overwhelming. One of the best ways to clean your house and reap a profit is to organize your clutter into things that can be sold at a garage sale. It is true that holding such a sale is not an easy task, but when you think of the impact that throwing things away will have on the environment, and the money that can potentially make an impact on your wallet, holding it becomes a much more viable option. Use the tips and tricks below to help you clean your house for your garage sale so that it will be a success.

Go Top to Bottom
The best thing to do when starting to clean is to move from the top of your house to the bottom. In the case of clearing out the clutter, that means starting in the attic and moving down. You may be tempted to skip the attic, but there is a treasure trove of items in there that will sell well at a garage sale. Remember that old clock that you received for the holidays, but that just is not your style? In a garage sale, it may sell very well and give you enough money to purchase a newer, electronic clock that is more to your liking. As you work down from the attic, move onto bedrooms, the main floor, and the basement. It will take awhile to get through each level of your home, so start sorting and cleaning well in advance of your garage sale date.

Put it in Piles
The trick to cleaning for a garage sale is to sort things into three piles. You will have a pile of things that you are going to keep, things that will be going to the garage sale, and a pile of trash. Be ruthless about your decisions about what will stay and what will go. In the same fashion, throw away things that are broken or beyond repair, as no one will want to buy your junk any more than you want to keep it. As you sort, move the garage sale items to the garage or shed where you can store them until the sales day. The difference in the lack of clutter will amaze you and keep you motivated.

Once everything for the garage sale has been moved out of the house, evaluate the things that remain. You may find that some of the items that you had decided to keep would be better off in the garage sale pile. Do not hesitate to add to the sale pile if you find things that need to go. With fewer items in the house, you will find that organizing and rearranging things is a lot easier. Take the time to carefully sort through every aspect of your home. If your garage is overflowing with potential sale items, you can opt for a two-day sale to get rid of everything.

The garage sale is the best way to earn some cash for those items you do not need in your house anymore. So, while cleaning your house, you should pack and arrange those items for garage sales instead of disposing of them. You will be amazed at how much you will make from them.

Turn Your Unused Stuff Into Cash – 5 Tips For a Successful Garage Sale

Ever tried selling your unused stuff by having a garage sale? If you’ve tried but failed or haven’t want to try it, read on to find out how to have a successful garage sale. Without planning and preparation, your first sale might not go well and might be a disappointment. Yes, you can make money from a garage sale, but you must put time and effort into the sale. So, taking this into consideration, the following factors will enable you to have the most exceptional yard sale:

  1. Spread The Word
  2. Whenever you plan on having your sale, advertise a day or two in advance in your local paper, online classifieds, or a local social media group. You’ll also want to post signs on major streets in your area on the morning of the sale, making sure that the information you’re posting can be read from a distance.

  3. Bigger Is Better
  4. Bigger sales attract more people. When you have more goods or stuff for sale, then more people will want to be part of your garage sale. Take your time to go through your stuff and get rid of as much as possible. If you’ve got friends or family that want to join you for the day with their own goods, even better!

  5. Price It All
  6. One of the most common frustrations for a buyer at garage sales is not knowing how much the seller is putting the item up for. On the day of your garage sale, you might be busy, so mark all of your items before hand so that customers won’t have to be running after you. Many potential buyers will just pass on an item instead of tracking down the person having the sale. Place a sign along the side of them stating how much the items cost. You might individually price more expensive items in a separate section of your sale or have a one dollar table and a five dollar table set up in one area and then.

  7. Group Similar Items Together
  8. You’ve been to the store, and you’ve seen how attractive they organize their stuff? Then organize your items in the same way a store does. Place cooking products in one area, toys in another, hang clothes on a garment rack (place men’s clothing on one side and women’s on the other). Display books in an open box on its side with the spines facing out.

  9. Have Change Handy
  10. The day before your sale you can visit the bank and exchange large bills for smaller ones and coins, but make sure you write down your starting amount so you can subtract it from the total to determine your profit. You’ll need at least one roll of quarters, dimes, and nickels.

Having a garage sale is a great way to let go of all the items you no longer need and make some money at the same time. However, it can also be a lot of work. Having a garage sale is time-consuming and requires some advanced planning.

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