As you bring out the patio chairs, dust off the barbecue, and toss the kids’ toys onto the yard, are you finding that your garages and basements are still full of things you no longer use? Do you have things taking up valuable storage space that you haven’t used in years, but they’re too good to be considered junk and thrown out?
Free your home of the things you no longer use and give them a new lease on life by participating in the community garage sale this Saturday, June 13. The Association has advertised the sale in newspapers and online so shoppers will be flooding our streets looking for great deals.
Never held a garage sale before? Never fear, we’ve got 9 tips to help you prepare for the sale this weekend:
1. Place Large Items In Front
You have about 3 seconds as a car drives by to make a good first impression. Either they will stop or they will keep on driving. By placing all your large awesome items out front, you are telling the driver/shopper that you have awesome stuff and lots of it.
2. Have A Free Pile
Place a large well-marked “free pile” right out front. The lure of something free will get almost any driver to stop. Also, people feel bad stopping and just taking something for free. They will typically find something to buy so they don’t feel bad for just taking the free stuff.
3. Join Forces
To have a really successful garage sale you need to have lots of stuff. The more stuff you have sitting out, the better your chances that people will pull over and shop. Ask extended family members to add items to the sale.
4. Price To Sell
Having a garage sale is the last-ditch effort to make some cash on stuff you are probably going to donate. If it doesn’t sell, you will get nothing for it, so price it low! A quarter is better than getting nothing and just donating it to goodwill. If you are wanting to make big bucks off your stuff and sell it for what it’s worth, list it on ebay or craigslist. Garage sales are for just getting rid of the crap already!
5. Price tag Everything
If you want your stuff to sell, put a price tag on it! Most people won’t ask how much something is. They will just set it back down and move on. If you want to sell it, stick a price tag on it. It takes extra time and energy to price everything, but it is worth it.
6. Keep Your Space Organized
Organization is key when hosting a garage sale. As people shop, corral items closer together. Move shelves closer to the front of the garage as you run out of items. Keep your area clean and tidy.
7. Use Bags To Contain Sets
Plastic bags are a garage sale hosts best friend. I used gallon-size zip-loc bags to keep items with multiple pieces together. For extra large items I used ikea bags and reusable grocery sacks that were clearly labeled with a black sharpie. All the large bagged items sold within an hour!
8. Display Like Items Together
The harder you try to keep like items together, the more you will sell. Have an area for bags, kids stuff, kitchen stuff, home decor, books, furniture, clothes and shoes.
9. Clearly Label Everything
If the price tag on the item wasn’t obvious enough, use tan painters tape and a sharpie to label items even more clearly. Label bags with the contents of the bag and label baskets if everything in the basket was the same price.
We hope this helps… happy selling!