Garage sales can be so beneficial for both the seller and the buyer.
For the seller, they get to unload some of the clutter of things that they no longer need or use, while getting a little change back on it. For the buyer, they get something in good condition for a fraction of the price that they can use or enjoy in the future.
As a seller, you want your garage sale to do well. There are many steps that you should know about how to have a successful garage sale.
Let’s find out how to make it happen in this article!
Finding Items For Your Garage Sale
Before you can have a successful garage sale, you need to have the items for it! The great thing about this is that you don’t have to look any further than your own home.
It’s good practice to go through the items in each room and see what you’d like to keep and what you’d like to get rid of.
Not every item that you don’t want anymore will be good for a garage sale, however. If you have junk or trash, or anything that is broken and cannot be salvaged, be sure to throw it out.
You want to make sure that the items at your garage sale are useful and give shoppers an incentive to buy. Otherwise, you risk losing your customers and having an unsuccessful garage sale.
Here is a list o great items to sell at a garage sale:
- Books, CDs, movies, etc.
- Older electronics
- Trading cards
- Old Furniture
- Unused appliances
- Old or unused clothes
With this list, you’re off to a great start in finding the right items for your garage sale. But don’t stop there! Keep searching your home for other items as well. You may find more things just like these that fit the bill.
What Not to Sell at a Garage Sale
We touched on garbage, trash, or items that don’t work earlier, but there are other things to consider before adding them to your garage sale.
One great example is something of more value than you think you may get for it at a garage sale. Most folks visit garage sales for bargains on things they can use or enjoy in their own lives. Some visit garage sales to get a steal on items where the owner may not be aware of their true worth or value.
The solution is simple: if you come across an item that you are unsure of when it comes to value, do some research or have it appraised.
Items such as jewelry may be harder for you to find the value of, so be sure to take it to an expert. However, if it’s faux jewelry that you’re dealing with, you’re probably fine to sell it at your garage sale. Just be sure to disclose that it is in fact faux.
How to Price Garage Sale Items
One thing to always keep in mind about your garage sale is why folks want to attend. They’re typically looking for a deal on used lightly used items that they can use themselves.
With this in mind, it’s clear that pricing your items at a regular price is not the best way to go about this.
Instead, it’s very often recommended to use the 10% rule. This means that you should price each item somewhere around 10% of its original value.
When pricing, you should keep a few other things in mind as well.
You likely won’t be taking credit card payments at your garage sale, so remember to keep things simple. It’s best to try and keep your pricing in increments of 5 cents.
It can be even easier to round your pricing up or down to the nearest dollar so that you don’t have to try and find the correct amount in change.
If customers can pay with dollar bills, you’ll eliminate much of the hassle of dealing with loose change. Don’t forget to bring some extra bills to make up for anyone who may need change.
Advertising Your Garage Sale
You’ve got the items, you know their worth, now you need to tell everyone where and when the big day will take place.
To reach the most people, you’ll want to advertise your garage sale in a few different ways.
The first, is in-person and locally. You can create some signs for a cheap price by grabbing some blank yard signs from your local hardware store and writing the sale, date, and location on the signs. Put these up around your neighborhood such as on lamp posts to reach folks who are driving by.
This can be especially beneficial on the day of the garage sale.
You can also advertise this by taking it online. Join local Facebook groups and give them all the same information. You can even include a teaser of what will be there for sale in the form of photos or text to get more interest.
Additionally, don’t forget to do this about 2 weeks in advance, and remind folks every few days. You want to catch them before they make other plans and keep reminding them so that they don’t forget about it.
Through this type of advertising, you’ll have lots of visitors during the sale.
It’s Garage Sale Day
You’ve put in all the necessary work to prepare and set up the sale, and the big day has finally come. How can you make it accommodating and easy for everyone?
Firstly take some time before the start time to prepare everything. Put price stickers on each item so that it’s clear to shoppers what each item will cost them.
Try to organize things in groups such as old toys put together on a table or old electronics are put together so that it’s easy for both you and your customers.
If you want to take things an extra step, try offering some refreshments such as water or juice. This can go a long way, especially if your garage sale is taking place on a hot day.
Don’t forget to have some great conversations!
After the Garage Sale
Hopefully, you’ve had a successful day. After the sale is over, you’ll want to see what sold and what didn’t sell. Anything that didn’t sell you may keep until you decide to have another garage sale. Or, another great gesture is to donate it.
Don’t forget to count up the money and put it towards something that you want or need. You’ve earned it!
Now You Know How to Have a Successful Garage Sale
There’s nothing quite like doing a cleanout of your home and getting a little bit of cash for it. You can put that hard-earned cash into something you’ve really been wanting or needing.
Now that you’ve learned how to have a successful garage sale you can get a start on it. We wish you all the success!
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