Tuesday Tips: 11 Tips For Making Your Garage Sale Great

11 tips for making your garage sale great.


Consider this: the average household has 300,000 items or another way to look at it, there are more things in your home than there are people in Cincinnati. As comedian George Carlin might have said, thats a lot of stuff.

So before the temperature drops and depending on where you live the leaves drop too, its the ideal time to have a weekend garage or yard sale and clear out what you dont need or use.

Here are our top 11 suggestions for a successful sale:

  • Double-check with your municipality. Some require a permit or specify the time of day you’re allowed to have a sale.
  • Give yourself two to four weeks to prepare for the sale. You’ll need to dig through your stuff, decide what you’re selling, and price and organize everything for sale day.
  • If you’re planning a yard sale, rather than a garage sale, have a backup plan in case it rains.
  • If you live in an apartment or condominium, speak to your superintendent or condo board about holding a sale with other residents on the front lawn or in the lobby.
  • If you haven’t used an item in over two years, consider selling it. If you forgot you even had it, definitely sell it.
  • No matter what you think your valuables are worth, everyone else will think they’re worth less. Do research on Google or eBay to see what similar second-hand or vintage items sell for. Tag your items accordingly but be prepared to discount them.
  • Make sure not to use super-sticky tags that might ruin an item when they’re removed.
  • Start early 8 a.m. is a reasonable time to roll up your garage door but remember, no matter what time you advertise, eager neighbors and bargain hunters will show up an hour earlier or even the evening before. Be prepared and be flexible. The purpose, after all, is to sell your stuff.
  • Drop off flyers to all your neighbors and surrounding streets to let them know about the sale and plant a garage sale sign on your front lawn early in the week. Like good gossip, news of garage sales travels fast in most neighborhoods.
  • You’re not just trying to make money, you’re trying to clear out clutter, so offer customers discounts if they take multiple items, for instance, buy 5 items and get an extra 10% off.
  • Have lots of small bills so you can make change easily. If someone insists on giving you 20- or 50-dollar notes, encourage them to buy more items. And don’t accept 100’s, they’re more likely to be counterfeit.

Best day to hold your sale: Saturday

Best time to start: 7 a.m.

Least-loved items: stuffed animals, TVs and magazines

Best-loved items: Tools, collectibles and sports equipment

Finally, 97% of customers leave within 2 minutes if they dont see anything so get their attention!

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