10 Garage Sale Tips and Tricks for a Successful Sale
How to Organize a Garage Sale for Success
Time to clean out your closets and make a little money! Hosting a garage sale for the first time can be a bit overwhelming, but we’re going to walk you through it to make sure it’s a success.
So, if you’re wondering how to organize a garage sale for maximum effectiveness (and profits), stick around for these garage sale tips and tricks.
P.S. If you’re actually looking for ways to save money with garage sales, check out our garage sale shopping tips.
How to Advertise a Garage Sale
Now it’s quite obvious that you SHOULD be advertising your garage sale, otherwise no one is going to show up. The question is, how do you advertise and promote a garage sale effectively?
Here are our garage sale advertising tips:
- Make Your Location Clear – When I’m scrolling through craigslist, an address or a city isn’t telling me much. Give me a subdivision name at the very least. Even better – give me the nearest major intersection in the title. THEN in your ad, give the address (with basic directions for those who don’t know how to utilize Google Maps!)
- Put up Signs in Your Area – Having signs leading to your garage sale will make it even easier to find. Make sure to check local laws before posting up signs though. Make sure to take them down after the sale as well.
- Go on Facebook – You can advertise your sale or stuff on Facebook Yard sale groups in your area.
Garage Sale Tips and Tricks
- Multi-Family – You’ll attract more people and save money on any advertising costs.
- Start Early – Just start early for those early birds! They aren’t going to come back later if you tell them you aren’t “open” yet!
- Organization -Have things set out on tables and make sure the prices are easily seen. Have a money box stocked with plenty of change (ones and quarters).
- Clean your products – This one goes along with organization, but make sure your products look good! No one wants to buy something that’s dusty or dirty.
- Food/Beverages – Let your kiddos sell some food/drinks… what a fun way for them to make a little extra cash! People love to support kids! OR grill some of those cheap hot dogs you purchased on sale, and serve some soda. Sell it for a $1 or so and you could make an easy profit!
- Expect Bargainers – Before you turn down that offer, realize that something is better than ending the day with that particular item still in your possession.
- Don’t Make it Personal – Remember people are looking at your used stuff. If it is something so great, you can sell it later on craigslist or eBay. Don’t feel bad if no one wants it!
- Set a Goal – Want to pay off some debt? Or are you after a new piece of furniture? It’s a lot more fun and easier to watch your stuff leave in exchange for something you’re wanting.
When we had our multi-family sale last year, we tagged the items with different color stickers (or you could write your initials on the tags).
When an item sells, put the sticker in your notebook that has a column for each seller. In the end, tally up the stickers and divide the money accordingly.
At the end of the day, hosting a garage sale should be fun! Get the family involved, get the neighbors involved, and as long as you follow the tips above, the sales will follow.
If you don’t have all your garage sale supplies yet, check out these useful (and affordable) products:
- Garage Sale Sign Kit with Pricing Labels and Change Apron
- The Hillman Group Garage Sales Tent Sign
- SentrySafe Small Cash Box, Black
What are your tips for hosting a garage sale? Let me know in the comments.
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