How to Organize a Garage Sale That Goes Off Without a Hitch. We now have a plethora of options for making money while decluttering thanks to the internet. From eBay to Facebook Marketplace, internet marketplaces make selling unwanted stuff very simple. However, there are occasions when a garage sale makes more sense. Here are some tips for having a more productive and pleasurable garage sale.
Making Preparations for Your Sale
Check with your HOA, if appropriate. Many homeowners’ associations (HOAs) regulate or prohibit garage sales in their neighborhoods. For change, you’ll need a lot of coins and dollars; call your bank ahead of time to see if they still have rolls of coins. When hunting for stuff to sell, don’t leave any stone untouched. People like to see a lot of stuff, and you’d be shocked how many things it takes to fill up a table. To find forgotten items, look through your closets, drawers, attic, basement, and even your storage unit.
When Should You Hold Your Sale?
Because many people are paid at the beginning or end of each month, this is an excellent opportunity to sell your items. You’ll gain greater foot traffic if you link it to a community sale. Start early in the day when the weather is cooler and the early birds are itching to buy something. Finish your sale by 2 p.m., when the majority of garage sale customers have left.
Pricing is a difficult task. While you may not want to give your belongings away, keep in mind that people are looking for bargains. Set an item aside or get an objective second opinion if you’re having trouble pricing it. It’s preferable to sell something for a lower price than to be compelled to donate it or store it in your attic. Some consumers will simply pass on an item if they don’t notice a price, so use inexpensive stickers to plainly price everything. Consider offering a multi-item discount; for instance, a single book for 25 cents or six for a dollar.
Promotion and Presentation
When it comes to exhibiting things, take a cue from retail businesses. Sort similar objects together and clean them as needed. For testing devices, keep an extension cord accessible, as well as a mirror for trying on jackets and accessories. Spend some time creating attractive signs with arrows pointing customers to your house. Your neighborhood dollar store has inexpensive markers, poster board, balloons, and pricing stickers. Promote your sale for free on Nextdoor, Craigslist, and Facebook at least a week ahead of time. Your church’s weekly bulletin, as well as the Yard Sale Search and Garage Sale Hunter websites, are further choices.
Other Helpful Hints for a Successful Garage Sale Include:
Create a relaxing sitting place.
Money from sales should be kept in a cash box, fanny bag, or apron.
Take money (in an envelope) inside on a regular basis.
Plastic grocery bags and newspapers can be used to wrap sold items.
To place objects on the ground or in the driveway, gather old sheets and blankets.
Have a back-up strategy for things that don’t sell. Check with your local thrift shops to see if they provide free pickup for larger items. As your sale draws to a close, let them know you’re open to taking offers on the remaining items.
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