I know there are lots of garage sale experts out there.
I am not one of them, but…I have learned a few things from 4 garage sales in the last 10 years and I am here to share them with you
in hopes of inspiring you to have one.Our family earned $305.00 from a 2 day garage sale this year,
and 2 years ago it was $400.00.
Well worth the time & effort I think.
A garage sale can help others in need as well.
I offered to give her the clothes for free, but she insisted on paying.
The sale also inspired me to purge things we
Here are my best garage sale tips:
Organization-pick a day or 2 to have the sale well in advance and begin collecting items in your home and set them aside. Remember to give yourself lots of days to prep. It goes much smoother if you space it out.
I heard from one of our customers that
Make your signs very big and get them out the day before.
Advertise on Craig’s list (free)…this worked wonders.
Clean up your garage and and get the space ready for company.
Group all of your items according to theme such as decor, kitchen, children’s clothes, toys, archery, etc.
I used 2 card tables and then put a large piece of card board in between to help make the table longer and covered it with a table cloth.
We used my dog’s long leash to make a line across the garage to hang clothes on.
Although, I did find “labeling boxes with sizes” worked even
You get the idea. That way it’s more organized.
Set up a children’s area…mine are older, but they had a BLAST.
This lets the Moms shop, while their little ones are preoccupied.
Worked like charm.
Not only did my girls set out their personal artwork, but they also set up Pokemon cards, magazines, and they sold chips, pop, and water. (they got up @ 7:45 am to do this 2 days in a row and looked forward to it… wow)
Label every single item w/ a price tag…
they sell little labels at the dollar store or just use masking tape with a marker.
If you have everyone asking you the price,
you will lose your mind.
My oldest daughter (12) enjoyed printing labels (above).
Use a heating pad while you have someone else label…
my back was hurting pretty bad after gathering all of the items out of the house.
After I had them all organized out in the garage, I sat in that chair you see up on the right with my heating pad and my girls held every item up and I told them what to label it with. It went so much faster than me doing it myself.
Set up a desk…complete with comfy chairs, cash box, stickers, tape, paper, markers, plastic bags, measuring tool, phone, and make sure you have lots of tea made to keep you going.
We ordered pizza at the end for the entire crew 🙂
Have helpers available…at all times 🙂
Set things up like you would in your own home
to make them look appealing.
That was the fun part for me.
My little one drew a picture of how to use these chair bows.
She’s so clever.
Have a secure cash box that has at least $20 change in it to start.
Keep track of what you make.
It helps make it all seem worth it.
Never leave it alone if you have to go inside.
Actually, never leave any part of your sale alone.
Be ready to let go of your things and for less than they are worth to you.
This was one of the hardest lessons for me.
One lady yelled at me years ago for having high prices. EEK!!!
On your last day…
when you are ready…
let customers know that everything is 50% off.A great way to get rid of your leftovers is to give it away at the end.
I gave away tons of great stuff to a family one year that stopped by at the end.
It was a wonderful feeling to help them.At the same time be aware of scams & thieves.
That brings me to my last tip…and possibly my most important…
From personal experience…protect yourself.