It’s almost summer, the weather’s warming up and more people are outside working on their fitness, tans, and gardens. Which means it’s the perfect time to throw a yard sale to earn a little spending money and clear out all that junk you don’t really need any more. Here are a few tips to make your garage sale the best on the block!
What’s that old saying? Planning makes perfect? Yup, that’s the one. Before you start gathering the neighbors and putting up flyers, you need to make sure that a garage sale would even be worth the effort. Are you only looking to sell a couple of old Pogs and a hockey puck your brother swears Wayne Gretzky touched one time, then maybe you should take your wares to a pawn shop or eBay. But if you’re looking to sell a significant amount of stuff, then full steam ahead towards Garage Sale Island! Make sure you have everything you want to sell clearly marked, signs advertising your sale, and tables to display your lovely goods.
While your still in the planning phase, start pricing your items. Browse local thrift stores or other garage sales to see where the price points for certain goods are. Depending on the item and your area, your price might be anywhere from $0.25 to $100. A good tip to remember is that people who peruse garage sales like to haggle, so purposely set your price a bit higher so it won’t hurt to knock off a few bucks.
The more the merrier is the rule of thumb at a garage sale. Collaborating with your friends, family, and neighbors is a great way to ensure more products, larger crowds, and more money for everyone! Just make sure that you have a space large enough to throw the sale. Do you and your neighbors have a couple of kids? Put them to work selling lemonade or brownies! Especially if you’re new to the area, garage sales can be a great way to get to know the neighbors!
The week leading up to the big day, start collecting all the additional equipment you may need at your sale. Stuff like tables, boxes, grocery bags, clothing racks, price tags, etc. may be necessary to make sure your garage sale goes off without a hitch. Going to the bank and exchanging a couple of 20s for small bills and change is crucial, so make sure to put that at the top of your priority list.
Finally, start advertising! While you’re gathering your extra supplies, hang up fliers or post signs around the neighborhood and along major roads. Make sure they’re easy to read and that the information’s right. Nothing would be worse than going through all this effort to realize that you misspelled the name of your street. If you really want to spread the word, list your garage sale on Craigslist or garage sale websites like Yard Sale Treasure Map.
Now you’re ready to throw the biggest and best garage sale in the history of the universe! Or at least in your neighborhood. Have fun!