FINALLY my parents pulled through and we hosted a HUGE and very successful garage sale last weekend. We made over $2000!! Here’s how:
1. SIGNS!!! make enough bright and legible signs to put on main roads in towns with arrows. Draw the arrows AFTER you put them up. Bring a stapler/tape/etc with you when you put them up. My dad and I ran into a pickle when we started to hammer one of our signs into the ground and the paper came off the wood. Beware of town “laws” regarding signs. In my town we are not allowed to hang signs on telephone poles. Also, add balloons! They can be a great eye-catching accessory to a sign.
2. Online Advertising. I think this is why we had a constant stream of people at our sale. A few days before the sale, I posted pictures of my signs on facebook and told my friends to spread the word. I also posted sale details on ebay classifieds as well as craigslist.
3. Clean the dust off your crap. I really want to buy that pan with the dirt crust on it. – said no one ever.
4. The garbage can is your friend. Please don’t be like my dad and sell a broken vacuum cleaner!!! (Sold it for $15…guy returned it next day. Then my dad sold it again to a lady for $10. It can probably be fixed but not worth it.) Throw away your broken stuff and stuffed animals that won’t have a chance.
5. Don’t price. I know there are some that will disagree but negotiating is all the fun in it. If someone is interested in one of your treasures, they’ll ask how much. Just make sure you’re close by. Don’t forget to smile!
6. Don’t be greedy. The point is to get rid of clutter. Extra cash is nice but a garage sale isn’t a get rich scheme. There were women who refused to pay more than $3 for a brand new set of pans. So don’t get your hopes up.
6. Get people out of their cars – Have a free box of toys or whatever you wish in the front of the house to get people out of their cars. Also, put the larger items out in front like tables and bikes.
7. Organize. Keep kitchen stuff on one table, toys on another, etc. Not only will it make shopping easier for your “customers,” but it will make packing up after the sale a whole lot easier.
7. Keep it Clean – As the day progresses, less stuff will be on the table and might look messy. Keep reorganizing to make your tables look presentable.
There is still a TON of stuff in my garage but at least now the rest of it is put back organized and ready to go for the next garage sale. Definitely worth all of the work if you do it the right way.