A garage sale is a great way to make some extra cash while clearing away your clutter. Now that warmer days are ahead, it is time to start planning a garage sale of your own. Take a look below at some helpful tips for how to plan the ultimate garage sale. When you give these tips a try you can be sure you clear away the most clutter and make the most cash!
1. Decide on the specifics.
Choose a weekend when there are not any big events in town. You want to pick a weekend where the weather will be comfortable as well. Invite other family members or friends to join you so you can have a nice amount of inventory and split any advertising costs.
Many communities have a large community garage sale once a year, usually in the late spring. Check out your community and see if this is available in your area. You have the opportunity to have a much larger turn out if you hold your garage sale at the same time.
Once you have decided on a date, it is time to start advertising.
Place an ad in the paper if the fees are reasonable. Some papers give deals on garage sale ads. If not, use free outlets such as social media, news websites, and Craigslist. Did you know that Facebook also has community garage sale pages where you can advertise your garage sale for free. Google your town’s name along with the words “garage sale” in the Facebook search bar and you can find out what is available.
Making sure others know about your sale is key! In your ad, be sure you give examples of some of the larger and more unusual items you will have for sale. The more items you can add, the better. This will help hook in potential customers. You can also post pictures on Craig’s List of your big ticket items. Photos really grab people’s attention and when they actually can visualiaze the item, they tend to go to those sales first.
Did you know you can also advertise your garage sales on local radio stations in smaller communities? Those stations usually have a set day and time when they review all of the weekend garage sales and avid garage sale bargain seekers always make sure they tune in.
Include clear directions to your house as well as exact sale times.
3. Use bright signage.
Get bright poster board and a permanent marker to create attractive signage. You want to make sure that drivers can easily find your sale. If they can’t, they may get frustrated and stop looking for it, which costs you a sale. Instead, hang bright signs a few days prior to your sale near street entrances where they can easily be followed. Balloons are always a nice added touch as well.
4. Organize your items for easy browsing.
Shoppers love a well organized sale. Just like a retail store wants to appeal to shoppers, you should want to do the same. Organize your items according to category and have them clearly priced. One of the biggest mistakes people make is not pricing items. Customers don’t want to play guessing games! Have batteries in items or an outlet available for easy testing, and be sure clothing is hung up nicely so it can be inspected well.
5. Have the right materials.
Make sure you have all of the right materials on hand. This includes plenty of change, a calculator, plastic shopping bags, wrapping materials, tape, price tags, pens, and a measuring tape if selling large furniture pieces. It also doesn’t hurt to have a helper on hand who can assist with wrapping and adding up customers.
When you follow these tips for planning the ultimate yard sale, you can not only clear away the old but bring in some cash as well! Give them a try and see what results you can achieve!