Garage Sales, Yard Sales, Estate Sales

Best Items to Look For at a Sale

When it comes to garage sales, you truly never know what you’re going to find! You go in blind, and hope something catches your eye. There are some items, however, that you should always be keeping in the back of your mind, and can go a long way in the future when it comes to upcycle projects, home décor, and more. So next time you’re at a sale, don’t forget to scout for the following items:

Silverware

Get your hands on some vintage silverware, add a little creativity, and you’d be surprised what you can end up with. Upcycle projects can range from garden trinkets to table organizers, and its durability will leave you upcycling for generations to come.

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Plates

Once again, the possibilities here are surprisingly diverse, and if you love rustic/ vintage looks for your home, getting your hands on some old decorative plates will prove to come in handy! DIY::Vintage Shabby Plate Stand Tutorial !

Clothes/Linens

This one is almost a no-brainer: cheap fabric= cheap projects that can leave you with new curtains, newly upholstered furniture, re-furbished clothes… the list can go on and on. Lampshade

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Mason Jars

Mason jar upcycle projects have gotten more creative than ever, and craft stores know it. Why pay $5/jar when some nice family would gratefully give you an entire box for half the price? Stock up and watch your candles, plants, and basically anything else that can fit get crafted into one of these babies. The Jar Junquie

Pallets

Cheap wood, a million uses. Need we say more? Bring out the true up-cycler in you and add anything to your house from furniture to wall art.

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Thrifting should always be first and foremost about fun and spontaneity, but going in with certain items and projects in mind can prove to be helpful in making sure you’re always ready for your next upcycle idea.

When to Know To Let Something Go

Springtime is here, and it’s finally time to clean house and hold a garage sale. So how do you decide what to part with? This handy guide will help you de-clutter and make the most of spring cleaning!

  1. When was the last time you used it?

    A good rule of thumb is that if you’ve been living without it for more than 8 months, you likely don’t need it. In the pile it goes.

  2. Does it have sentimental value?

Likely most of your items do to some extent, but ask yourself with each old science project or toy gun you decide holds an important memory: is this something that can be preserved through a photo? If so, consider adding it to the “sell” pile.

  1. How many times have you used it?

Sure, that fancy casserole dish came in handy that one time, but in reality, how often will that day come again? And wouldn’t you live without it if it did? These are the hard items to rid of for some people, but if you’re serious about downsizing, it’s time to turn into your own harshest critic.

  1. Who else could use it?

Back to the casserole dish. You might not be a baking nut, but plenty of people out there are. That pair of hiking boots you grew out of just might make some kids’ summer. One great thing about taking the steps to hold a sale, and not simply throw everything out, is that it gives your things a whole new shot at life!

  1. What do you want/need more?

A great tactic to motivate you to downsize is having a goal: what are you hoping to turn that garage sale money into? Whether it’s put towards a vacation or a new car, keeping your larger goals in sight will help you remember: there are more important things than a lot of stuff.

Downsizing is rough, but living among piles of “stuff” to constantly/pointlessly cart from house to house is rougher. If you’re determined and follow these steps ,we promise there’s no better feeling than at the end of a sale and your house is finally, FINALLY, clutter free.

7 Things All Up-Cyclers Need

When it comes to upcycling, people who partake find out something amazing as time goes on: it’s really not that hard to get into! After acquiring a few essential items, you’ll be ready to tackle most any up-cycle project that comes your way.

  1. Dremel- Most people aren’t professional wood/metal workers, and chances are you don’t have the money (or need) to buy a bulky buzz saw. Dremels come with detachable tips that can handle anything from sanding, cutting, grinding, ect., to help through those up-cycle projects that require a little more hardware than hammers and nails

  2. Industrial Glue- This is something you’ll find yourself pulling out of your garage quite often once you get into upcycling. Make sure to find one that’s weather-resistant, and suitable for many surfaces. You’ll be surprised how many projects just need a little glue!

  3. Sharp scissors- This might seem obvious, but buying a separate pair of nice, durable scissors to be used ONLY for crafts/upcycling is a must. Your everyday scissors see a lot of things that dull the blades, and preserving sharp blades for when you need them most will prove to come in handy.

  4. Acrylic Spray Sealer- You’ve just finished making something look new- you want to preserve that look for as long as possible! Spray sealer goes on most painted surfaces, and can make your new project heat and weather-proof. This is especially important for outside upcycles!

  5. Spray Paint- Once you’ve acquired a healty palette of spray paint, we guarantee upcycling ideas will start flying through your head. It’s amazing how a simple coat of paint can transform an entire dingy piece.

  6. Sand paper- Upcycling means touching old items. Old items mean wear and tear. Wear and tear means cuts/splinters. There’s nothing like realizing you can’t paint flaking wood to bring an upcycling project to a grinding halt.

  7. Patience! Upcycling should be a fun endeavor, and approached with a constantly open and creative mind. The more prepared you are the better, now get out there and see what you can transform!

Weekly Garage Sale Tip - March 17, 2014

There are some simple tricks you can do when you are pricing items for you garage sale so customers think they are getting a deal or sale.  The easiest and most effective trick is to come up with your original price, add $5 or $10 to it, cross out that price and below it put your original price.  This will lead customers to believe you have discounted the item and they will be more likely to pay the full price.  You can see an example of how a popular online retailer accomplishes the same practice in their online pricing.

Preparing For Your Garage Sale

Did you just do some spring cleaning? Do you plan on moving in the near future? Or, did you finally organize your garage or basement? These are just a few great reasons to have a yard or garage sale, and in today’s uncertain economy, it’s a good way to make some extra cash. However, the success of your garage sales depends on how well you plan - from start to finish.

The best way to start getting ready for your garage sale is to create a map of the area you will be using. This can just be a quick and simple sketch on paper. But, you are going to want to include the layout of the yard, your porch, the big tree in the center of the yard, your mailbox, etc. Once you have drawn up your map, you will want to think about the flow of customers through your sale. Ask yourself a few simple questions, like…Where are the customers going to park? Can people see my sale as they drive through the neighborhood? The answer will give you some good ideas about where your sale will start and finish and get you ready to decide where your merchandise and cashier should go.

Next, you’ll want to think about organizing your merchandise for the sale. Try creating 5 or 6 major categories, depending on what you have for sale. Clothing, furniture, books and knick knacks are all good examples of categories you would typically find at a garage sale. Once you have your categories created’ you’ll want to place them on your garage sale map, so you know where everything will go. Think about what you would want people to see first when they arrive at the sale. Then, create some simple signs that you can place with each category.

The next step - and one of the biggest ones - is deciding on what price you want to charge for each item. You may want to price some items by category (everything on a certain table is $1, etc.) and some items you will want to price individually. Whatever the case, it’s important to make sure all your prices are clearly marked and easy to read. If they are not and you are with another customer, you may lose a sale because someone doesn’t want to wait around to ask about pricing on a particular item. Before you actually start putting your items out for your sale you will want to make sure the area you are having the sale is presentable. If the sale will take place in your driveway or your front yard you should be sure to cut the grass, rake the leaves, clean up any clutter, etc.

Lastly, you will need to make sure that you have customers at your garage sale. You won’t sell many items if you don’t have customers! The best way to get customers to your sale is to advertise. You may want to place an ad on the internet and there are several sites that will allow you to post free listings that will make it easy for the savvy garage sailor to find you and you most certainly will want to place signs around your neighborhood. When it comes to posting signs, be sure to find out the rules in your community. Your neighborhood HOA and Local Township will likely have some rules about where you can place signs. You will want to post your signs at least one week prior to your sale, so people have plenty of time to see them before your sale. Make sure that the date of your sale is big and bold and easy to read.

Once your sale is over you may have some items left. A great way to help those less fortunate is to donate your unsold items.

Of course, now that you have de-cluttered your home and earned a few extra bucks by holding you sale, you may need some new items for your place. You might consider looking for a garage sale in your area!

Weekly Garage Sale Tip - November 24th, 2009

When hosting your Garage Sales, you aren’t going to be able to remove everything from your garage that you aren’t wanting to sell. Especially if you have a lot of things you don’t want to move or sell, be sure to cover them in some way. You’ll also want to secure the cover you decide to use. That way if customers are digging around while you aren’t looking, prying hands won’t get underneath to take items or try and purchase items you aren’t selling.

If you have any advice, would like to write a guest post, or have any questions you would like answered, feel free to email us at garagesalesguru@garagesales.com!

Weekly Garage Sale Tip - November 3rd, 2009

Have you ever had someone come up to you at one of your garage sales and tell you they want to buy something but they don’t have enough money to pay for it? If they ask you to hold an item for them, make sure they will return by taking some sort of a deposit. If they don’t have any cash, ask them to write out a check for half the price of the item the want to purchase and you can give the check back to them when they return. If they do have cash, request a cash deposit to hold the item. This will help to ensure you aren’t holding an item for someone who won’t return, and in turn you won’t lose out on any other potential customers who could have purchased the item.

If you have any advice, would like to write a guest post, or have any questions you would like answered, feel free to email us at garagesalesguru@garagesales.com!

Weekly Garage Sale Tip - October 27, 2009

When creating your garage sale environment, try and mimic what most retail stores do. This includes itemzing things together by “departments” and also by putting on soft rock music. It’s a lot easier to walk into a garage sale and talk about items with a friend when there is background noise and everyone can’t hear what you’re saying.

If you have any advice, would like to write a guest post, or have any questions you would like answered, feel free to email us at garagesalesguru@garagesales.com!

Weekly Garage Sale Tip - October 13, 2009

When selling books at your garage sales, make sure the titles are visible to buyers rather than just piling the books in large boxes. If you are selling a bookshelf, leave a few out on this shelf.  Don’t put too many books on the shelf in case you sell it so you won’t have to find a place for too many books.  You can also lay the books out on a table or put them in a box with all of the spines showing in the same direction making them easy to read.

If you have any advice, would like to write a guest post, or have any questions you would like answered, feel free to email us at garagesalesguru@garagesales.com!

Weekly Garage Sale Tip - September 16th, 2009

Check out this video we found on YouTube.  They have some great advice for making money without spending money!