Garage Sales, Yard Sales, Estate Sales

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

Weekly Garage Sale Tip - September 2nd, 2009

To continue on the  topic from last week of advertising, we dive into a few more unique suggestions for getting your garage sale noticed.

When posting signs, be sure to make all of the important information large enough to be read from a moving vehicle.  This would be the address and the date and time of the sale.   Also, add arrows and make a trail of signs from a major road especially if your location is hard to find.  If your city has restrictions on posting signs on light poles, try attaching signs to large paper bags.  By putting rocks in them and sealing up the top, you can be sure your sign won’t be taken away by the wind.  Be careful of attaching signs to wooden light posts with nails or staples.  Sometimes this can become a safety hazard for yourself or utility crews that works on those poles.

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Weekly Garage Sale Tip - August 26th, 2009

You can put on the best garage sale possible, but it won’t be a success without customers.  To get those customers you need to make sure you have a great advertising plan for your garage sale.

Your first stop should be listing your garage sale for free at GarageSales.com.  Here your sale will be available for any one in the U.S. to search for.  You never know if someone will be visiting from out of town and looking for a great garage sale to occupy their time with on Saturday or Sunday afternoon.

Secondly, be sure to post ad advertisement in your local newspaper’s garage sale section.  Thursdays and Fridays are the top days that people look for garages sales for the upcoming weekend.  If you can’t or don’t want to spend enough for the whole week, target these two days for posting your garage sale advertisement.

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Weekly Garage Sale Tip - August 4th, 2009

Organize your sale items with the buyers in mind. If you plan to have a lot of traffic, you’ll want to make sure the aisles between your tables are wide enough for multiple people to be walking around.  Make sure all items are marked with the price.  If some of your items don’t have a clear price, you may lose out on some sales from some of the more timid buyers.  Place larger items you think will go faster near the road to draw attention from those who may just be driving by.  Also, be sure to put children’s toys to the side. If you have a lot of children digging through those items, you won’t want adult customers to trip over them while trying to browse through the rest of your sale  items.

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