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.

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.

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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