Garage Sales, Yard Sales, Estate Sales

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.

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 - 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.

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 - 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.

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!

Garage Sales Q&A - May 6, 2009

Welcome to another edition of the Garage Sales Guru Q&A!  For all of you with more questions about Garage Sales, comment below or email me at garagesalesguru@garagesales.com and I will answer them as soon as I can.

Joey from Boston, MA asks;

“When is the best time of year to host a garage sale?  Are holiday weekends good or bad times to host sales?”

G.G: Thanks for the question Joey!  Generally holiday weekends are not a good time to host a garage sale because possible buyers have usually made plans that keep them from wanting to browse through your items.  For the best time of year, it will depend on what kind of climate you live in.  You’ll want to pick a time of year that has temperatures that aren’t too hot or cold so people will be comfortable saying at your garage sale for a while.  You may also want to find out when the major companies in your area pay their employees and hold your garage sale the Saturday after they get paid.

Angela from San Diego, CA asks;

“I like to host garage gales at least  four time a year.  I buy a lot of items at other garage sales throughout the year and try to sell the items for more at my garage sales.  Should I be worried about any city restrictions when hosting garages sales this often?”

G.G: Angela, the best thing to do is contact your city government and find out the details specific to where you live.  More and more cities are limiting residents to 3-4 garage sales per year.  If you are seriously interested in hosting garage sales more than the city allows, you could look into registering for a city business license.  If you do this, dont’ forget to ask about any additional permits or licenses this may require, such as a sales tax license.