Garage Sales, Yard Sales, Estate Sales

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 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.