We will be having our first Garage Sale ever on Saturday!
When our city announced that there would be a Coquitlam wide garage sale for whoever wanted to participate, we decided to join in. It’s a great way to de-clutter, find a home for outgrown clothes and toys, and get rid of things that you’re just not using anymore. Plus, it helps you get a little more cash into that savings jar.
That is all well and good, but we’ve never held a garage sale before and I wanted to make sure we do it right. So I scoured the internet for tips and tricks. In this post I’m sharing 6 Garage Sale Tips that I found very helpful in case you decide you want to have one as well.
1. Find Your Inventory
Walk through each room in your house. Whether it’s toys, clothes, shoes, books, appliances, furniture, if you haven’t used it in a while, it doesn’t fit or it’s just taking up space in your home, it is a good candidate for the garage sale.
It’s great to have a garage sale, but if no ones knows about it then it won’t be very successful. Place signs around your neighbourhood, at main streets and intersections, with your address and direction arrows to make it easy for people to find the sale. Use neon posterboard and thick black markers. Make sure the directions are written in BIG LETTERS, because if you can’t see your signs from a block away, neither can anyone else.
3. Prepare Your Items
Check all your items to ensure they are clean and presentable. For toys, wipe them down and check for any cracks. Wash any clothes that you will be selling and put them on hangers for sale day. Clean and shine any dishes and small appliances. Ziplock bags are great for kids games, puzzles, jewelry and hardware. Items that are clean and displayed nicely will get a better price.
It’s up to you to decided if you want to pre-price all your items or just go with the flow on sale day. Yes, haggling is a big part of garage sales, but it might make it a little less stressful if you are able to price everything ahead of time so people who come by have a general idea. And of course they can still always bargain. You can use masking tape or buy special stickers from the a supply store or even the dollar store to make pricing a simple task.
5. Set-Up For Your Sale
Most often garage sales are held in your driveway or front lawn so they can be easily seen. Make sure to take away any big items that are usually there or cover them up with a big sheet so there is no confusion about whether it’s for sale or not. Set up your things on tables, benches, easy access boxes and sheets. For clothing, hang them on a clothing rack or clothes line. Put any big items near the front to attract more people.
6. Don’t Forget The Change.
And finally, make sure to have lots of change on hand in the way of small bills as well as coins. Some people will have the right change but many will only have a $20 to pay for a $2 item. So be prepared and go to the bank and keep a good float on hand to last for the whole garage sale.
Decide ahead of time, what you are going to do with items that don’t sell because it’ll make clean up much easier. Don’t forget to take down all your signs. Count all your proceeds then put them in the saving jar for that upcoming vacation and treat the family to a nice dinner out. You all deserve it!
If you’ve held garage sales in the past, what are some tips that you think are important or useful?
Good luck with your next sale!