Maybe you are trying to get rid of some old stuff you can’t take to your new home, or maybe it’s just time for a clear-out of the over populated closets. Either way a garage sale is on your mind, and here are some tips to make sure you are organized.
First things first, you need to make sure you that have enough to sell. If you only have a few items you may be better off posting the items on Kijiji and selling them individually. But if you walk around your home and find a large amount of paraphernalia you would like to get rid of, than you have entered the prep stage.
Set a date. Decide on a time that works well with you and commit to it. Once you have determined a date, let your friends and family know as they may have some more items to contribute, and extra hands are always nice.
Research? Yes research. Although it seems a bit unnecessary it is a good idea to try and visit a yard sale or two in your neighborhood before you have your own. This will give you a chance to see what people are selling and what prices are appropriate. No sense having over-priced items at your garage sale. The point is to get rid of all the junk!
You have your date decided, you have an idea on what your prices are going to be, now it’s time to get the wheels turning. Set up a time frame for your garage sale and start promoting it. Using free websites such as Kijiji will give you some free publicity. As well if you’re active on Facebook or Twitter take advantage of them too. Also develop some signs to put around the Neighborhood directing the traffic to your big sale.
THE NIGHT BEFORE
Maybe this title isn’t the best, but in reality most of us are procrastinators and will be putting things together last second. With that being said the best option is to do the following a few days before. You’re going to want to plan out your layout, organize all your items in categories, and put price tags on the items. No one wants to be rifling through a disorganized mess. Make it easier for people to walk through and see your items and quickly identify prices. You are going to be busy enough as is during the sale, and you want those items easily visible so they aren’t passed on.
DURING THE SALE
The ads have been posted, the signs are up, and the day has come for the big garage sale. Hopefully you have a nice flow of traffic during your sale. You are going to want to be in a noticeable position where you can have eyes on the whole sale area. Set up a table and make it clear this is where people pay. If you make an easy enough layout for people to navigate you should be able to sit and deal with the purchases most of the day, instead of trying to help people find items in a cluttered mess.
AFTER THE SALE IS DONE
The hope is you have cleared out most of the items you were selling, but the truth is there is probably going to be some left over. You’ve made it clear that these are items you don’t need any more so instead of throwing them back in closet, arrange for a charity to pick up the items, or drop them off yourself. This is a nice way to give back to your community after a day of sales. Finally be sure to take down any signs you have put up.
This should help your garage sale run a bit more smoothly. Just remember the key points
- Assess items you are going to sell
- Set a date
- Tell family and friends
- Visit other garage sales prior to your own
- Advertise (Kijij, Facebook, Twitter)
- Sort and Price everything
- Develop a nice layout
- Donate remains to charity
- Take down signs
RESULT: Successful Garage Sale