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This weekend: 5 things garage sale fans should do

This Fourth of July weekend, gear up for upcoming garage sales.
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With the Fourth of July falling on Friday this year, it’s likely you have a three-day weekend on the horizon. While you might be tempted to hold a garage sale or use the extra time to scoop up yard sale treasures, you should consider rethinking your plan. A three-day weekend may mean more people in your area are spending the weekend out-of-town or with their families and friends, and are not organizing or shopping at garage sales. Instead of buying or selling items at a yard sale, here’s a list of what you should do instead the weekend of July 4 through 6, 2014.

Organize your items for sale: You might have boxes of items you’re itching to sell, but resist the temptation to hold a garage sale this weekend. Instead, organize what you have on hand and weed out the items that are broken, torn or have missing pieces. You can also price items for your sale this weekend, freeing up your time for your sale. When you are ready for your yard sale, your items will be ready, too.

Advertise your sale: From online sites to traditional paper signs, there are plenty of ways to advertise your upcoming garage sale. If you have the time, consider placing online ads this weekend. Don’t put up paper signs too early, though, as shoppers may misread the date and arrive at your sale one week early.

Make a plan for garage sale leftovers: In a perfect world, you’d sell every item at your yard sale. The reality, though, is that you will likely have toys, kitchenware, and other items that just won’t sell. This weekend, research charities and organizations in your area that could use your unsold items. Make a note of when items can be dropped off at the organizations, too.

Phone a friend: Whether you want to invite your neighbors to join your yard sale or plan to scope out yard sales in your town, it always helps to have a friend with you. Call up your family and friends to see who’s available for an upcoming weekend of sales.

Scope out future deals: Using websites like Craigslist and Gsalr, you can plan which sales you want to check out in the next weekend. You can also set Google Alerts for specific items you’d like to purchase, such as clothing, exercise gear or collectibles.

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