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Tips for a Successful Garage Sale

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You may have noticed there are a lot more signs on intersection corners these days. With the nice weather, comes the spring and summer ritual of garage sales. Garage sales are great for the buyers and the sellers. If you go to them, you might find something useful at a very good price. If you have one, you can make some extra money selling items you no longer need or use. If you have never tried to have one of your own before, here are some of my best tips to have a successful garage sale.

Dollar Store Supplies
Dollar Store Supplies Photo by Pamela Maxwell

Dollar Store Supplies

There is some prep work when throwing a garage sale.  Ask a few friends and neighbors if they would like to join you for the sale.  The bigger the sale, the more people will to stop by.   If possible, do not wait until the last minute to set up.  Take the time to set up your garage into zones, and group like items together.  The dollar store has many items that you can use at the sale such as stickers, wipes and tape.  Use the wipes to clean the items and make them look as nice as possible. 

Extra Shade
Extra Shade Photo by Pamela Maxwell

Extra Shade

On the day of the sale if it is a warm day, you may want to set up a pop up tent  to sit under for some extra space and shade. It will be more the sale more visible to cars passing by, and will make more room  for sale items.  Make sure to hang large colorful signs so your sale will be noticed from the road. 

A Rolling Cart Keeps Essentials Together
A Rolling Cart Keeps Essentials Together Photo by Pamela Maxwell

A Rolling Cart Keeps Essentials Together

There are a lot of essentials you will want to have one hand during the sale. A rolling cart keeps them close by, \ and contained at the same time.  It can also be used as a flat surface if needed during payment time.  

Garage Sale Essentials
Garage Sale Essentials Photo by Pamela Maxwell

Garage Sale Essentials

Essential items you will want to have on hand are a calculator, extra stickers, batteries, mini screwdrivers, paper towels, tape, scissors, and anything you do not want out in the open like a money box to make change. Dollar store batteries and mini screwdrivers come in handy when you want to check if something works without spending a lot of money.  

Display Big Items Outside
Display Big Items Outside Photo by Pamela Maxwell

Display Big Items Outside

Display your bigger items outside for the most visibility to attract potential customers. Doing so will also make more room in the garage for people to move around to look at the sale items.  

Special Extras to Consider
Special Extras to Consider Photo by Pamela Maxwell

Special Extras to Consider

There are a few special extras to consider having at your sale that will bring in some additional money and be a convenience for your potential customer.   If it is going to be a warm day, consider picking up a case of water or pop.  Sell ice cold drinks for fifty cents to a dollar which is a nice profit for you, and a reasonable expense for the customer.   If you have a lot of plastic toys. put them in a basket priced at a quarter  and place them at child level.  The toys will keep little hands busy while the parents shop, and there is a good chance you will sell and item or two when they leave.   Throwing a garage sale does not have to be stressful.  Hopefully these tips will make your day easier for both you and your customers. 

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