Planning a garage sale can be extremely stressful for the average person. It’s as if you are ready to get rid of your stuff, but you have difficulties pricing items, letting go of items and figuring out which items are worth even placing in a garage sale versus a free pile. With all that comes into play with garage sales, it’s no wonder many just opt to donate their stuff.
While donating items is a great way to give back to others, sometimes you just want to host a successful garage sale to earn a little extra cash.
Today, I am sharing a few tips on how to plan a successful garage sale so that you can rest easy knowing all will go smoothly.
Select a Date
The first step to planning a successful garage sale is to review your calendar for a good date. Think about a time when the whole community may be hosting garage sales, this way you may get in some free advertising and take advantage of other people advertising your area as the garage sale center during this date. Often times Memorial Day weekend is the onset of garage sales, so consider planning for a nice 3-day holiday weekend event to ensure you have a successful garage sale.
Organize and Prep
Once you have determined the date of said garage sale, you will want to start organizing the piles of stuff you desire to sell. With a garage sale you can actually opt to organize and prep long before the actual date arrives. Consider parking outside of the garage while you get the sale setup completely. Consider organization of items; will you organize by type, price or size? Think about what type of setup would draw you in as a consumer peeking at a garage sale from the road. Let’s face it, many people will pull the drive by to peek at your garage sale before even stepping foot inside. Make your sale look inviting and appealing.
You should go to your local bank to get rolls of change because you know that first customer at your garage sale will need an odd change amount. You will lose out on cash if you don’t have enough change on hand to cash out a $20 bill. Have all pricing marked and know what your lowest acceptable rates are so that you do not get low balled. Create a price list so that each person helping you host this successful yard sale is on the same financial page as you. Consider taking shifts with others so that you don’t get burnt out being the only one handling the visitors to your garage sale.
Once you have the date planned, everything organized and priced as well as cash on hand to make change, you are finally ready to have your successful garage sale. Don’t forget to spread the word on social media and posters downtown so that your garage sale is effectively advertised to reach the most amount of people possible.
Have you thrown a garage sale before? How did you do it? Any other suggestions or helpful tips you can offer? I would love to know! Please share in the comments.