Have A Successful Garage Sale This Spring

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For as long as it’s been true that one person’s trash is another person’s treasure, garage sales have benefited both the buyers and sellers, & people still love them. When you decide to sell your home, a garage sale is a great way to clear out the unnecessary items that you need to remove for staging. If you’re considering hosting a garage sale of your own this spring, here are some suggestions for garage sale success:

What to Sell at a Garage Sale

•  Because people love variety, garage sale shoppers usually prefer sales that have a little bit of everything. If you just have used clothing and old toys to sell, you should wait until you can pull together a better variety of items.

•  When deciding what to sell, don’t underestimate the value for what you consider to be junk. If you haven’t used something in the past few years think about selling it.

•  Oftentimes dealers and collectors frequent garage sales, so proudly display any of your one-of-a-kind items.

•  Dressers, bookcases, baskets, tables, toys, and tools attract traffic.

•  If you plan to sell appliances, or TVs make sure they work. Have an outlet available so buyers can plug it in  before buying it.

How to Set Pricing at Your Garage Sale

•  Always put price tags on items. People might assume that unmarked items are out of their price range.

•  Unfortunately, you should be prepared to haggle. Price everything higher than the price you really want for it so you can accept lower offers. Most garage sale enthusiasts love to negotiate.

•  If certain items just are not selling, lower the price.

•  Don’t charge more than half the retail value of your items. Most garage sale websites recommend pricing items at 10 to 30 percent of retail.

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How to Display Your Products

•  Make sure every thing is very clean. Dirty dishes will get you a much lower price than their clean counterparts.

•  Remember  that large items will bring the most foot traffic. If you sell a couch or table early in the day, ask if you can keep the item with a “sold” sign on it until the end of the day.

•  Clothing on racks sells higher than items thrown on a table. If possible, hang a line in your garage or buy a portable rack. People who dig through boxes expect to pay much less.

•  Make sure the sales area is marked clearly.  If you have the sale inside of your garage, cover the lawn mower, shovels, and rakes - and anything else that is not for sale.

•  You can attract attention with eye-catching balloons and signs. Also, consider calling your local Real Estate Agent to help you organize a neighborhood garage sale.

How to Advertise Your Garage Sale

•  Start with social media. Place your ad on Facebook and other online platforms. You can still place an ad in a local newspaper also. If you partner with neighbors or are working with a Realtor on a neighborhood sale, they may be able to share some of the cost with you.

•  Create bold, bright, neatly lettered signs. Place them at strategic locations, directing traffic to your neighborhood, street, and house.

The Best Time to Host a Garage Sale

•  Always check the weather forecast before your garage sale. Even if you plan to have it indoors, inclement weather could keep your customers from coming out.

•  Saturday is typically the best day for a yard or garage sale. In some areas, people tend to favor Thursday or Friday sales. If you are new to an area, ask around to see which days are the most popular for sales.

Contact me if you’d like to plan a neighborhood garage sale.  I’d love to help!

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