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Garage Sales Best Practices

Garage sales are a great way to make money and reduce the clutter in your home and garage. Take a hard look inside your garage. If you can’t walk through it, it is time for a Garage Sale.

So, how do you host a successful Garage Sale?

Build Your Store Front

1. Make sure everything is clean and presentable! That means wipe everything down. There should be nothing with dirt on it, or has chipped paint.

2. Ideally use tables with a table cloth for the best presentation.

3. Put the most desireable items near the street.

4. Logically group them according to categories. For example, all the books and baby items should be in their own area.

5. Be ready to bundle common things together.

6. Create walking lanes to guide people through, make sure wide enough for wheel chairs, canes and walking accessories for the elderly.

7. Be ready to negotiate....for many people that is part of their fun. Let them Win!

8. It is usually a good idea to have a clearance bin for items you don't think will sell....instead give the items away with a purchase

Advertise

1. Post details about Garage Sale on our site! Got to xxxxx to list your sale. There are Garage Sale professionals that go out every weekend!

2. Post signs in your neighborhood, bulletin boards, grocery stores. Make sure you take them down when you are done.

3. Always invite your friends and neighbors. You will be surprised at the number of contacts in your email account. The more cars and people in front of your house the better.

4. Consider holding a neighborhood garage sale by asking your neighbors or home owner association to participate.

5. If you live near a high hispanic population, consider advertising in Spanish.

Make it Fun

1. Having food and drinks available is a great way to encourage people to reach for their wallet.

2. Even better, have the kids run a lemonade stand .

3. Be friendly and greet everyone that shows.

Important Things to Know

1. You will be surprised how early they will come. If you do not want the professionals to be there at 5am, ensure you advertise “No Early Birds”. That being said, they are your best customers. Set the alarm and start selling.

2. Make sure your neighbors are aware of what you are doing and what time you plan to get started. They will probably have some things to contribute to be sold.

3. Have lots of change and make sure you price things according to the type of change you will carry. If something is going to cost 25 cents. Have lots of quarters.

4. Kids sell, get them involved.

5. Remember, what you don’t sell, you haul. The value of your items decrease as the day proceeds.

6. For anything that doesn’t sell you can use our iPhone, iPad, or Droid App and list your classified ad on the site. Take a picture of the item, list it on our site as long as you like and when ready, auction off at eBay anytime.

Good Luck!

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