Tips for Hosting a Garage Sale

Garage sales are an effective way to get rid of things that no longer serve you while making a little extra cash. But where do you even begin? We’re here to help ensure your garage sale runs smoothly. Let’s get started!

Plan a Recon

Taking on a garage sale is a big task, so scout some local ones and see what other people are doing. You may find some pros who can teach you a thing or two – or see what you don’t want your sale to be like. Either way, you should learn something through your recon journey.

Get It All Out

As you gather items for your sale, leave no stone unturned and no linen closet forgotten. Now is the time to get rid of it all, from clothes to kitchen appliances to old holiday decorations.

More Is More

Regarding tables and boxes, we recommend having more than you think you’ll need. The last thing you want is to run out of room! Ask friends and family if they have spare tables you can use for the day, and hit up local liquor stores or gas stations for extra boxes.

Save the Date

Weekends are ideal because people are more likely to be off work. You may also want to consider having your sale at the beginning of the month since people tend to have more “fun” money to spend. Once you set a date, make signs, notify people on social media, or run an ad in your local paper. Then, on the day of your sale, ensure you have a sign that’s easy for people to spot so they know where to go.

Sort Items Into Categories

As you collect your for-sale items, separate them into categories. It just makes more sense to shoppers, especially those looking for specific items.

Stock Up On Supplies

Make sure you have plenty of price tags, pens, water, snacks, tape, and chairs.

Cheat Sheet

It can be tricky to price clothes individually. Instead, consider offering a price list (for instance, all pants are 50 cents, shirts are 25 cents, and shoes are $2). It’s easier for you and your customers.

No Holds

There’s a good chance that people will ask if you can hold items for them. The gesture is nice, but this creates a lot of headaches for later. If people need to come back, remind them when the sale ends and that anything left will be donated elsewhere.

Closing Time

Once your sale is over, follow through with your donation plan. Call local thrift stores and see what their donation policies are. Most request you drop off items at their location, but some may offer pickup.

Always Have a Plan B

Unfortunately, we can’t predict the weather. Make sure you have a backup plan for less-than-perfect conditions.

Do you have any tips for hosting a garage sale? Share them with us in the comments below!

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