I think garage sales are an awesome invention by some brilliant Mom years in the past. As I grew up garage sales were The Summer Activity. Many a Wednesday we would load up in our mini van and take off for the day. Mom knew the neighborhoods that were likely to have the nicest items for sale. She would stock up on toys, clothes, nick nacs, and more. To me garage sales are just part of the frugal life. I have carried on the tradition and though I don’t have need of much for myself right now, I can shop for my sister and her children. When I read this article at Money Saving Mom I knew you all needed to read it as well. This is excellent advice on putting together a garage sale yourself! From Jennifer Allen
I’ve had a number of successful garage sales over the years and here are my top 10 tips for having a successful sale:
I mentioned recently that I have an ongoing Garage Sale Stash. When I come upon something we no longer need or use and I don’t know anyone to pass it onto, I stick it in a box under the stairs. Once a box fills up, I start another. And another. Without much effort at all, by the time it’s the month of our annual garage sale, I usually have at least 8-10 boxes of stuff collected.
A successful garage sale does not happen without organization. At least a week before the sale I go through my home from top to bottom and clear out clutter. At least 2-3 days before the sale, I take an afternoon to price everything and organize it. And then the day before the sale, I devote a few hours to final organization, posting an ad on Craigslist, getting the cash and signs together and so forth.
::How are you going to display items? Do you need to borrow or make a clothes-rack?
of time and let them know specifically where to place the signs.
One of my best “secrets” for success when it comes to garage sales is that I never do them on my own. I always find friends or family to team up with. Not only does this arrangement mean you have more stuff to sell and more variety in sizes and types of things offered, it also means you have more help. Divvying up the responsibilities between 3 or 4 people makes a garage sale much more manageable. Plus, it just makes it more fun when you’re doing it with friends and family!
If you want to have a garage sale that flops, pick a location which is off-the-beaten-path and hard to get to. That’s a surefire way to lose a lot of business.
Don’t live near a busy intersection? Well, look for alternative locations like a friend or relative’s home. This is probably the key to our garage sale success. We live right between two very heavily-trafficked streets. We put up some good signage and the crowds descend!
I don’t advise planning a sale in the freezing cold Winter or the blazing hot Summer. Choose a time of the year when the weather will be very pleasant and try to check the weather forecast ahead of time to make sure rain is not expected when you’re planning your sale.
In addition, find out what days of the week are best for yard sales to run in your area. When we lived in Kansas City, I found people usually only held sales on Friday and Saturday. However, where we live now, Thursdays are a big yard sale day and seem to garner the most traffic.