First, set a date and time when you can devote your full time to this
sale, for gathering up various articles as well as being able to attend
the sale full time.
Second, plan just what you're going to put in this sale, if you are
going to have the sale alone, or with two to five more families.
Third, have plenty of change on hand - both silver and paper money.
Now, get down to business. Garage sales are work - a lot of hard work,
but the returns more than justify the effort. Whether it's advertised
Patio, Carport, Yard, Porch, or Garage-a-Rama, people
will come and buy. Clean out your closets and ANYTHING that is useless
to you or you don't want - put it in the sale. Don't throw anything away.
People will buy just about anything. You'd be surprised. What is one
person's trash is another's GOLDMINE!
Of course you need to advertise. Be specific, concise and honest. State place, date, hours. If you have a large amount of clothing, specify some of the sizes, particularly if you have quite a few in different sizes.
Antiques go over big regardless of state of repair or condition. Give
good descriptive details to save disappointments.
Capitalize on the season. Feature luggage at going-away to school or
vacation time or toys near Christmas. Include fads.
Today, bottles of all kinds are in demand. Big bottles, little bottles,
Jim Beam, Avon, Kara Brooks, Wheaton/Nuline, old medicine, Mrs. Butterworth,
miniature - all kinds, old fruit jars, and insulators.
Doll clothing and accessories are always in demand and especially for
Barbie and Ken or teen dolls. Toys go over big at any time. Dolls and
stuffed toys make a hit with the kiddies and they, in turn, will finally
persuade their mothers to buy something. Children are very persuasive!
Homemade items are very popular. If someone in your household sews,
then sew up aprons, doll clothes, dolls, stuffed toys from scraps of
material lying around. You'll make use of those scraps taking up space
and make money too! Fresh produce such as tomatoes, green beans, corn, fruits, etc. will
also sell, if you should have a garden overflowing.
Set up card tables or ping-pong tables to display small merchandise.
Place tables in a manner that will leave room for shoppers to browse
without feeling crowded. Display your wares attractively. Be sure they
are clean, usable, and priced temptingly.
People are looking for bargains. Don't disappoint them. Remember that
what you sell is something you don't want anyway, so whatever you get
Take advantage of the space under the tables if you need more display
room. You will be amazed how buyers spot the smallest item under the
table. Colorful table covers draw a lot of attention to your items.
You will save yourself a lot of time answering questions if you show a price on all merchandise. Use a heavy black felt marking pen for lettering. If more families go in with you, identify your price tags with a code such as G 75 cents or M 25 cents. The letters designate, perhaps, the first letter of the last name of the family who contributed items to sell.
Keep all the tags and at the end of the sale, divide the tags according
to code and total the sales. You may not come out right to the penny
on sales and change you had on hand as anyone can make errors in making
change for a customer.
Be sure you have electrical outlets nearby to plug in toasters, blenders, electric skillets, irons, hair dryers, electric razors, etc., to show people that your articles do work. If you have to use an extension cord, make sure it is in excellent condition and preferably a heavy duty one.
If you have any fragile, rare or expensive items such as crystal, cut
glass or jewelry, be sure they are displayed on a sturdy table and up
high out of reach of kiddies. They are curious and you might be too busy
to watch them.
Drinking glasses, dishes, cups will sell faster if you price them in
sets of 6 for $1.00 instead of 15 cents each. Paperback books, magazines,
records and items that have titles will sell more readily if they are
marked separately. If they want them collectively, they'll ask you. Then
bundle them all up and sell them. Sell everything!
Advertising. Run an ad in your daily newspaper. If you run your ad
one day only, have it in the Thursday paper. You might like to run the
ad two days to appear in both the Thursday and Friday editions. If your
sale runs through Saturday, your sale is about over before the paper
hits the street on Saturday. Therefore, 2-day advertising is usually
adequate unless your sale is continued late Saturday night and through
However, whatever you decide to advertise - BE READY! Be ready to meet
any customer as soon as the paper hits the street, because some will
come before the sale and before you even get ready to start the next
day! In addition to placing an ad in the paper, place signs at points
where people will see them. Some laundromats have bulletin boards on
which you can place notices. Advertise all you can. Work word-of-mouth
all you can. If employed, place signs on your company's bulletin boards.
Use the WEB to advertise your garage sale too. You can advertise your
sale on www.GarageSaleHunter.com for
The best days for your Garage Sale are Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.
Sundays are usually a waste of time unless you're staying at home all
day doing nothing anyway.
At the end of your sale you will have met a lot of nice, friendly people.
If you want to continue selling items you might have left, you can let
people know and have future sales all lined up. A circular already prepared
and passed out to each customer will help insure future sales. You should
have made money, some new acquaintances, and a weary but happy body!
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