If you, like many others, have piles of clothes, toys, shoes, purses, etc., then you may be thinking about a garage sale. Some of you might already have a headache just thinking about getting all your stuff together and organized, but do not worry! We have all the garage sale tips that you need.
The first, and one of the most important steps, to take when starting your garage sale is advertising! Make sure to keep it simple, but enough to catch everyone’s eye. If you have a child that is old enough, let him/her create a few posters to hang up. It’s a fun thing that you can all do together. Make sure that you do write your message in bold dark writing. Now-a-days, people are on social media looking for what they want, so feel free to take a few pictures of your items that you are selling and post them to your social media. You will want to make sure that your pile of clothes is organized and your toys are not just thrown into a box before you snap that picture.
Large Items Up Front
All you have is about 3-4 seconds to catch a driver’s eye. You want them to see your items and think, “Hmm, I should definitely stop by and see what else they have to offer.” Putting your larger items up front can get you the perfect customers.
“Get Your FREE Items Here”
While you are going through all of your things, don’t ever think that someone will not want that old rock-n-roll t-shirt from the 70’s. If you can’t think of a price and don’t care much for the item, put it in the FREE pile! “One man’s junk is another man’s treasure.”
Price It Right
When you are all organized and ready to start pricing your items, make sure you are pricing to sell. Your customers are looking for low prices, and more than likely do not carry a lot of cash on them. So, keep it low, but make sure you get your money’s worth.
Tag It All
So now that you are pricing all your items, you want to make sure that you put a tag on ALL of your items. Your customers are just browsing, not looking for anything in particular, so if they pass something without a tag on it, they (more than likely) will not ask the price. That’s not always the case, but you would rather be safe than sorry and have that purse sold at the end of the day!
During your garage sale, things could get messy. So, beforehand, organize and keep your space tidy. People do not want to go through a maze to get to that $1.00 item. They will simply pass by it and not think twice. Plus, when they are ready to check out, you want them to be able to get to you with ease. If you have small sets of things, put them in a baggy or some type on container so the pieces will not go missing. With that being said, make sure you label everything! If the small pieces go to a larger piece, label that.
Keep It All Together
You want to keep all your like items together. Kitchen items, living room items, clothes (with sizes organized), etc. This helps you keep your area clean, and if someone is in fact looking for that specific item, you can direct them towards the section with no problem.
Too Big For Garage Sale
For your last garage sale tip, we recommend keeping it small. What do we mean when we say that? Well, you’re not going to sell a piece of furniture for $600 at a garage sale. You can put it on Craigslist. Like we mentioned before, most of your customers will not have that kind of cash on them, so keep your prices low, and make sure you have a little bank beforehand to be able to provide change.
So now that you know all about the basic garage sell tips, get on out there and get that garage sale going! Happy selling!