If you are planning to move into a new Smithtown rental home soon or maybe you just wish to clear out some clutter, scheduling a garage sale is a profitable way to go! Garage sales are a wonderful way to get cleared of extra items and make some extra cash altogether. But then, ensuring your garage sale is productive takes a bit of complex planning and effort. To make your sale day go as smoothly as possible, here are a few tips you can follow.
Firstly, you ought to know that in order to hold a successful garage sale you must decide what to sell. This step can feel quite overwhelming, especially if you tend to hold onto things for sentimental reasons. One way to more easily determine what to keep and what to sell is to ask questions about every item you own. For example, take into consideration how often you use an item, what shape it’s in, and whether someone else would get more use out of it if you let it go. Soon after, collect all your garage sale items into one area of your home or garage so that you don’t need to search for them when the day arrives.
Price Items Correctly
The key to pricing garage sale items is to remember that you won’t be able to sell anything for the same price you originally bought or even for what you could buy online. Garage sale items should follow thrift store pricing, which is roughly one-third to a quarter of the original price. If you’re unsure, you can always do a quick Google search to check an item’s current value and price accordingly. Also, while people will want to negotiate with you over the price, don’t artificially inflate your prices to try and get more. Garage sale shoppers will see right through that trick, and your sales will likely suffer as a result.
One of the proven ways to ensure your garage sale gets a lot of attention is to advertise effectively. That means promoting both online and using directional signs the right way. Once you choose a date and time for your garage sale, post a digital advertisement onto your community message board, social media, or your free local classifieds. Then you either purchase some signs or get crafty with some poster board and markers and make some. You do not need anything intricate: a simple “Garage Sale” with an arrow pointing in the right direction works perfectly. You’ll want to hang a sign on all major cross streets near your house and a few more throughout the neighborhood. The more turns someone would need to make to get to your home from the main road, the more signs you’ll need.
Prepare Ahead of Time
The day before your garage sale, there are several things you should do to prepare for a successful event. For example, mark the prices on your sale items the day before, not while people are arriving to shop! It’s also important to have a money box or other container with enough change to break a few large bills and a good assortment of coins. If you plan to take payments electronically, have your information on hand and visible to shoppers.
On Garage Sale Day
A great approach to make any garage sale go well is to enlist help. If possible, get friends or family members involved to help you set out your garage sale items, hang signs, and keep an eye on things if you need to take a break. Remember to sit down when you can and drink lots of water – it’s easy to become dehydrated when you are busy for hours. Keep your money box and other valuable items in a secure location, especially if your garage will be open during the sale. If you plan to have people coming into your garage (instead of just on the driveway), be sure to lock the doors to your house and keep a set of keys in your pocket.
Lastly, a successful garage sale includes the clean-up afterward. If your garage sale includes large or bulky items, make sure you know what you will do with these items if they don’t sell. If you plan to donate your unsold items, big and small, it’s best to either plan to haul them away right after the sale ends or arrange for a local charity to pick them up. Also, be sure to take down all of your garage sale signs! Leaving them up is an environmental nuisance, and your neighbors won’t like the mess.
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Originally published: April 2, 2021
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