You’ve finished your spring cleaning, and now you have a section of the garage filled with items your ready to toss! If you are considering having a garage/yard sale, here are some handy tips and tricks you may find useful.
Set the Price
It’s best if you price items individually as this will help you keep things organized. Keep prices fair and be willing to negotiate. When it comes to bigger-ticket items, know ahead of time just how low you are willing to go. Consider giving a discount for buying several similar items, such as making DVDs three for $5 or one for $2. Any left over items can be donated!
I see these Mystery Bags at craft stores all the time. Mystery bags can work well with children’s clothing or small baby toys. Consider putting several items in a bag, such as a bag of children’s pants, and offer it for a set price. Just make sure to note the clothing size and gender if you go this route.
Personally, I use Craigslist to advertise my garage/ yard sales. It’s fast, free, and it seems to be where a lot of people look when they want to find a garage/yard sales. There are also other online places to post your sale, many of which are free, including craigslist, Garage Sale Hunter and Yard Sale Search. Brings so many people in…and did I mention it’s free?
But while you may pay a fee, consider listing your garage sale in your local newspaper and include some of your bigger items to draw attention to your sale.
The Night Before
The night before your garage sale, get everything ready.There will probably be people standing outside waiting almost an hour before your advertised start time. Make sure all the tables are set, the register is ready and you have all your supplies where you need them. This will be the last thing you want to deal with the morning of the sale.
Have Plenty of Change
Stop by the bank the day before your sale to stock up on change and $1 bills. Be sure to have plenty of nickels, dimes, quarters. If you have some pricier items for sale, make sure to have some $20 bills on hand just in case. Decide ahead of time if you will accept personal checks, but it’s probably not a good idea.
Accept Credit Cards
Anyone with a tablet or smartphone can accept credit or debit cards. Square is a popular service which requires a reader, which the company will send you for free. You will pay a small percentage in swipe fees, but this may come in handy if you have some high-ticket items.
Have Bags Handy For Your Customers
Keep leftover plastic grocery bags around for customers to carry their purchases. Small cardboard boxes may also come in handy for customers purchasing a set of dishes, several cables or tools. The customers appreciate carrying away their purchases in a bag.
Also…be sure you have a place to sit in the shade.
One Hour Before Post
Post your signs. An hour before your garage sale starts, place garage sale signs at the end of your street and in front of the house.
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Work Your Crowd
Be ready to answer questions from customers. If you have a unique item for sale, talk to customers about it if they seem to be interested. Keep your chair in a position that allows you to see customers arrive and greet them with a friendly hello. Make sure you (or someone you trust) have your eyes on the cash box at all times.