Summer Garage Sale Tips

Garage Sale

Holding a garage sale can be a great way to get rid of the clutter in your home, and make some extra money in the process. Follow these tips to make the most out of your garage sale and maximize business.

Make sure items are clean

People aren’t going to want to pay top dollar for a smudged table or dusty workout equipment. Take the time to clean items before putting them out for sale.

Advertise the sale

The traditional way to advertise garage sales is with signs in the neighbourhood. But be sure to look beyond just placing signs and consider making a Facebook post about the sale in local buy and sell groups, and on Kijiji. Highlight some of your big ticket items, such as lawn equipment, baby items or high quality furniture. Many people in search of good deals check these groups and websites frequently.

Organize your sale

When you’re setting up the morning of the sale, take some time to organize items to make it easy for your visitors to find what they’re looking for. For instance, if you’re selling baby items, group them all together so that those who are looking for baby clothing or accessories only have to search in one section of your sale. Leave plenty of space for people to walk through the sale, as well. Making it easy to shop means people may spend more time and money at your sale.

Leave room to bargain

For smaller items, set a flat price, but be open to bargaining on bigger items. Decide your minimum selling price and set the price higher to allow for bargaining. Garage sale patrons love to feel like they’ve gotten a great deal, and this ensures you’ll part with the item at a price you feel comfortable with. Keep in mind that these are items you are looking to get rid out of your home; if you price things too high, they will not sell.

Consider offering package deals to incentivize people to buy multiple items. Offer video games at a discount if a shopper buys them all, for instance, or throw in a few DVDs if someone buys the DVD player you’re selling.

Post-Garage Sale

Have a plan for items that you do not sell at the garage sale. Instead of keeping them in your home, consider donating them to charity. Many charitable organizations will even pick up donations from your home!

Once your proceeds are counted, consider using them to pay off some debt, or add to your savings. If you don’t have an emergency fund established, the proceeds from your garage sale are a great start to your emergency fund!