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Garage Sale Tips and Tricks

A garage sale is a great way to make a few dollars and get rid of a lot of clutter in your home. It can also be a lot of work. But with a few simple tips, you can create a garage sale that runs smoothly and makes you more money.

Getting Ready

Get all of your things for the garage sale ready to go before the sale begins. Start by organizing everything into categories. Put kitchen items in one section, toys in another, books in another, and clothing in yet another. This will make it easier for people to find your items. Pick up some plastic baskets from the dollar store to fill with small items, and label each basket with a per-item price. This saves a lot of time wasted labeling each and every small item with the same price.

Wash clothing before you put it up for sale. A clean, nice-smelling piece of clothing is more likely to go for the asking price than a wrinkly one that doesn’t look fresh. If you can, mend any small issues like loose buttons.

Give toys a wipe down as well so they look newer and cleaner.

Start Early

Garage sale lovers often start out early in the morning, so get up early and get started. You may miss a lot of the bargain hunters if you choose to sleep in, so set the alarm!  Have everything ready the night before, set up on tables you can simply push out. Casters are a great way to make this easier. Price things a little higher than you would like to get for them, since all garage sale visitors love to negotiate a better price—this way you can drop prices without losing much.

Advertise Your Sale

Advertise your garage sale not just with signs around the neighborhood, but also on the local craigslist page, where many people look for garage sales to visit each weekend. List some of the larger items you have for sale, as some people may be seeking a particular item.

Consider having a multi-family garage sale with some friends or neighbors. Large sales with a lot to offer will draw in more people, resulting in more sales for you. You can finish off the evening with a barbeque and turn a successful garage sale into a successful weekend event.

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