A garage sale also takes time and planning in order to be successful. Although you may think of just trying to get rid of clutter in your home, you may also need to look at it as a means to earn a bit from something that you would otherwise just throw away.
Here are some things that you can follow to ensure that your next garage sale would be a successful one, both in terms of clearing your home from clutter and earning a bit of something for doing so.
Plan and Prepare Early
A garage sale haphazardly put up can only suffer from confusion and lost opportunities. Even though it is just a garage sale you may also need to plan it and plan it early.
Give yourself a couple of weeks or even more in trying to organize and set up your garage sale.
You may need to check up on the various items that you may want to put up for sale. Make sure that you have items that people would really be interested in. Some junk you may have in the home have potential.
But make sure at least that they are in good working condition. Avoid selling trash to people on your garage sale or you will just end up with few interested buyers for your things.
Organize items by type (kitchen, clothing, sports, etc.), make it easy to walk the place, and display things where people can see them.
Now that you have a list of things that you may want to sell in your upcoming garage sale, you may now need to schedule it. A good time to hold a garage sale is sometime during the summer.
This way you don’t have to deal with issues about the weather that much. Summer is also the time when more people are out and about, with a lot of people noticing your garage sale and maybe buy an item or two.
Another good idea for a garage sale is to schedule it on the weekend. That way, people may have the time to go around and see what you have in store for your garage sale.
If you have a lot of seasonal items to sell, it would be good to have your garage sale a month or two before the actual period in order to increase your chances of selling them. Buying Christmas decor and items can be far from people’s minds during the summer.
Start your sale on Friday, not Saturday
You might think Saturday and Sundays are the best days for sales because people do not work. But, Thursday and Friday sale mean Less competition.
Just because people work on Thursday or Fridays doesn’t mean they won’t go shopping. Begin early, 6 a.m. or 7 a.m. to ensure that you’ll get the people who are going to work and driving to school.
Price items fairly
You may want to price every item you put up for sale. But you won’t make as much money this way. Let people name the price. If it’s not what you was expecting, and it’s early in the sale, just say no.
You should already know the price you want to sale your items before the sale.
Pricing should be 10 to 25 percent of what the initial price was. Remember that most people who would be going to your garage sale would have about 20 dollars to spend at most.
Except for big-ticket items like a dining set, most things should be priced for $1 to $100. Last day of the sale, expect to sell things for 50% off.
People are always looking for bargains when visiting garage sales and make sure that you are offering them just that.
Create a fun shopping experience.
Make it fun with music, water, and popcorn or cookies. If you get people talking to you and talking about your stuff, they are much more likely to want to buy something.