Okay, so you’ve rifled through all that junk in the garage and your mother-in-law is telling you, don’t throw it away, have a garage sale, your junk is someone else’s treasure, she says. You on the other hand are looking at your unwanted stuff and thinking, it looks like junk to me. Thing is, as crazy as it seems, it is true. Someone else will come along and buy all that stuff you can’t stand to look at anymore. So where do you start? Garage sales can be fun and profitable but if not prepared they can lead to disaster.
First thing the new garage seller must do is organize the stuff you plan to sell. There are things that you know are worth money and that you can sell easily and then there is the stuff you can’t imagine someone else wanting. That second pile, by the way, will sell the fastest, go figure. Separate your items into groups so that you can price them out. Higher end items should be mixed in with the other stuff because you don’t want potential buyers to get to the little stuff and stop looking. When you price your items always price them a little higher than you normally will because half the fun of garage sales for most die-hard garage sale visitors is in talking you down on the price. This way you get the actual price you really wanted on most items. Another tip, is to price your items with color coded tags this makes it easier for the buyer to distinguish and makes it easier for you.
Now that you have everything organized you have to turn your attention towards advertising. Some people like putting an ad in the local classifieds and while this is fine, it isn’t necessary. A couple of colorful poster boards with “Garage Sale” and the address written on them will do fine. There are loads of folks who, when the weather is good, go out on Saturday and Sunday mornings just in search of those colorful signs. So don’t fret over having a garage sale, it is as easy as taking the stuff to the land fill only with a garage sale you actually get to make a little money. There are some people who have garage sales every week and make enough money to go on vacation, buy a car, or just have some extra spending or bill money.
Note: It is important to note here that you may want to check with your local city government about laws having to do with garage sales. While they used to be no huge deal, more and more cities have ordinances requiring that people obtain a permit. Remember, you can always have the kids or grandkids help you organize things, they’ll love looking through your old junk and putting it on the sale list. You can also look into having a garage sale organizer come in and organize and sell your stuff, but they usually come with a price tag. Doing it yourself is fun and profiting, so clean out that garage and give it a try.