Who's had success hosting a garage sale?!

posted 3 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

@figgnewton:  i have actually had a few garage sales and they have been quite successful.  i was pleasantly surprised.  what i didn’t sell on the first saturday, i kept in the garage and pulled out the following saturday. 

the hardest part (most time consuming) is organizing and pricing everything. 

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

We have one every summer :). This summer we made 300 something. It depends. Some sales are boring and hardly anyone comes, others are crazy fast. Just advertise the crap out of it, post it on craigslist, other yard sale websites, tons of signs on the main roads. etc. It’s fun.

Post # 5
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

@figgnewton:  As long as you price everything to GO, everything will!

I hate yardsales where people are like “This crib was purchased in 1992 for $300, but we’ll let it go for $250. It was only used by 4 kids.”

Seriously, that thing is probably a drop-sided death trap, and we both know it’s not worth $50, let alone $250. MAYBE $25.

Post # 6
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753 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2001

I love garage sales!

We had a huge one when my roommates and I moved outta of our college house. We each made at least 300 each which was big back then.

Some tips / things that helped it be successful

– It was the beginning of spring so I think people were excited for garage sale season

– We put an ad up on craigslist with pictures and listed all of our items to attract lots of buyers

– We put a big price on every single item

– We lived on the busiest road in town

– We encouraged other friends to come and bring stuff to sell (the more items, the more likely people are to stop) and It was a fun yard party / get together (and you dont have to sit there alone all day)

– We sold water and treats (why not)

– We put bigger signs (6 inch by 6 inch) made from neon posterboard on bigger items like furniture so people could see our low prices when they drove by

– We covered old political/business yard signs with big neon posterboard signs with the information about the sale and put them at big intersections (made 12)

– We printed smaller signs and put them up a middle schools, high schools, the college, supermarket, parks, community centers, etc.

– We played nice music so it wasn’t awkward silence

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