(Closed) Bees who have had successful garage sales…

posted 4 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
2622 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@regit45: If only done a couple, but here is what I would recommend

  • Advertise in the local paper, craigslist (and put some pics of the best stuff on craiglist as well as a list of the type of stuff you have) and have large, clearly written signs directing traffic from main roads. Must be readable from moving vehicle. THICK lettering. 

  • Invite friends over to have a table. Advertise “multi-family” yard sale.

  • Price things right. Remember if you dont sell it youll end up donating it or throwing it out likely. So price it so people want it. Be willing to negotiate. 

  • Organize it so that the largest items are near the road for people to see as they drive by as they determine “if its worth stopping”

  • Be set up early as you can. Many people like to go early and youll miss sales if you are not set up until 10. 

Post # 4
1172 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

@regit45:  Advertise on something like Craigslist.


Be specific about some of the big ticket items when advertising.

Make sure to list a time frame. I put no early birds on my ad and I still had 30 people at my garage an hour before start time.

Be prepared to negotiate

Remember its not new and your trying to get rid of it. If someone makes a decent offer on something accept it.

Be friendly

Also if you have kids get them into the act. My kids stood on the sidewalk and advertised to people driving by and gave out a free cookie to anyone who stopped, well until they ran out.

If its getting down to the end of the sale and you still have alot of stuff, offer shoppers a buy something get something free.  I had tons of movies from when we were in Alaska, and I let people buy three get one free.

Good luck.

I made over a 1000.00 in two days.


Post # 5
688 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Advertise in your local paper!!! Put up signs with writing big enough for people to read while driving by in their cars. Don’t have ridiculous hours! 

My dad posted his garage sale in the local paper, opened at 9AM and there were people waiting on the driveway!! Before it even opened!! You have to advertise like anything else to get people to notice and come! 

Post # 6
2573 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I did a couple where I sold only clothes, shoes, and DVDs, and I made about $200 in a weekend. Here are my tips:

1) Be ready at least two hours before your opening time in your ad. Garage sale customers are ridiculous about showing up before the sale is even going on, but you don’t want to miss out on a $$$ opportunity just b/c you weren’t set up “in time.”

2) Check with your city/locality if a permit is required for a garage sale. No joke – when I used to live in Pasadena, my roommate and I got written up b/c we were holding a garage sale without a permit. If a permit IS required, try to get a group going so you can split the cost of permit and just sell together.

3) Do buy one, get one free specials. For instance, if you are  selling a dress for $20 or $15, add a scarf “for free.” Not only will it give it better value but you’ll get rid of stuff even more quickly that way.

4) Get creative with how you organize the items. I had a tall picket fence so I was able to hang most of the clothes I was selling on that. Use colorful scarves as decorations and make sure all the most colorful items are out on display not stuck in boxes.

I hope that helped! 🙂

Post # 7
3004 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

Thursdays mornings are the best garage sale days believe it or not! Post on-line and on both street access corners. Use flags to draw attention to the home. Say “everything is negotiable”. Talk to the people, ask them what they are looking for. Keep the prices reasonable. Most people won’t pay more than $5-10 for something at a garage sale.

– EDIT: now is a great time for a garge sale, early in the season before people are garage saled out.  Avoid having it during a time when there is a city wide garage sale somewhere else!


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