Post # 1
Anyone have any idea how to have a successful garage sale? It’s sad, but I can only remember my family having ONE in my whole life. We always donated or gave away things. Now my garage is stacked to the cieling with things that I don’t want, and I want to have a garage sale to maybe pay for something nice that will declutter our home.
Any advice, ideas, or resources you ladies know of to have a successful garage sale? How do I price things? How do I advertise?
Post # 3
Some of the best sales I’ve been to have included the following..
A changing area if you sell clothing
Offer free bottled water
Have some music playing
If you have high ticket items, call it a tag sale
If you can swing it, a “Spin the Wheel” that gives them 5-10-15-20% off
A coloring/play area for kids
Don’t turn down any offer. If you feel it’s too low, ask to take their number. If the item is unsold, you can call them back after the sale is over.
Do a free with purchase table. Little knicknacks that you just want to get rid of and would sell for less than a buck.
Advertise on craigslist, local papers, put signs up 2-5 days before sale (if you are permitted to)
Post # 4
Advertise! Put an ad in the paper and get big, clear signs that point to your sale. The easier to get to your sale, the more people will stop by.
Also, make the sale look attractive for those driving by. Put big items out front and make your sale look big with a great variety of items.
Offering free food or drink always helps too! 🙂
Post # 5
Make sure everything is clean. I hate going to garage sales where everything is grimey looking.
Have a price on everything. Some people don’t want to ask how much something is and will pass it by rather than ask how much it is.
Group like things together. Some people are only interested in glassware, etc., and if it’s all together, they won’t overlook something.
Don’t over-price your stuff. If I walk into a garage sale and everything is too high, I just walk out, even if they might have something I want.
Post # 6
Make sure you check your city’s local ordinances. Lots of town have rules about where you can put your signs, what hours your sale can be open, and some even require a permit. You can get fined if you violate the rules so better safe than sorry!
Post # 7
@FreeRangeMom: Excellent point! I just remembered my town only allows two garage sales at an address each year.
Post # 8
Wow, thanks for all the advice! I didn’t even think about ANY of that! I was going to have a “Free” section, just because I do have a lot of things I don’t think will sell.
I’m nervous about pricing things too high, because I’m not sure how high people price used stuff like changing tables and high chairs. But maybe I could check out other local sales?
I like the idea to offer food! I’m always starving when I’m out shopping!
Post # 9
@MightySapphire: for bigger items that you are looking to price, check out your local newspaper want ads section and craigslist – compare prices w/ those ads and with what you have (w/ consideration of the condition your items are in).
Make some cookies and have some water out w/ mini cups (esp. if it is hot out!).
I definitely agree w/ the other posters about grouping things togther and putting little price tags/stickers on each item.
Post # 10
We had a really successful garage sale this weekend. We made enough to pay off one of our vendors. We did not price anything, offer free food, changing areas, or some of the other stuff mentioned.
I greeted everyone as they came up our driveway with a hello, and then I stepped aside and just let them look. When they asked the price of an item, I told them how much it was, and they either liked the price or made an offer and I either didn’t accept their offer or did accept their offer. The things that I really wanted to get rid of I priced really low and the things that I had a hard time parting with, I priced higher. I placed larger items in the back and smaller items in the front and made sure there was plenty of room to walk around each table or large item. As items sold, I rearranged items to make things look fresh and filled in.
When the people left, I thanked them for coming and wished them a very nice rest of the day, even if they didn’t purchase anything. We had many people come back and make purchases becuase I didn’t pressure them when they came to look and I always said hello and thanked them.
My Fiance was available to help load things into peoples vehicles, as needed.
Make sure you go to your bank and get a variety of change in case people have larger bills or purchase something for 50 cents and they only have a dollar. I got 20 ones, 4 fives, and a roll of quarters. I had it available just in case, but the only time I broke into it was when I broke a larger bill for ones.
When you put signs up, make sure you make them bold and readable. Hot pink signs with the location, time, and date work well. Make sure you put them at every close by major intersection and leading up to your place.
Post # 11
Forgot to mention – if you live in an area with sidewalks and pedestrians nearby, you can use sidewalk chalk to say Yardsale with an arrow pointing down your street. Especially if you mark the sidewalk in a place where there are lots of people, like outside a coffee shop or brunch place, you will get lots of additional foot traffic this way.
Post # 12
I agree with putting your best stuff out front. I often do a “drive by”. If nothing looks interesting I don’t go in. I know its much easier to keep things set out in the garage but people can’t see them when they are driving by.
When you advertise make sure to mention what you are selling. Baby stuff will always get people in the door.
Most people are looking for a good bargain. Many will offer you a low ball price, but actually be willing to pay higher. You just have to play the game with them. I would say price stuff high and be ready to negotiate.
Also, I love $1 bins or whatever. That way people know the price up front. Maybe offer, but 5 things, get the 6th free or something.
Post # 13
If you have a lot of larger items, like furniture, and if you have the means to do it, offer to haul large purchases to people’s homes for a little extra $$. I’m always on the lookout for used furniture, but with my tiny car, I almost never buy!
Post # 14
We’re having a yard sale in a couple weeks with some other families in our neighborhood. If you can, “multiple-family” garage sales bring in a lot more people than single household sales.
Post # 15
Try to use tables + have things at browsing height so shoppers aren’t bending over to look at everything.
Prices! I hate going to a busy sale and having to wait to ask the price of something.
Talk to your neighbors… a street/community sale always brings out more shoppers than if you’re on your own!
Post # 16
Oh wow, thank you for all the help!! I didn’t realize how much went into a garage sale, haha. If not for you ladies I would have just opened my garage and put a sign out front, LOL. Love all the ideas, keep ’em coming!
(Congrats on the successful garage sale Noritake!)