Drive through almost any neighborhood in any city or town on
a weekend, and you’re sure to see garage sales scattered
These homeowners are spending their weekend time off making
money. The average profit is $600 for a one-weekend garage
It’s time to get your share of the pie. Organization is the
Step one: Check with the local officials to see what the
local laws and regulations are on operating garage sales in
Step two: Spend a few weekends going to garage sales in
your area. See what is selling, what people are buying, how
the items are priced, how the sellers advertise. Observe
how the sellers display their items. Take notes.
Step three: Clean house and take stock of what you have and
what it’s time to get rid of. Be sure to pick out at least
one interesting and unusual item to call
attention to your sale; some large ticket item you can set
up in front of your home during your sale.
If you find older items such as dishes, a painting, an old
flower urn etc. that you feel it’s time to dispose of have
it appraised. You don’t want to sell something for 50 cents
only to find out later it was an antique valued at $500.00.
You can be sure there are garage sale shoppers who are on
the lookout for just this kind of treasure.
Step four: Pick a date for your sale. The best time to
have a garage sale is twice a year in May or September.
People will be out shopping for summer items in May and
winter items in September.
Never pick a holiday weekend such as Mother’s Day or Labor
Day. Holiday festivities will get the attention of most
The best days for your garage sale are Thursday, Friday, and
Step five: Advertise, advertise and advertise some more.
Place ads in the local newspaper, shopper guides, on
bulletin boards and even online. Place signs all over the
neighborhood with brightly colored letters, attached
Step six: Organize your sale. Put price stickers on your
items. Have a wide variety of clothing and jewelry and
arrange them in a rainbow of colors. Make sure jewelry and
appliances sparkle! Hang clothing on racks arranged in
sizes. Imagine that you are opening a retail store and copy
what the stores do.
If you have items that are hard to price and you think they
will not sell, put them in a penny box. And be sure to mark
the box “Penny Box” or “All items just 1 cent each”.
Step seven: Timing. Consider starting at 7:00 a.m. instead
of 8:00 or 9:00. And close no later than 6:00 p.m. And
positively NEVER shut down for the noon hour! There are
people who work on weekends and will stop on their way to or
from work and shop during their lunch breaks.
As most customers will have come and gone by 1:00, noon hour
being the most active, you can start lowering prices after
1:00 p.m. On items you think will not sell at all, put them
in a box marked “Free”.
And lastly, what doesn’t sell take to the local Good Will or
other organization of your choice.
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