How To Make Money With Garage Sales

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

your area.

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

balloons, etc.

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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