Whether you’re a first time seller or garage sales are a yearly practice for you, everyone worries about making their garage sale successful. Here are some points to consider for making your sale run smoothly:
Team up with neighbours: neighbourhood yard sales are becoming more and more popular. Buyers get excited about the prospect of bigger sales because it increases their chances of finding rare and interesting items. You can also share the cost of advertising (signs, paid advertisements etc. not GLICKIN of course), increasing profits for everyone involved!
Check weather conditions: If your “garage sale” is actually a “YARD” sale it’s a good idea to check the weather report to make sure you don’t get rained out. People are also more likely to go shopping outdoors when it’s clear and sunny outside. If rain is likely, it might be a good idea to postpone.
Lure buyers in with free items: Place a few items in a bin with a large FREE sign near the front of your garage sale to lure in passers-by who might not otherwise care to stop in. Providing cookies or other snacks is also a great incentive to keep buyers hanging around.
Advertise: This one is obvious. Make sure outdoor signs are bright and bold, place them on major roads leading into your neighbourhood and make sure they are easy to read and clearly point the way to your sale. You can also advertise on neighbourhood bulletin boards and spread the word amongst friends and family. Websites that let you post for free like GLICKIN, Kijiji & Facebook are a great resource to reach a wider audience.Be a good neighbour and remove any signs you posted once your sale is over.
Organize: Make sure items are displayed thoughtfully and not just strewn about. Put “like” items together, kind of like departments in a retail store. That way, when someone asks for sporting goods you can send them to isle 6 beside the kids clothing department, Prices should be clearly displayed to avoid confusion. Make sure price tags are attached to the items you are pricing. Place cheaper items near the front and through the middle of the sale and put a few eye catching items in front. Unique or sought after items will lure people in and then the cheaper items will bring them all the way through the sale to the back where you can place larger things like furniture. Consider taping breakable items such as dishes together to avoid breakage. Make sure items you don’t want to sell are put away.
Clean: Spruce up everything you’re selling; launder clothing and wipe clean items before displaying them. An air compressor works great for this to give your items a quick dusting outside. People don’t want to buy dirty junk. Give your used treasures a chance to shine!
Be Safe: Most people are trustworthy but there are always a few bad apples in the bunch. Make sure someone is always able to keep an eye on the cashbox or better yet get a fanny pack and carry the cash box with you. If someone steals an item from your sale, please don’t attempt to pursue them. No stolen item is worth your personal safety. Keep doors locked and make sure people you don’t know cannot access the inside of your house.
Donate:Consider donating left over items to charity after your garage sale is over. It always feels good to help others! We especially recommend Habitat for Humanity ReStore for all your Building Materials and Appliances and The Salvation Army for everything else. You can even ask for a Donation receipt that can be used for income tax deductions.
Hopefully I’ve given you some good ideas to help make your next sale a success.
Have any tips and tricks of your own? Let me know in the comments below.