One of the things about garage selling that most sellers don’t think about until it happens is the time they spend waiting for customers to show up. With some good advertising strategies and a little help from Glickin you should be able to minimize this time but expect to spend at least some time sitting around waiting. With that in mind here are a few suggestions to keep you busy during this oft boring experience.
Reading is FUNdamental: Read a book, a magazine, a how to pamphlet or a comic book / graphic novel. Maybe even pick up the Game of Thrones series and see what all the fuss is about. Reading keeps your brain sharp and helps you retain a large vocabulary. When I’m bored in a waiting room or on a long car ride I’m way more likely to reach for my Nook than my cell phone. It’s nice to put aside your ho hum life sometimes and become someone else, video games let you do that as well, but with a good book, you can really get inside the main character and know what they’re thinking intimately. A really good story makes you feel happy, sad, shocked and even disgusted. If reading is not for you, you can also try picking up an audio book and relax, close your eyes and really get into the story.
Get Puzzled: Jigsaws, word games, Sudoku or crossword puzzles. Puzzles not only keep you occupied, they exercise your critical thinking skills. Do enough puzzles and you might even get invited to one of those secret puzzle societies. If nothing else, having a partly finished puzzle out on the table is a good advertisement for both the puzzles you might be selling as well as the table.
Work it Out: Downtime is a good time, to get some work done. Organize some paperwork, tidy the garage, get started on that novel you’ve always wanted to write. If you’re feeling ambitious you can build something, paint a portrait or make something. I like to crochet things when I have downtime because my family and friends can never have enough hats scarves and blankets right? You can even literally work it out and pump some iron between customers, just make sure you don’t scare them away with your awesomeness. The best thing about getting some work done is the sense of accomplishment you’ll feel, on top of the piles of money you’re making. It’s like the emotional equivalent of the ice cream on the apple pie, except less fattening. Just don’t start something too big, because it’s Murphys law that as soon as you get started the next rush of customers is sure to show up.
Get in the Game: If you’re like most people you probably have a tonne of apps on your phone that you play with when you get bored. Waiting for customers is probably a good time to feed your digital cows, pop some bubbles or shoot projectiles. You probably won’t have the opportunity to wander far enough to catch a digital monster but you can hit up your Glickin app and keep you garage sale inventory updated and change out pics, as the day wears on. Alternatively, you can go big and pull out your laptop for some online gaming or start planning your next epic adventure. Just make sure you put a great big NOT FOR SALE sign on your laptop or its bound to start a bidding war.
Phone it in: Another great if not incredibly obvious use for cell phones, is calling your friends and family. I’m sure there’s a friend or family member out there that you haven’t talked to in a while that would absolutely love a surprise phone call, skype or facetime. You can find out what’s new or reminisce about old times. Just be sure the person you’re talking to knows and is cool with ending the conversation on a moment’s notice when customers turn up. Customers should be your number one priority and talking on the phone while talking to someone else can seem pretty rude and no one wants to be rude. Alternatively, you can invite a friend or family member to come co-host the sale with you. One of the most entertaining ways to pass the time is to spend it hanging out with your bestie. Gossip, dream about the future, or relive past memories. Just another reason that everything’s better with friends.
Whatever you plan to do with your down time, don’t leave your post for more than a few minutes. Be sure any activity you pick up is fairly easy to start and end so that you are always ready for the next customer. Don’t be in the basement filing paperwork, or inside changing laundry or you might miss that all important sale!
I’m sure you have many more ideas and suggestions for things to keep you occupied when you’re experiencing a lull. Let me know in the comments below and have a great weekend!