Garage sales are an ideal way to get rid of extra items and make some extra cash at once. If you want to relocate to a new Calabasas rental home quickly or wish to clean up clutter, setting up a garage sale is a profitable way to go! But a successful garage sale needs some advanced planning, not to mention all the effort of going through your stuff and deciding what to sell. If you are planning to run a garage sale – or your previous garage sale wasn’t as successful as you wanted – keep reading for tips to make your sale day run smoothly.
The initial move to holding a successful garage sale is to decide what to sell. This step can feel overwhelming sometimes, mostly if you want to keep things you don’t need or use. One way to work through this is to make three categories for your stuff: Keep, Sell, and Trash. Accumulate all of your garage sale items in a particular location of your home or garage so that once you are about to sell, you don’t have to go hunting for them.
Price Items Correctly
When it comes to pricing garage sale items, always keep in mind that you won’t be able to sell anything for the same price you originally bought it, or even for what you could buy it online. Garage sale items should be in line with thrift store pricing, which is about one-third to a quarter of the original price. If you have no idea, you can always do a fast Google search to determine the item’s current value and then price it accordingly. Also, though customers may want to haggle with you over the price, don’t artificially inflate your prices to try and get more. Garage sale shoppers will see right through that trick, and your sales will bear the consequences.
One of the easiest approaches to make your garage sale get a lot of attention is to advertise effectively. That means promoting both online and using directional signs the right way. Once you’ve settled the date and time for your garage sale, post a digital advertisement onto your community message board or the free classifieds. Then get crafty with some poster board and markers and make some signs. It doesn’t have to be something luxurious: a simple “Garage Sale” with an arrow pointing in the right direction would be enough. You’ll want to hang a sign on all major cross streets near your house, as well as several more throughout the neighborhood. The more turns someone would need to make to get to your home from the main road, the more signs you’ll need.
Prepare for Success
The day before your garage sale, there are numerous things that you need to do to prepare for success. For instance, bring together the materials you will need to make signs, mark prices on sale items, and so forth. It’s also recommended to have a money box or other container with enough change in it to break a few large bills and a good assortment of coins. If possible, get friends or family members involved to help you set out your garage sale items, hang signs, and keep an eye on things if you need to take a break. If you plan to have people coming into your garage (instead of the driveway), be sure to lock the doors to your house and keep a set of keys in your pocket.
Have an Exit Plan
As a final point, an excellent garage sale has an exit plan in place. That includes knowing what you will do with your unsold items and having the help you need to take everything down once the sale is over. If you have large items, arrange for a truck to come and collect any unsold items you don’t plan to keep. If your items are small enough to fit into a car, keep enough boxes handy to load everything up and into the vehicle as soon as your garage sale is over. In that way, you can drive directly to the donation location afterward. Additionally, ensure to take down all of your garage sale signs! Not only is it leaving them up an environmental problem, but it may also cause people to knock on your door or try to take things from your yard long after the sale is over.
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