Garage sales are a great way to remove extra items and make some extra cash at once. If you are intending to relocate to a new Fresno rental home shortly or want to clear out clutter, arranging a garage sale is a profitable option! Yet, a successful garage sale necessitates some advanced planning, not to mention all the time spent going through your stuff and selecting what to sell. If you are considering running a garage sale – or your last garage sale didn’t go as well as you hoped – keep reading for tips to make your sale day go as smoothly as possible.
The first step in holding a successful garage sale is deciding what to sell. This step can sometimes feel frustrating, mainly if you often cling to things you don’t need or use. One way to get through it is to make three categories for your stuff: Keep, Sell, and Trash. Bring together all of your garage sale items into one particular room of your home or garage so that you don’t need to go looking for them when the time comes to sell.
Price Items Correctly
The key to pricing garage sale items is to understand that you won’t be able to sell everything for the same price you originally bought it or even for what you could buy it online. Garage sale items must be similar to thrift store pricing, which is approximately one-third to a quarter of the original price. If you’re unsure, you can always conduct a quick Google search to determine the current value of an item and then price it correctly. Besides, while people will want to haggle with you over the price, don’t artificially inflate your prices to attempt and get more. Garage sale shoppers will see right through that trick, and your sales will bear the burden.
One of the great ways to make your garage sale gets a lot of attention is to advertise well. That means promoting both online and using directional signs the right way. Once you’ve decided on a 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. You don’t need something fancy: a simple “Garage Sale” with an arrow pointing in the right direction works perfectly. You will need to hang a sign on all major cross streets near your house and much more throughout the neighborhood. The more turns a person will need to make to get to your home from the main road, the more signs you will need.
Prepare for Success
The day before your garage sale, there are several things you should do to prepare for success. For example, gather the materials you will need to make signs, mark prices on sale items, and so on. It’s also important 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, contact friends or family members to help you set up your garage sale items, hang signs, and keep an eye on things if ever you need to take a rest. If you expect a lot of people coming into your garage (instead of the driveway), don’t forget to lock the doors to your house and keep a set of keys in your custody.
Have an Exit Plan
Lastly, a successful garage sale has an exit plan in place. That means that you need to know what you will do with your unsold items and having the help you need to arrange everything 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. That way, you can drive directly to the donation location afterward. In addition, keep in mind that you need to take down all of your garage sale signs! Not only is leaving them up an environmental nuisance, 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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