Tips on having a Garage Sale (Yard Sale/Tag Sale)

Marion LicchielloStarred Page By Marion Licchiello, 14th Aug 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Are you ready to get rid of your old items or anything you haven't used in a while. Are you paying for a storage unit and you don't even know what's in it? Here are some tips on having a garage sale to make some extra cash.

The beginning of the day

Okay.. it's time to get rid of some stuff...right?

First of all, make sure you start bringing items out early. If you are planning on your sale starting at 9:00AM -start putting your tables out at 7:00AM. If you already have everything on your tables and you will just be carrying them out 8:00AM is fine but if you still have to set things up and you have a lot of stuff I would start 2 hours in advance.

At our last garage sale that started at 9:00AM, people started coming at 7:00AM - SO BEWARE!so beware!

Signage

Put up your signs up the night before - everywhere visible in your neighborhood. (Be sure you have some on Intersections closest to your sale) Look for other signs to put yours next to.

It's a wonderful thing nowadays because with the internet we are able to advertise on every free website possible. Look under free ads for garage sales, yard sales, tag sales and/or estate sales. On these websites you can add a lot of information and on some you are able to add pictures.

Be sure you remember where you hand your signs because you will also be taking them down when the sale is over. Don't let them stay up more than a few days after. I know it's a pain, but it's all part of the process.

Do your best to write with waterproof markers just in case it rains over night. There's nothing as disappointing for you or the people in search of a sale than to see runny signs.

Get the most fluorescent or colorful paper you can find. You want to attract attention.

Be sure to write large enough for people to see from their vehicles. It's sometimes easier to buy a big poster board and cut it in four. We put up all sizes from 8 x 10 to 16x20 and up. The more the merrier. We also got approved to post in a local supermarket.

It's good to put arrows on your signs directing people to the sale. State the days, date and time, address and any cross roads.

Example

Huge Multi-Family Garage Sale

Saturday & Sunday
September 10th & 11th
9:00AM - 4:00PM
123 Wikinut Lane, Internet
(Across from Write,Share, Earn Road)

If you are canceling due to weather – take signs down immediately, before the time listed on the sale. If you can, put a sign up outside your garage sale area stating "No Garage Sale Due to Weather". If you have a rain date list it.

What worked for us

Ask your neighbors to join in. Send them an email or post a sign on a community board stating the date when you'll be having your sale.

Be sure you have a lot of items to sell. People don't like to stop as much for a garage sale with a few items; they want to know they can hunt for that treasure.

Be sure you have tables and display units. If you run out of display space – throw a sheet or blanket on the floor and display your items there.

Make sure the items you are selling are clean.

Pricing your items

Mark everything separately or display in boxes with a sign saying – This box - $1.00 each.

When people come to a garage sale they are usually looking for low priced items; anything from 25 cents to $5.00 for the smaller items. Of course with big items you need to charge appropriately.

If there is anything that is non negotiable, state it on the price tag by putting a big “FIRM” on it.

I found some stickers that were already marked with prices from .25 to $15 and some blanks. Those were very useful. I think I found them at the dollar store.

Be sure to have change / money

Be sure to have a lot of singles, some fives, some tens and lots and lots of quarters, dimes and nickels.

Keep your money in a fanny pack, close to your body.

Do not keep a box on the table filled with money.

Day of

Wear comfortable clothes and shoes/sneakers.

Remember your sunscreen if it's a sunny day.

Have snacks and plenty of water on hand.

Always be around so people see you in case they have any questions but don't follow anyone around.

Do not allow anyone in your home for any reason at any time during your garage sale.

Have fun. Just know it's hard work but it can be very rewarding. It's nice to know someone else really wants or needs what you are selling.

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Garage Sale, Tag Sale, Tips Of Garage Sales, Tips On Making Extra Money, Yard Sale

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author avatar Sheila Newton
16th Aug 2011 (#)

Never had a garage sale. But maybe now - I WILL!!!

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author avatar Marion Licchiello
16th Aug 2011 (#)

Hey Sheila.. you can make some extra money...but it is HARRRRD work.. Hee heee!!! Good luck if you do.. let's us know how it goes

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author avatar Carol Kinsman
16th Aug 2011 (#)

Great tips on how have a successful garage sale. I would love to have one, but we are too far out to get many people. I had one years ago when we lived closer to town and was shocked at how many people would try to go in the house and the garage. Thanks, Mar.

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author avatar Marion Licchiello
16th Aug 2011 (#)

Wow... I know.. we made sure everything was locked up everywhere else. No one tried to get into any part of the home this time.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
16th Aug 2011 (#)

Excellent tips Mar. Thank you.

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author avatar Marion Licchiello
16th Aug 2011 (#)

You are welcome

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