OK, so maybe it’s not a party, but who says you can’t have a great time and make money, all while hosting a garage sale? Here are some of my favorite tips and tricks from hosting a few garage sales over the years. Do you have some great tips you want added? We would love to hear them!
1. Mark Everything! I know, it’s a lot of work up front, but it is far worth the effort in my opinion. When I know I have a garage sale coming up, I have 2 areas in my house set aside. The first is for items I have found that I want to sell, the second is for items that are clearly marked with a price and are ready to be sold. When I am sitting watching TV, or just need to be still for a while, I grab a box from the ‘needs to be marked’ pile, along with my trusty price stickers and mark away. Make sure to mark everything ahead of time. It is one less thing you want to have to do the night before your garage sale.
2. Use Social Media! Social media is a great way to promote your garage sale. For the past few years the only ‘advertising’ I have done is on Craigslist and Facebook. Make a facebook ‘event’ about a week before you sale. Invite your local friends and family, and add pictures of what you are selling. List out the types of things you will be selling, and make sure big ticket items are listed. The week of your sale, make a craigslist add with days, times, and a list of general items. If you can take pictures of everything before-hand, it is great to add those in too. I cleared out my garage the week before and was setting up tables with items a few days before, so it was easy to take pictures.
3. Categorize! I always get lots of compliments that everything at our sales is so organized. I think people have an easier time shopping when all like things are grouped together, and they even buy more! Make 8×11 signs with general categories (cooking, kids toys, games, clothing, etc) and group all those items on a single table or blanket. It will not only help you keep track of where things are, but increase your sales as well!
4. Gather Supplies! Make sure you have everything you need for your garage sale a few days ahead of time. Go to the bank and get plenty of $5′s and $1′s and a roll of quarters. Have extra tape and price stickers, along with pens and paper. I made a ‘craft tool belt’ a while ago (I know, huge nerd right here) and it comes in handy all of the time. I used it at our sale for hold all of the money, pens, paper, and stickers so that they were always on me.
5. Have a ‘Sneak Peak’! This was something new that I tried this summer. Whenever I have a sale, I always have friends who want to stop by early to see what we have. I am always setting up everything the night before anyway, so this year I offered a ‘sneak peak’ the evening before for 2 hours from 5pm-7pm. I wasn’t sure how it was going to work out, but it was a huge success! Our signs were already up for the next day, and we are off a main street so tons of people saw that people were there and stopped by on their way home from work. The two hours flew by and we got traffic that I don’t think we would have normally gotten had we only been open from 8am-2pm.