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Garage Sale Tips

April 27th, 2016 4:06 pm by

With May just around the corner, people are starting to plan for garage sale season. The secret to a successful garage sale is in the preparation. Do your work in advance and enjoy the profits. Make sure you arrange the date well in advance and before you do anything else, call your city to get informed on permit requirements for a garage sale. Below are 12 tips that will help you host a successful garage sale.

  1. Make sure to check with the weather network for good weather.
  1. Try to hold it on a non-holiday weekend so less people are out of town on vacation.
  1. Place ads on Kijiji and/or in the classifieds of your local paper.
  1. Go through every single room in your house. Include everything you want to get rid off. A rule of thumb could be that if you haven’t used it in 6 months, is it worth keeping?
  1. Start talking about it with your family and friends to see if they want to co-host. The more items you have for sale, the more appealing it will look and the more people will pull over.
  1. Clean up, wipe off, and wash down anything you want to sell. Make the displayed items look presentable.
  1. Get your friends and family to help you if you expect to get a large amount of visitors. In this case a pizza and refreshments can go a long way.
  1. Make sure to print colorful flyers with clear direction to your address to place around your neighborhood. You may even include some of the showcase items on the flyers.
  1. Put a price tag on every single item and group things by price. For example, set up a table to display items for a $1 or less to attract people and always leave room for bargaining. Do not overprice your items. Remember you want to get rid off them.
  1. To attract people, showcase the most valuable items such as furniture, antiques and collectibles right in the front.
  1. Make sure people have enough parking spaces. You might want to consider moving your own vehicle and maybe even asking your neighbors to kindly move theirs to make more space for visitors.
  1. Mingle with the crowd, be pleasant, and don’t forget people are there looking for a good bargain. One man’s junk is another man’s treasure!