| Garage Sale Hints|
§ Allow adequate time to plan and prepare-several weeks.
§ Selecting the right date is important so it won’t conflict with holidays or special events that compete for attendance.
§ Weekends are generally more successful than weekdays. Thursday is a good opening day.
§ Bigger is better.
§ Practical household goods such as appliances, dishes, furniture, tools, and the like are good sellers. Clothing typically doesn’t have a high resale value, with the possible exceptions of children’s clothing in good condition.
§ Try to merchandise your goods in an attractive manner as if you were displaying them in a store.
§ Clearly mark all items with a price.
§ Items should be clean, and if not in working order, labeled accordingly.
§ A classified ad in the newspaper listing some of the more desirable items can greatly increase your foot traffic.
§ Bulletin boards in grocery stores and other public places can provide additional exposure.
§ Use well-created, attractive signs to direct people to your home. The nicer the sign, the more attention it will attract.
§ Post a sign stating that all sales are final.
§ Visit other garage sales to see what works well.
§ You’ll need to have cash on hand to make change for customers.
§ Play it safe…don’t man your garage sale alone.
§ Keep your cash in a container that the “customer” can’t see into.
§ At the end of your sale, box up remaining merchandise, and give to your favorite charity.
Most of all, enjoy yourself.