Holding a garage or yard sale will always be one of the easiest ways to dispose of unwanted family collecttions of stuff and earn money at the same time. Professional “garage sales” buyers regularly watch for garage and yard sale announcements. They want to make sure they’ll be the first ones to look for and claim possible worthwhile and valuable things that may be considered trash by other people.
Here are some basic things to consider if you’re planning a garage/yard sale.
As the Organizer and Operator of the Sale, you’ll be responsible for -
It’s hard to run a one-man-show. It’s possible to do so, of course, but it’s not something you should set out to do in the first place. Therefore, try inviting as many friends and relatives as you can to help you out with your garage sale. Delegate as many responsibilities as you can but save those tasks which you feel only you can handle. Decide who would be best to handle advertising, the cashbox, welcoming customers, and answering questions
TAKING CARE OF BREAKABLES
Accidents can always happen and it’s easy for a customer to accidentally collide with a table containing breakables and cause them to topple off. Breakable items could be placed in fabric covered or plastic containers that won’t cause them to break into tiny pieces when somebody accidentally rattles the table.
MAKING USE OF OLD SHOPPING BAGS
Instead of buying several packs of paper or plastic bags for customer purchases, first try making do with all the used paper and plastic bags you’ve collected over the years.
NEATNESS IS A MUST
Nobody likes shopping in a dirty place - no matter how great the products are. Keep your surroundings clean during business hours. Make use of as many trash cans as you can so customers won’t be tempted to throw their garbage anywhere. Closing hours should be spent cleaning the whole area and reorganizing tables and items for your next sale day.
OFFER WEATHER APPROPRIATE REFRESHMENTS
If you’re holding your garage sale in autumn, it’s best to sell drinks like coffee and hot tea because people are beginning to feel cold during this season. For spring and summer, cold drinks are no doubt preferable. If you’re planning to sell food, make sure that you don’t sell anything difficult to eat while standing or that would cause sticky fingers. Chips are great but any non-sticky finger food would do as well. And don’t forget to smile. A smile can brighten people’s day and you definitely want your shoppers in a good mood when they enter your garage sale. But your real success comes from an organized approach to preparing for the Big Sale Day.
Things like -
· Where to get your stock/inventory
· Finding Kitchen Stuff
· Finding Bathroom Stuff
· Finding Bedroom Stuff
· Finding Living Room Stuff
· Basements and Garage Stuff
· Fixing and Cleaning
· Labeling the Items
· Setting Your Prices
· When to Have Your Sale
· Advertising and Promoting
· Handling the Money
· Tips and Tricks
It will give you a complete overview of how to ensure that your garage sale is everything you can possibly wish for and be wildly successful!
Of course, anyone can take their “stuff” to the dump or give it away to charity, and that’s a noble cause. However, chances are you may have paid a pretty penny for some of the “stuff” that has outlived its’ usefulness. There is absolutely nothing wrong with wanting to maximize your investments. There will always be opportunities to donate or dump your stuff - especially after your sale.