A garage sale is a great way to get rid of old items, make some extra money and give your home a much-needed declutter. If you’re thinking about hosting your own garage sale, here are five tips for making sure it’s a success:
1.Organize the items you want to sell according to category, type and size.
- Organize the items you want to sell according to category, type and size.
Grouping items by color, shape and size will help customers find what they want faster. If you can’t do this yourself, ask a friend or spouse who has good organizing skills for some help.
2. Group like items together and price them all the same.
Group like items together and price them all the same. If you have a lot of items, use a spreadsheet or a price tag gun to keep track of prices.
If you are selling a lot of items and plan on using a price tag gun, consider purchasing an industrial strength version that can hold up to 20 tags at once.
3. Make signage that is clear, visible and easy to read from a distance.
- Make signage that is clear, visible and easy to read from a distance.
- Use a large, clear font that’s easy to read from a distance
- Use a contrasting color so the sign stands out (think red lettering on a white background)
- Use a big sign that’s visible from far away, like 100 feet or more (depending on how much space you have available) because people need time to stop in their cars or get out if they’re walking by on foot.
- Don’t use too much text or too many words because it will make your sign hard to read; keep it simple! Don’t include information such as phone numbers for people who want additional information about items inside the garage sale unless you’ve been asked specifically by customers beforehand. For example: “Stuffed animals 25 cents each.” Not “You can call me at 555-555-5555 if interested in purchasing stuffed animals!”
4. Keep a cash box with change on hand.
- Keep a cash box with change on hand.
- Have a few $1 and $5 bills available for last-minute buyers who don’t have enough small change to pay for their purchases.
- Make sure you have plenty of change on hand, as well. When people start buying your items, they’re often only able to make small payments at first. You’ll need the ability to make change quickly so that customers can get on their way as soon as possible. Make sure you know exactly how much money is in the cash box at all times, so you can track how much money is being taken in throughout your sale day!
5. Cordially greet customers as they arrive and make sure they feel welcome in your space.
- Cordially greet customers as they arrive and make sure they feel welcome in your space.
A great way to encourage people to stop by your garage sale is by being friendly and welcoming when they first arrive. You can do this by saying something like, “Hi, I’m so glad you came!” or “Welcome! Please come inside.” One of the best things about having a garage sale is that you’re able to meet new people from your community—so why not start off on the right foot?
Of course, there may be times when someone shows up looking for something specific that you don’t have for sale (or even if you do). As with any other negotiation situation, it’s important that both parties leave feeling satisfied with their interactions—but this also means that sometimes turning people away isn’t always such a bad thing!
Hosting a garage sale can be fun and easy if you follow these tips
- Be prepared to spend a lot of time
- Make sure you have enough space to display everything
- Don’t forget to make signs
- Don’t forget to have cash on hand
- Don’t forget to have change on hand
- Don’t forget a cash box
We hope you enjoyed our tips for hosting a garage sale! If you’re interested in doing more with your unwanted items, check out our guides on other ways to make money from your stuff.