Hi beauties! Happy Tuesday! I wanted to pop in real quick and share a few tips for having a great garage sale. I had my second garage sale over the weekend and although it was not that great (darn you, Mother Nature!) I've definitely learned a few tips + tricks and wanted to share!
1. Stage it well
Sure, it's a garage sale. But people are still coming to shop your stuff, and they're more likely to find a few treasures to take home if it's organized and staged well. Wipe down tables before laying things out (maybe even throw some pretty sheets over top of the tables if they're ratty!), hang clothes on a garment rack, set books out on a bookshelf. Clean up anything that seems dirty or dusty. Group like items together and make sure your shoppers don't have too dig too far to see everything. Also, consider raiding your grocery bag stash and having bags handy for people who end up with a lot of stuff. When I did this last year, people were so grateful!
2. Have lots of change
I usually try to have $200 in change in very small bills. And don't forget coins! Grab your change jar and keep it handy. Also, if you have any single item that is over $25 or you're selling lots of furniture, consider accepting credit card with Square! You can get a free one sent by mail when you sign up online, or you can buy one in store. It's super easy to use and you get the money fast!
3. Create some impulse-buy bins
You know when you go to check out at a store and there are a bunch of cute little trinkets right by the cash register that catch your eye? Same concept. Have a few small bins of small, random items as "impulse buys." I usually do one bin where everything is 25 cents and one bin where everything is 10 cents. Think miscellaneous kitchen utensils, random craft supplies, cords and such, headbands, jewelry, etc. Those dimes and quarters add up and I noticed last year when I did this that most people tacked on a few little impulse buys to their purchase!
4. Price it right
Remember, t's a garage sale. It doesn't matter that you spent $28 on that hardcover book - it's worth about $2 in a garage sale. This is next to free. Cheaper than thrift store prices. I rarely price any single item above $3 in garage sales unless it's really worth that. Here's an example of some prices in my most recent sale:
- vintage glass Ball jars: $2 each
- 16 piece dinnerware set: $15
- all clothing items: $2 each
- cd's: 50 cents each
- sunhat: $1
- glass vases/candle holders: $1 each
- books: $1 for paperback, $2 for hardcover
That being said, if you do have items that you think might be worth something, do your research! It is so easy to sell things online nowadays thanks to sites like eBay, Craigslist, ThredUp, Poshmark and even Instagram sales! If you china or nice dishes, consider checking what they're worth on replacements.com. Books and media (dvds, etc.) can be sold super easily on Amazon. I usually list easily mailable antiques and vintage items on eBay. Craigslist is good for furniture, but I wouldn't list anything valuable because people can be psycho. I usually list clothes on Instagram first (it's so easy to set up a separate "yard sale" account!), then Poshmark, then if they don't sell on Poshmark after a week or two, I'll send them into ThredUp in exchange for credit.
5. Clearly separate multiple sellers' items
If you have a multi-family sale with profits going in several directions, clearly separate whose is whose by assigning a color to each person. For example, you get pink, your mom gets green and your MIL gets yellow. As people buy things, remove the price sticker and stick it to a piece of posterboard. After the sale, tally up each person's amount they're owed and divvy up the cash. Easy peasy!
6. Group like items and price them the same
To make it easy, create a couple hodge podge bins where everything is 50 cents, or a dollar. Some ideas would be a Christmas bin, a holiday bin, a crafting bin, a stuffed animals bin, a toy bin, a basket bin, etc. Bonus - clearly mark on the outside a price for the entire bin. Make sure it's a deal - so that if they bought everything individually, they'd be saving several dollars by taking the whole shebang.
7. Make a plan for the leftovers
The point of a garage sale is to get rid of your stuff. When the sale is over, be sure to have a plan for what you're doing with everything that's left over. Don't just shove it back in your garage or attic for next year! Salvation Army and Goodwill both offer free pickups, so that's a great option. This year, I did a combination of things. All the housewares (dishes, sheets, etc.) are going to a church ministry to be given to needy families. All the books are going to our library, who sells them in their bookshop to support the library programs. Clothes are being sent to Schoola, who sells secondhand clothing items and sends a portion of proceeds to schools (so great!). And the rest is being picked up by Salvation Army - no loading or unloading required on my part!
And a bonus tip: advertise! List the date and time of your sale on your Facebook profile and ask local friends to share it. List it in any buy/sell/trade groups you're part of on Facebook, if that's allowed. Email your local friends. Post it on Instagram. List it on Craiglist - they have a special "garage sales" section. Put brightly colored signs up on the busiest streets nearest your sale - and be sure to write on the sign if you take credit card! Most sales do best the earlier they are - so plan to start around 8am on a Saturday. Last year, we did 8am-2pm on Saturday and saw the bulk of shoppers between 8 and 11. This year, we planned to do 8am-noon but got rained out around 10:30. Some people also do their sales on Friday, but to me it seems like a lot of work to set everything out in the yard on Friday and have to put it back in on Friday night to haul it back out on Saturday. But, if you're able to just leave it in your garage and close the garage door, a two-day sale might be your best bet!
Any other tips? Pop them in the comments so we can all benefit! XO!