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« on: January 16, 2005, 08:54:40 AM » has compiled this list of helpful garage sale tips. With these tips, and a little luck, your garage sale is sure to be a success!

Garage sales are proliferating all over North America and in the past few years have become a popular method to dispose of no-longer wanted household items. Nowadays, people are finding that it makes good money sense to sell these items rather than throw or give them away. It makes good sense to have a garage sale if you're preparing to move and don't want to take all of your possessions with you to your next home.....

Timing and placement of your ads are critical.   Begin advertising early; we recommend at least one to two weeks before the first day of the sale. 

Use all forms of available venues to notify people of your sale.  Such venues include: newspapers, internet sites, flyers, signs, and word-of-mouth. 

Newspapers - You can get better results by advertising your garage sale in a smaller, less expensive local newspaper than larger high circulation city papers.   

Internet - As for the internet sites, do your homework.  There are some sites out there that will charge you to post your information.  Furthermore, some sites may actually sell your personal information to interested advertisers.  Of course, at we will NEVER sell your information.  Our service is absolutely free to you and your personal information is never compromised.

Flyers - Using your home computer, you can print out very descriptive flyers that can provide people with all the information that they need about your garage sale. Better yet, these flyers can be made at a very reasonable price. You can then pass out the flyers to friends and family so that they can help you distribute them. 

Signs - When making signs, keep the following in mind:
BIG, BIG, BIG.  Make sure your signs are large enough so that drivers will have enough time to see and read the signs as they go by.  Also, make sure that you post the signs on every high traffic corner in your immediate area. This will attract significant amounts of garage sale hunters.  Be sure to include all pertinent information about the sale including: Address, Dates, Times, and an arrow for directions to your sale. 

Word-of-Mouth - Tell your friends, family, and co-workers about your sale.  This is an effective advertising method, that just happens to be free!

Whenever possible, try to consolidate garage sales throughout your neighbourhood.  Try to organize a street wide garage sale if possible.  This way, your advertising costs and efforts will be minimized.

Organization is very important to a garage sale hunter.  Nothing will turn people away from your sale more than an unorganized event.   Try and keep the area clean.  Also, consider the way people will be walking through the area.  Be sure to leave them enough room to view all the items for sale.   This will increase item exposure, which in turn will generate more cash for you.

Make sure that all of your items are labeled with the appropriate sale price.  Also, since garage sale hunters are notorious bargain hunters, always keep the price of the item marked a little higher than the price you are looking for.  This gives you the ability to negotiate with people, while still getting the profits you are looking for. 

When selling items for family members or friends, be sure to mark the items with different coloured labels.  This will make dividing up the profits easier.   

Have plenty of change on hand - both silver and paper money.

Now, getting down to business.

A sale is work - a lot of hard work, but the returns more than justify the effort. Whether it's advertised as Patio, Carport, Yard, Porch, or Garage, people will come and buy. Clean out your closets and ANYTHING that is useless to you or you don't want - put it in the sale. Don't throw anything away. People will buy just about anything. You'd be surprised. What is one person's garbage is another's gold!

Of course you need to advertise. Be specific, concise and honest. State place, date, hours. If you have a large amount of clothing, specify some of the sizes, particularly if you have quite a few in different sizes. Remember, clothing for all ages, men or women, is always in great demand. Children's clothing goes over best and especially about the time for school to start in the fall. String up a clothesline to display any clothing you may have

Antiques go over big regardless of state of repair or condition. Give good descriptive details to save disappointments.

Capitalize on the season. Feature luggage at going-away to school or vacation time or toys near the end of the summer for Christmas.

Today, bottles of all kinds are in demand. Big bottles, little bottles, old medicine, Mrs. Butterworth, miniature - all kinds, old fruit jars, and insulators. Some additional items that are in big demand: baseball cards, lawn mowers, camping articles, tools, coins, old books, comic books (old and new), aprons, old-fashioned bonnets, salt and pepper shakers, needlework, jewellery and dishes.

Doll clothing and accessories are always in demand and especially for Barbie and Ken or teen dolls. Toys go over big at any time. Dolls and stuffed toys make a hit with the kiddies and they, in turn, will finally persuade their mothers to buy something. Children are very persuasive!

Have a large quantity of items to sell, a big variety. And don't be afraid to drag out those outgrown items, old dishes, two-of-a-kind items you don't really need and generally "clean house". You'll find the money in your pocket is better than all the clutter in the house.

Homemade items are very popular. If someone in your household sews, then sew up aprons, doll clothes, dolls, stuffed toys from scraps of material lying around. You'll make use of those scraps taking up space and make money too!

Set up card tables or ping-pong tables to display small merchandise. Place tables in a manner that will leave room for shoppers to browse without feeling crowded. Display your wares attractively. Be sure they are clean, usable, and priced temptingly.

People are looking for bargains. Don't disappoint them. Remember that what you sell is something you don't want anyway, so whatever you get is gravy.

Take advantage of the space under the tables if you need more display room. You will be amazed how buyers spot the smallest item under the table. Colourful table covers draw a lot of attention to your items.

You will save yourself a lot of time answering questions if you show a price on all merchandise. Use a heavy black felt marking pen for lettering. If more families go in with you, identify your price tags with a code such as A$1.00 or B.50 cents. The letters designate, perhaps, the first letter of the last name of the family who contributed items to sell.

Keep all the tags and at the end of the sale, divide the tags according to code and total the sales. You may not come out right to the penny on sales and change you had on hand as anyone can make errors in making change for a customer.

Be sure you have electrical outlets nearby to plug in toasters, blenders, electric skillets, irons, hair dryers, electric razors, etc., to show people that your articles do work. If you have to use an extension cord, make sure it is in excellent condition and preferably a heavy duty one.

If you have any fragile, rare or expensive items such as crystal, cut glass or jewellery, be sure they are displayed on a sturdy table and up high out of reach of kiddies. They are curious and you might be too busy to watch them.


Items will sell faster if you price them in sets of 6 for $1.00 instead of 20 cents each. Paperback books, magazines, records and items that have titles will sell more readily if they are marked separately. If they want them collectively, they'll ask you. Then bundle them all up and sell them. Sell everything!

Advertising. Run an ad in your daily newspaper. If you run your ad one day only, have it in the Thursday paper. You might like to run the ad two days to appear in both the Thursday and Friday editions. (See the advertising info above also).

However, whatever you decide to advertise - BE READY! Be ready to meet any customer as soon as the paper hits the street, because some will come before the sale and before you even get ready to start the next day! In addition to placing an ad in the paper, place signs at points where people will see them. Some Laundromats have bulletin boards on which you can place notices. Advertise all you can. Work word-of-mouth all you can. If employed, place signs on your company's bulletin boards. Use the WEB to advertise your garage sale also. You can advertise your sale on for FREE!

The best days for your Garage Sale are Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Sundays are usually a waste of time unless you're staying at home all day doing nothing anyway.

At the end of your sale you will have met a lot of nice, friendly people. If you want to continue selling items you might have left, you can let people know and have future sales all lined up. A circular already prepared and passed out to each customer will help insure future sales. You should have made money, some new acquaintances, and a weary but happy body!

"Wishing You A Most Profitable Garage Sale Day"!


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