The past couple weeks have been pretty hectic as I was busy planning and preparing to host a garage sale at my house!
This was the first garage sale I have been a part of so it was a very interesting experience!
I have a ton of customer service experience and have worked in numerous restaurants and clothing stores so a garage sale was something I thought was going to be easy peasy… boy was I wrong!
Our garage sale was organized with tables on each side of the driveway and small tables and clothing racks in between.
We sold anything and everything from books, clothes, home decor and even some furniture!
A garage sale is so much work and I learnt a lot from this experience!
Keep on reading if you’re interested in reading some of my tips for hosting your next garage sale!
Gather your items
First things first go through your home and decide what you want to sell. Start doing this early as it will take some time!
I began organizing all the items I wanted to sell/get rid a few weeks before as I was doing my spring-cleaning.
Set prices to sell
Get some tags/stickers and begin writing down prices for the items you are going to sell. Keep items marked with large, clear prices so that customers aren’t coming up to you every second asking what the prices are! Some of you may prefer to have a price tag on all items, however, this can be very tedious and take too much time – try taping a sign to the front of a table or clothing rack that reads something like “All items are $1 each”. This will help your customers know the prices of everything in that area and it will save you a ton of time and confusion!
Set a date
Make sure you check the WEATHER – good weather is best for you and your customers, so try and choose a day that’s dry and not humid. I would stay away from holiday weekends and big events in your town/city as many people tend to have other things going on. Ask if your neighborhood is hosting an annual sale because that would be the perfect time and you’ll get lots of advertising and traffic.
I advertised my garage sale in my local newspaper, online (Facebook, Kijiji, Twitter) and with a few street signs around my neighborhood. You can also advertise with flyers and post around your town the week of the sale!
Presentation and organization matter! Make sure it is easy for people to see what you have without having to dig through things. Group similar items together so they don’t have to do so much work. Make sure things are clean and well organized. I put all clothes inside the garage hanging on clothing racks. Home decor and furniture were on one side of the driveway, larger kids toys, books, shoes, were grouped together, etc. People are much more likely to consider and buy items they can easily see and handle so make sure you organize your items in an appropriate manner!
Early morning bargain hunters get up at the crack of dawn to get the best deals – I never knew this was a thing. Prime rummage sale hours seem to start as early as 6am so make sure you don’t miss out on an audience of shippers by starting your sale too late. Sales seem to last into the early afternoon or until your items are sold. It is going to be a long day so make sure you get plenty of rest the night before!
Make sure you have change and lots of it! You would assume most people would come to a garage sale with change, however, you should also expect that the first handful of people will come with $10-$20 bills. If you use a cash box, make sure you don’t let it out of your sight – I kept mine in my garage disguised in another box. Whether or not you’re confident with your math skills, it is always a good idea to have a calculator at hand to be able to add quickly when you have a long line of customers!
Have fun and be prepared to negotiate!
Smile! Walk around and greet all your customers to make them feel welcomed and appreciated for coming. You will have those customers who will try to bargain with you so be ready to stand your ground or compromise with them. Through my experience, I had lots of customers who wanted items for free or “thrown into the deal” and it was very frustrating as things were already priced so cheap! People do not think about the original price of an item, even if it is a brand new item never used. Stay positive – most of them came to buy something and that is exactly what you want!
Hopefully you are not hosting the garage sale on your own and you have some help from your family and/or friends because it does take a log of work and can be overwhelming when your driveway is full of customers looking through your items.
What do you think of my tips? Have you hosted a garage sale before? What was your experience like?
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