National Garage Sale Day – 7 Easy Ways To Make Yours A Success!
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The second Saturday in August means that National Garage Sale Day is almost upon us! National Garage Sale Day was created by Alabama native C. Daniel Rhodes in 2001. He first came up with the idea after seeing his neighbors have two separate sales on two separate weekends. He thought instead of them competing against one another, it would be more convenient if they had them on the same weekend.
The idea snowballed and it led to the creation of a national holiday! In honor of this great day, the staff here at Toolbarn.com have come up with five easy ways to help make your garage sale a success.
1.) ADVERTISE, ADVERTISE, ADVERTISE!!!!!
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If you want to get as many people to your garage sale as you can, you have to let everyone know you’re hosting a garage sale, where it is, what time and what day it is. This seems like basic stuff, but you’d be surprised how many forget some of this information.
Also, make sure your signs are legible and can be read from the road. Place signs at highly trafficked areas. (Be mindful of your local laws. Some cities have strict restrictions on sign placement.) It also helps to put arrows on your signs leading to your sale. Many people see these and are more likely to head to the sale…which hopefully leads to more money in your pocket.
Finally, use the web to your advantage. Post an ad on free classified websites like Craiglist or other similar websites.
2.) HAVE A PLAN AND EXECUTE IT!
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A successful garage sale does not succeed unless there is organization behind it. You should gather up all items you plan to sell and have a specific layout in your garage or on your yard. Similar items should be grouped together. Prices should be visible on the top of the items. Also, have spare dollar bills on hand to give proper change back to your customers. A little planning and thought goes a long way and helps keep your stress down while getting rid of unwanted items in your home.
3.) KEEP SEASONS AND WEATHER IN MIND!!!
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While you can’t always control this, try to keep in mind the weather when planning a garage sale. If it’s sweltering hot or brutally cold, most people likely won’t come to see what you have to offer. If you know it’s going to rain the weekend you plan your sale, it would be wise to postpone it a week or two.
4.) MARK YOUR PRICES!!!!
Another common sense thing, but you would be surprised how many people forget to do this! Before your sale starts, take the time to make sure all your items are priced. Put the price tags on top of the item. Now, if you’re selling furniture…you’ll need a bigger sign or price tag. You don’t want customers looking all over for a dinky tag. Put larger tags where they will be the most visible.
5.) BE REALISTIC IN YOUR PRICING
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Let’s face it: if you’re selling something in a garage sale, you’re not going to get full retail for what you paid for. If you price things up too high, many customers will simply shrug their shoulders and not buy it. With that said, you don’t want to lowball yourself either. Price things that are a good bargain, but are still an acceptable profit for you.
6.) GET OTHERS IN ON THE FUN!!!!
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While hosting a garage sale is possible with just your family, it’s actually better to include your friends and other family members if possible. For starters, you’ll have more help. Secondly, if others show up with items it will help you diversify your selection and helps draw more people to your sale. Divvying up the responsibilities takes the pressure off you and lets you have more fun with others while doing it.
7.) CLEAN THE ITEMS YOU’RE TRYING TO SELL
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One last common sense thing, but there have been people in the past who have put dusty items out for sale and then wondered later why no one bought them. If you’re going to sell something, take the time to clean it up and make it look like it’s worth something. That doesn’t mean spending a lot of time on an item that’s only a dollar, but it should look respectable. No one is going to buy an item that looks like it’s just been excavated from a dig site. Clean it up and you increase the chance to the sell the item at a decent price.
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And those seven tips should help you get started. If you plan accordingly, are blessed with good weather and advertise well…you should be able to get rid of some unwanted clutter and make a little bit of cash while doing it! Happy National Garage Sale Day and happy selling!