- The extensive time and effort involved.
- I don't like selling and haggling over the cost of items. I'd end up giving it all away anyway!
- I don't have enough space in our small house to hold the amount of stuff it would take to have a successful garage sale!
But if you enjoy the whole process of planning and conducting garage sales, you can make money, and it's a great way to practice Green Organizing. Garage and yard sales provide an opportunity to recycle and reuse perfectly good stuff instead of throwing it way. To help you have a successful garage sale, the blog Garage Sale Professional - Successful tips for hunting and selling. provides advice and links to many resources.
For example, here is an excerpt providing tips from an NBC news article by KPVI posted on the blog. Dean and Suri, 18- year veterans share tips on how to conduct a garage sale AND how to shop at garage sales. Dena earned over a thousand dollars at her last garage sale so she knows what sh'e talking about!
Dena Ruffridge, garage sale shopper:
"Just be organized, have everything priced, clean. People will buy your stuff if it's been washed and cleaned and it looks like something you would want to buy at a store."
Garage sales can be a lot of work, so why should someone take the time of hosting their own garage sale?
Siri Kline, garage sale shopper:
"Money! It's a great way to make some money back. It's always great to donate too, but you spend a lot of money for your stuff so sometimes it's nice to just sell it for a dollar or something, you know, because you get a lot out of it."
When it comes to shopping, they say
"Don't get it just because it's cheap, and most importantly make sure it works."
"The standard is usually don't pay maybe more than a fourth of what that item was originally worth and look at what kind of condition it's in.
If it takes batteries or if it needs to be plugged in, you know, ask the person if you can plug it in or make sure it works before you take it."
This is good advice, but while making sure something works is important, I have to stress that the MOST IMPORTANT criteria in buying any item is that you:
- Know exactly how and why you will use it.
- Know exactly where you will store it and be able to find it!!!
If you can't answer these questions, chances are 99% sure you will have just paid money to acquire someone else's clutter and add to your own clutter! Don't fall victim to buying something because "it's so cute!" or "I'll find a way to use this someday" Those are some of the most common thoughts that lead to clutter accumulation.
That said, if you really need something, looking for it at garage sale is a treat way to save money. Just make sure you have a list of what you need with you and stick to it. There are always exceptions, but think 2 or 3 times before buying something not on your list and you will be more likely to truly save money. As a bonus, you can help keep good stuff out of landfills by shopping garage sales.
Here are a few other neat links to on how to hold a successful garage or yard sale.
First Things First
Before you start planning, phone your local authorities to inquire about any permits you may need and any provisions or ordinances they may have. Some communities may prohibit the sale of food items or used bedding.
Plan ahead what you'd like to do with remaining leftovers that don't sell. Donations are always welcome at thrift stores, some shelters, and even some nursing homes. Call ahead to these establishments and get information on any items they don't accept or how and when they accept drop-offs.
Decide if you want to include others. Maybe you have friends or family that would like to add some items to your sale. You may want to consider an entire neighborhood or block sale. This can cut your advertising costs down considerably.
- Have a phone handy if possible.
- Post a sign on any entrance doors that states "Off Limits". You don't want anyone inside your home or wandering around the perimeter of your home.
- For safety reasons, consider sitting outside of your garage. Being inside the garage is often remote and not visible from roadside.
- Keep your cash box in a safe location.
- Don't permit any hanging sale items or tables to obstruct your view.
- Don't place items right next to the road where they could be easily stolen.
- If you have a pet, please make sure it's on a leash.
- While making change, always keep the money handed to you in plain view. This prevents anyone from claiming they gave you an amount they didn't.
- In many areas, it's illegal to post signs on utility poles because it's a potential hazard to workers. Check before placing your signs.
- Be sure the items you're selling have not been recalled or pose any potential hazards. You should avoid selling older cribs, strollers, helmets, playpens, carseats, and baby gates.
- Consider not posting your full address in your ads. You can share main cross streets and let visitors follow your signs.
Gathering the Goods
You can start at anytime to declutter and organize items you don't want to keep. You can start organizing your unwanted items into boxes. There are many practical items that are great sellers, so don't overlook...Read more at: http://www.sideroad.com/Home_Organizing/successful-garage-sale.html
Looking for a great way to get rid of your clutter and make extra cash at the same time? Garage sales are popular, fun and easy to manage. Think how much neater your home will be and what you could do with the money you make. Depending on how many unwanted items you have, you can make upwards of $1000/weekend!
- Gather items for sale by walking from room to room in your home, identifying what you no longer need. If you haven't used something for over a year, it's a good sign you won't miss it! Hot sellers are children's toys, old tools, books and simple kitchen items.
- Inventory each item on a sheet of paper as you identify it for sale.
- Review your completed inventory sheet and assign a price to each item. Remember, garage sale items have to be inexpensive. If you have an item worth more than you will get at a garage sale, consider selling it on Ebay.
- Attach a CLEARLY written price label to each item. Using brightly colored labels will make it easier for your customers to find the price and will save you time on the day of the sale.
READ ALL 18 Tips Here: http://www.wikihow.com/Hold-a-Successful-Garage-Sale
Happy Garage Saling!