Everyone wants to have a successful garage sale. It's a great way to clean out clutter and make extra money in the process. Keep reading, to learn garage sale tips about some of the things you can do to ensure your garage sale is even more profitable.
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6 Garage Sale Tips
1. Make It Legal
Some municipalities now require residents to get a permit to have a garage sale. Permits are typically required for those living in communities, which are governed by a homeowner's association as well.
It's always a good idea to check beforehand to see if this applies to you. You don't want to get shut down in the middle of a bustling weekend sale for lack of the proper permit.
I also suggest hanging up a sign that says “Not Responsible For Accidents”.
2. Keep Tables Full
Until you really start to run out of merchandise, try to keep your tables as full as possible. This gives the illusion that you have more items for sale, which typically attracts more customers. Pull tables out of the garage if nice outside as people tend to linger longer at tables outside than inside as people feel like they are invading privacy when inside the garage.
3. Guard Your Money
Don't keep your money in a box, even if it's a lock box. It's much safer to keep all of your money with you. If you don't already own a fanny pack, it's a good idea to purchase one before the sale begins. It doesn't have to be fancy, just something that holds money securely. That way you can walk around if a customer asks a question and you don't have to worry about keeping your eye on the money.
4. Utilize Facebook Groups
More local Facebook garage sale groups are popping up all of the time. Joining just a couple of them can make a big difference in sales. Post several pictures, before the event. You'll probably be surprised by the response you get, prior to the actual sale. I have found a better response rate on Facebook groups (that are free) than advertising in the local paper.
5. Price Everything
Yes, it takes more time. But many successful yard sale aficionados claim that pricing everything does make a difference. This eliminates the need for repeated questions about cost. Better yet, if someone wants to haggle, they'll automatically know where to start.
Here's another tip. Price everything evenly, in increments of 25¢. This makes it easier to add up multiple items in your head, as opposed to dusting off your calculator to add up nickel and dimes.
I also recommend printing out signs for the tables to help identify what's on them, i.e. Bedding, Rugs, Maternity, Infants.
6. Sell Refreshments
Selling refreshments of some type is a great way to keep your customers happy, especially on hot days. Don't worry too much about making a profit or offering anything elaborate. Consider selling bottled water and soda at a small markup. The idea is to make your customers as comfortable as possible while they shop. The longer they browse, the more they might take home with them.
If you have children, you may to have a “bake sale” to help teach the children about customer service and counting money. Who can't resist a homemade chocolate chip cookie from a cute kid?
We know it's probably impossible to have a “perfect” garage sale, it's certainly possible to have a successful one with these garage sale tips. Remember, don't be afraid to get creative with your setup. An eye-catching display will more than likely attract a slew of potential customers.