Garage Sales 101
- Advertise – In the paper, online, with lots of signs leading to your sale…make it easy to be found.
- Organize– Group like items together.
- Display items on tables, boxes etc. Don’t have people “digging” to find a goodie.
- Does it work?– Have an extention cord ready for testing of electronic items. You will make more if they know it works.
- Mark it –Put prices on it. You don’t have to lable every piece of clothes if they are all a quarter but make a sign stating such. Most of the time people will buy more if they know how much it is. Some are arfarid to ask and others just think it’s rude.
- Place large items or higher priced items near the street. This will draw the “drive bys” in.
- Be prepared– Make sure to have plenty of change ready. Get ready to haggle. Most people will try to get whatever it is for less even when you’re practically giving it away. Do not be insulted, this is just part of the “game”.
- Remember this is a garage sale not Ebay. Don’t jack the price up thinking you will get rich of your junk. I never ask more than what I would be willing to pay.
Shopping at Garage Sales
- Bring change. You too want to be prepared for small purchases with pbill bills.
- Make an offer even on items with price tags. Most of the time people will take significantly less than they are asking.
- Early bird gets the worm. Be there when they open to get the good stuff.
- Late’s great too. Towards the end of the day people are just ready to get it gone. Most of the time the leftovers get donated. I can get truck loads for next to nothing.
- Map it out. Check local postings/newspapers and make a map of where you want to start and hit all the sales in the same area together.
- Fuel up. Make sure your vehicle as plenty of fuel. Also get yourself fueled up on coffee and quick breakfast.
- If possible leave the kids at home or granpas. This will make getting in and out tons quicker. Plus you won’t be talked into buying every toy they see.