If you’re like most people, you probably have items in the attic, basement, garage and closets that you don’t need, use and maybe even forgot that you had. Garage sales allow you to make space in your home while making money.
Use these easy tips to plan your garage sale:
- Create an inventory sheet of what you’re selling, and list the price of each item in case the tag is missing.
- Price it right. Although you want to price your items slightly higher to account for haggling, don’t price them so high that you can’t sell them. Remember, shoppers expect bargains.
- Sell with others. Recruit your neighbours, family and friends to sell their stuff with yours. Bigger garage sales often attract more people.
- Get your items ready to sell. Clean your sale items, and make sure that they’re in good shape. If you’re selling electronics, make sure they’re in good working order, and have the cords attached.
- Set the date and place for your sale. Saturday is the best day of the week to hold your garage sale.* Choose a date a few weeks in advance to give you time to prepare, and choose an alternate date as well in case of bad weather.
- Advertise your garage sale in your local newspaper, on Kijiji and Craigslist, and with signs on your local roads. Choose bright coloured poster board or cardboard, and write the details of your sale in large black letters that drivers can see from their vehicles. Put up six to eight signs a few days before your sale to improve the chances of shoppers stopping by.*
- Set up an hour or two early on the morning of the sale. Experienced shoppers will show up at the posted time so that they can score the best deals. So if you plan to open your sale at 7 a.m. (the best time of day to do so*), then start setting up around 5 or 6 a.m.