Tips for a successful garage sale
What to Sell
- To sell more, show more - do whatever is necessary to have plenty of merchandise on hand.
- Clean out your house. Combine your sale with your neighbors’.
- Large and small household goods, sporting goods, group sets, tools, clothes, furniture, baby items, toys, linens, automotive, jewelry, cosmetics, antiques and collectibles, and miscellaneous items.
- Remember, it’s not junk if someone will buy it!
Displaying your wares
- Make a good first impression.
- Have enough space to effectively display all merchandise.
- Display area should be clean (and well-lit if inside).
- If you’re holding the sale inside your garage, cover items you’re not intending to sell with sheets or tarps so as not to confuse shoppers.
- Each item should be as clean and attractive as possible. Shoppers will buy items that are not cleaned and polished, but only at giveaway prices.
- Organize your materials so that shoppers will linger. The flow should move shoppers through items with the check-out station being the last stop.
- Price should not compete with retail stores or antique shops. Typically, good quality items should bring 25-35% of their current replacement cost.
- Use a quarter as the lowest denomination of your pricing - making change will be simpler and more efficient.
- Leave room in price for negotiation.
- Give quantity discounts.
- Never give anything away unless it helps you sell something else.
- If you are anxious to get rid of any item, price it accordingly.
- Remember, your goal is to sell EVERYTHING and not bring it back into the house!
- Mark prices clearly on every piece of merchandise.
- Where appropriate, provide info about the item, such as “like new”, “never used”, “works fine”, or “needs repair.” This will help reduce the questions you’ll need to answer.
Set up a "Check out station" with...
- Change box… and don’t forget to go to the bank before the sale to get some change!
- Bags and newspapers for wrapping.
- Sign-making equipment, including sign board or white paper, scissors, markers and scotch tape or duct tape for affixing signs.
After the sale
- Clean up and take down any additional signs that you put up around the neighborhood.
- DO NOT place items at the curb with a "FREE" sign - we've heard of other (not free) items getting taken by mistake
- DO donate your useable unsold items. We partner with a charitable organization each year, and details are posted on the Garage Sale website.