So, you’ve got a whole bunch of stuff that you don’t want anymore and you want to know how to hold a successful garage sale. Well…. we did it this weekend and last weekend. We ran our garage sale over 2 weekends to get rid of ALL THE THINGS and based on what our readers told us and our own experiences we can now give you tips for the best garage sale ever!
How to Have a Successful Garage Sale
First things first, let’s get our definitions straight! ‘Success’ can be defined in many different ways. You may define a successful garage sale as making a lot of money. I however, am claiming the title of successful garage sale because I sold ALL THE THINGS! Well… nearly all the things… most of the things!
10 Top Tips for a Successful Garage Sale – Our Tips!
- Be organised. Nobody wants to shop in a mess.
- Group your items – all the kitchenware together etc.
- Price everything – very few people like asking ‘how much?’
- Advertise everywhere – Gumtree, Facebook, Garage sale websites, tell friends.
- Create eye catching signs and put them up everywhere you can – at least 30 of them!
- Wear sunscreen.
- Have a ‘float’ with change.
- Let the kids have a table.
- Be realistic about your prices.
- Have a plan for the ‘left over’ items. Charity shop?
Top Tips for a Successful Garage Sale – Readers Tips
We asked our readers via our Facebook page what were their top tips and they told us. And they are super clever too… I definitely followed these:
- Don’t advertise your house number – put up a sign when you’re ready to start selling or you’ll have people there before dawn!
- Have a kitty/float.
- Make a Facebook album and let your friends know that they can buy before the garage sale. Quite a few things went that way – and my friends didn’t try and haggle.
- Sometimes worth asking friends or family if they have stuff to sell too – that way you can pool your stuff and everyone helps out. Much bigger turn out that way.
- I like to price everything but still let people know if you are willing to negotiate too. (If you are?) I think people buy more if they have an idea of price you are wanting from the start.
- I like to give people a discount if they buy more too & especially if they are nice and friendly, which most are.
- Keep a close eye on your kitty and lock the rest of your house up tight!
- Saturday is definitely the best day.
- Beware of people who try and walk away with things.
- Sell your gear cheap if you want to clear out.
- Enlist help of family or friends.
- Presentation.. make sure items are clean and it is not cluttered.
If your goal is to make money, you’re better off selling on gumtree (so slow!) if your goal is to clear out your life – garage sales are very effective. We sold nearly everything before moving OS. And make sure you have a kitty! You’ll need quite a bit of change. Also – I took a lot of photos of things and made a Facebook album for friends etc to buy.
- Facebook marketplace is EASY too.