Planning a garage sale can be time-consuming and frustrating but all that hard work can add up to some serious cash. Simple changes in timing, pricing, and display can make the difference between a flop and a successful sale. Here are 5 tips for a successful garage sale:
Partner with Your Neighbors, Family, or Friends
When communities organize a neighborhood sale or large group sale, they tend to attract more buyers to the area than individual sellers. Ask your neighbors, friends, or family if they’re interested in a joint sale. You will benefit from the increased traffic.
Choose the Right Day and Time
Most people assume that Saturday and Sunday are the best days for a garage sale, however; many people reserve Saturdays for running errands and Sundays for church and family outings. Next time you have a day off, try hosting your yard sale on a Thursday or Friday. This is when most dealers and retired people do their shopping.
When it comes to opening your garage doors, the earlier you start, the better. Most business generally happens in the morning. Try starting at 6 or 7 am and finishing up by noon.
Garage sales are known for being unorganized and chaotic, however; if you display your items in a professional manner, you’ll be sure to stick out from the competition. Display your items neatly and with care. Be sure to hang clothing and place any breakable items out of the reach of small children. Your customers will notice your effort.
Create a Fun Shopping Experience
Garage sales can be boring. Make them fun for children and adults by playing music and selling pastries, coffee, or water. Plus, it’s also another way to earn some additional cash.
Use Effective Advertising
It’s a fact, great signs attract more buyers. Hang signs the day of your event, and be sure to include a title, date, time, and location or arrow. Make sure your signs are legible and can be seen from a distance. That means bold letters on large, white, or brightly colored paper. Not a sign artist? It’s okay. Check out our custom yard sale signs.
Whether you’re looking to declutter your home, or simply need some extra cash if you’re putting in the time to host a yard sale, why not make it a successful one?
Do you have any tips for a successful garage sale? We’d love to hear from you! Share them in the comments below.