garage sale tips

@loved1 (5336)
United States
September 14, 2006 1:45pm CST
I am having a garage sale in a week and am now living the nightmare of pricing items, sorting items, washing items etc. Are there any garage sale experts out there who have tricks up their sleeves to make this any easier?
6 responses
@stailgate (2363)
• United States
15 Jan 07
I have had several yard sales. Here are a few tips. First of all, when pricing remember first and formost, you want to get rid of it!!! If you price it too high, no one is going to buy it. Second of all, if you go yard saleing your self, do not price it anymore then what you would be willing to pay. It is hard to look at something that you paid $20 for and put a price on it for a buck, but they don't care how much it cost, they care about how cheap they can get it for. As far as sorting items I suggest getting tables for each of your items. Like one table for clothes, one for toys, one for dishes and so on. And then seperate them into smaller piles. Like clothes, seperate between the boys and girls, and again into sizes. This will make them appeal more to people. They don't have to dig threw them. Allot of people hate doing that. I always wash my items before putting them out, and then spray them with fabreeze so that we don't have to do it everyday. Also, I have found that making big signs with cartoon on them draw people in!!! put them on busy corners where kids can spot them and point them out to their parents. And one more thing, offer beverage. We asked our local donut shop to donate left over donuts from the night before, and we got like 6 doz. of them, and people loved to grab one while looking. And we found they stayed longer also. Many times if you talk to people, they will hang around and buy more and more!! Good luck with your sale. Now and in the future.
@loved1 (5336)
• United States
18 Jan 07
Great ideas! I absolutely hate going to a garage sale that has high prices. It ticks me off. I figure if I get a quarter for something it is saving me the gas money of driving it to Goodwill. I never thought of spraying items with febreeze! Thanks for your comments.
• United States
15 Feb 07
very good comments! I'll bet you are a success when you throw yard sales. Do you participate in neighborhood sales? Those can be quite profitable, especially if you all work together!
• United States
19 Feb 07
Ok here are my few tips that I have learned over the years. If you have a bunch of items that are like items with the same price, you dont have to price them all individually pile them on a table with a sign that marks the price. If something isnt too shabby and doesnt really need to be washed spray it down with febreeze. People are going to wash the items once they get them home anyways. Organize if people are there looking just for holiday items make sure all the christmas, halloween and easter things are in one spot people get annoyed when things are spread out all over the place. Last but not least price it low its going to get thrown out if you don't sell it anyways so at least make 25 cents off that blouse or risk throwing it in the garbage because you had it priced for a dollar. Hope this helps and good luck
@loved1 (5336)
• United States
27 Feb 07
Good idea to spray things with febreeze. They tend to get a musty smell after being in storage for a while. I always price things low. It makes me mad to go to a garage sale where things are crazy expensive.
@polachicago (19073)
• United States
19 Feb 07
I don't set up price. I just ask people how much they want to pay. Usually I sell it higher that I wanted to begin with and I don't have to spend my time taginng.
@loved1 (5336)
• United States
19 Feb 07
I have heard many people say they are uncomfortable making an offer on something without at least having an idea of what the seller expects. Maybe it is just the people in my area. If that works for you it really would be a huge time saver.
@chargoans (940)
• United States
15 Feb 07
I have had my share of yard sales in just the past 10 years alone. I have found that having a clothes rack helps to display the higher priced clothing in a more pleasing manner. And many of the shoppers I have found were shocked to learn that amny local shops will offer clothes racks for yard sales if just asked and returned the same day. At least they will here in NC. Also, if you are ridding yourself of items that are no longer used, make sure they are clean. Don't try to sell your dust and dirt. Dusty items won't pull attention like a clean one will. If you are selling cds, then have a stereo available so that they can hear the CDs, and know that they are not worn out and skippers. I did this twice by using the oldest CD player I had, which I acquired at a pawn shop for $25. Someone offered me $20 for it at the last yard sale, so I sold it. It was additional money as far as I was concerned! Also, having treats and drinks will boost sales. No one will leave to go buy food, they will have something to tide them over until they are done shopping. Whenever my hubby participates, he brews fresh coffee, which are usually samples (freebies) and he charges 25 cents for a small cup of coffee and 50 cents for sodas. Don't bother buying 12 packs of off brand drinks unless you are looking to make less than 50 cents each. Its much easier to replenish your spending if you use the usual brands like Coke Pepsi and Dr. Pepper, and a diet drink. Also, you may consider the caffeine free types so that parents will be more willing to buy them for the youngsters. Hope this helps you out. Good luck with your yard sale.
@loved1 (5336)
• United States
17 Feb 07
These are some fabulous ideas. I wish I could give two best responses. =)
@mystikel (577)
• Australia
18 Jan 07
I have had a few and each time I get more and more organised. Sorting is good, different areas for different items, pricing, clean. Have been to a lot where they dont have prices and its annoying asking all the time how much something is. I have to get motivated to have another one.
@loved1 (5336)
• United States
18 Jan 07
I usually won't buy from sales that don't list their prices. Thanks for your tips!
@villageanne (8554)
• United States
18 Jan 07
We foud it just too time consuming to individually price each item so we now group items by prices. Since we put the items out ourselves, we are famaliar with the prices. We watch closly to see that others dont move the items around too much. The more expensive items are still individually priced. Make sure to have lots of change. We never accept checks. We had some bad ones and now we post a sign that we do not accept checks.
@loved1 (5336)
• United States
18 Jan 07
That is pretty sad when someone writes a hot check at a garage sale isn't it? Thanks for your comments.