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Garage Sale 101

Many people are using their "stay-at-home" time to organize, declutter, and purge. This leads to piles of stuff needing to be sold or donated. When I accumulate a bunch of discarded items, it's time for a yard sale! Whether you call them a yard, garage, or rummage sale, they are the ideal way to clear out unused things that still have value for someone else. After many sales with varying success, I've put together a list of essentials when planning your garage sale.

  1. Clean your stuff - presenting clean, dust-free, neat items adds value. Take the time to wipe down knick-knacks, launder linens and clothes, and dust off tools. Don't sell linens or clothes with holes or stains.

  2. Price EVERYTHING - You can pick up inexpensive price stickers at dollar stores. Use post-its or labels to price large items. Keep your prices reasonable and leave room to bargain. If items are not priced many people will not take the time to ask you for the price or make an offer.

  3. Create effective signs - Make sure signs can be read easily from the street. Include arrows ----> pointing the direction to your sale. post at major crossroads as well as around your block.

  4. Display like items together - put your kitchen items in one area and your tools in another. Investing $20 in a clothing rack to hang your clothes can really pay off and you can sell the rack at the end of the sale. Group clothing by size, toys by age, and linens by bed size.

  5. Advertise - Post your sale details on Facebook buy/sell groups, Craigslist ads, and in neighborhood newsletters. Let your followers know you're having a sale on your Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter feed. Include photos of your best/biggest items but don't get lured into selling before your sale.

  6. Hold your change - Get change from the bank so that you can make the sale even if customers don't have the exact amount. I usually start a sale with $50 in 1's, 5's, 10's, and some coins. Keep the money on your person. Don't leave a box of money where someone can grab it.

  7. Be willing to bargain - customers at yard sales expect to get a deal. Be flexible on your prices and give discounts for buying multiple items or items with some imperfections. It's ok to say no if you give a little and an offer is just too low but be polite when declining the sale.

  8. Donate leftovers - When your sale is over you'll likely have some things that didn't sell. Don't bring that clutter back into your home! Drop off or schedule a pick up for the leftovers to go to a local charity.

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