Garage sale. Moving sale. Rummage sale. Tag sale. Estate sale. Yard sale. Whatever you call it, there's no denying that the act of turning your clutter into cash feels great.
Throwing a regular ol’ garage sale is easy. Throwing the best garage sale ever is slightly more difficult. To make the most of your home clearout, follow these six tips for throwing a successful garage sale. They’ll help you through every step of the process from preparation to pull-down. If your goal is to stay organized, get more foot traffic, and make as much money as possible - you’re in the right place.
Take your time choosing what to sell.
It’s impossible to set up a garage sale overnight. This is especially true if it’s been a long time since you last did any sort of home clear-out. When you realize it’s a good time for a garage sale, don’t rush it.
Create a spot in your home to set things aside throughout the year and keep it in the back of your mind. Whenever you have an item for the garage sale, put it in the spot. By the time the sale rolls around, you’ll have everything ready to be priced and displayed.
Clean everything before putting it out.
You’ll be far more likely to sell things if they look good. Before you set anything into your garage sale spot, wipe it off. People prefer buying homewares, books, and other things that aren’t grimey or dusty.
Wash clothing before the sale as well. The freshness makes a difference to potential buyers.
Make sure the timing is right.
Friday and Saturday sales are the most common. If your schedule allows, it's always a benefit to add an extra day on Thursday or Sunday. Your crowds will be larger if you start earlier because it allows people to pop by before their work day starts. Keep an eye on the weather and adapt as necessary.
Advertise like crazy.
Don't settle for yard signs. Put up posters. Advertise online using Craigslist, eBay Classifieds, Facebook Marketplace, and sites like YardSaleSearch. Write advertisements that include details that will draw in the right people. Make sure they’re detailed and mention especially sought-after items.
Keep things organized.
Think about the last time you went into a successful retailer. Was everything a mess, laying all over? No. Just like they do in stores, make sure to constantly refresh your garage sale. Re-fold clothing that’s been messed up.
Move things around so your tables look full and interesting. Pull things out that you want to draw attention to. The most successful garage sales aren’t run with a “set it and let it sit” approach.
Reach out to your friends and family.
There are a lot of things in life you can easily tackle alone. Garage sales aren’t one of them. Ask friends and family to help you. Getting worn out will make you less able to keep up the charm and effort that makes a successful garage sale successful.
Bribe them with snacks if you need to. You’ll appreciate the help, and it’s a great opportunity to spend time with people you love.
While your hope is that you sell everything at your garage sale, that’s not always what happens. If you find yourself with leftover items, put them in a storage unit until next year’s garage sale season. That way they’re still out of your home, but you have the base for your next successful sale.