- Build the Hype - Put postings online at places like Craigslist, and other local message boards. Put classified ads in the paper.
- Tell your friends/family/neighbors/church - or any other group you belong to that you are going to have a garage sale.
- When you make signs to place in intersections, get juicy with those adjectives. You don't just have a huge garage sale - your's is GIGANTIC, EPIC, RIDICULOUSlY BIG, pick your superlative.
- A lot of stuff-invite your neighbors to participate with you if your feel like you are light on items. (As a bonus you can then advertise as a multi-family sale, which will entice buyers)
- A large variety of stuff- things for moms, kids, dads, all ages, clothing, furniture, and so on. Think mini flea market.
- Some good quality stuff- yes, you want to get rid of your junk, but a bunch of stained, broken, and plain old ugly items won't get you anywhere. Throw a couple high end items in the mix.
- Make your signs bright.
- Include a map on your Craigslist ad.
- If you are a ways from a main rad or high traffic area, see if you can convince a friend who does live closer to more people to collaborate with you.
- Balloons, flags, and cones are great ways to make your sale visible from the street.
- I know that you love that lounge chair from the 1970's. It's so retro, an antique even. In your mind it's got to be at least $100. No way. Slap that baby with a $20 price tag and you'll get rid of it on the first day.
- On the other hand, if you have a whole bunch of old toys you just want to give away, throw them in a box together, and put $5 price tag for the bunch.
- Take a constant inventory of your garage sale as it is going on. What items are selling, at what prices?
- Finally, throw a clearance sale on the last day. Cut all prices by half or more.
- Welcome everyone who comes by.
- Try to mingle a little. Some people just want to stop and look, but if you can help them find something they are looking for, then you are on your way to sale.
- Likewise if someone is ready to buy, look at what they are buying and try to think if there are similar things they might have missed. "So you like blue sweaters? I have some killer corduroy pants that would look great with that." Thank everyone who stops by and ask them to tell their friends.
- People are often out of town on holiday weekends.
- However, if your town hosts a big carnival or if there are big youth sports tournaments happening nearby, capitalize on the extra traffic passing by.
- The one thing you have no control over is the weather. There are some hardy folks who will brave the elements, but if it's an awful day, you'll do better postponing until the next time you can have a sale.
Hopefully at the end of the day you will have made other people happy by helping them find great secondhand items at bargain prices. You will have cleaned out your house and earned a little extra cash, so you can get more stuff. Just make sure you shop a garage sale first!
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