Kids are out of school and sunny weekends are here. It is the perfect time of year for garage sales! I don’t know about you, but it seemed like last year our home accumulated many items and some items we have just outgrown. Last year we did not participate in garage sales due to the pandemic, which also meant we did not do a big spring purge to get rid of items we were no longer using. This year we jumped back into garage sales and are off to a great start. Here’s how we are making our garage sales a success:
- Go through your home and identify items your family has outgrown, not used in 1-1.5 years, is collecting dust in the basement, or items you are just ready to part with.
- Join your neighborhood Facebook group if you have not already. Ask if others would like to participate in a garage sale weekend. Multi-home garage sales tend to bring more shoppers.
Tip: Our neighborhood decided to do a neighborhood-wide garage sale weekend from Friday to Sunday. Many stayed out from 9am-5pm. However, after hearing feedback, the peak day and times were: Friday 8-5pm (best day), Saturday and Sunday 8-3pm.
- Spread the word using social media, yard and neighborhood entrance signs.
Tip: Take pictures of items and add them to your social media posts.
- Buy price labels or masking tape to label prices on items.
- Remember to get change. I forgot to do this until the night before…5 minutes until the bank was closing!
- Be willing to bundle. If someone wants multiple items, be willing to negotiate. Afterall, if the items do not sell, they are coming back in your house!
Tip: We noticed clothing items did not sell as well – especially kids’ clothing. Many neighbors did ‘fill-a-bag’ for $5.00. If you’re still left with several items and do not plan to have another garage sale, try selling the items to Once Upon a Child/ Playtos Closet or donating to a nonprofit benefiting children- like The Magnolia Resource.
- Make it a family weekend. Help your kids get involved and grow their entrepreneurial spirit with lemonade and baked goods stand. We saw prices anywhere from 50 cents to $1.00 per item. Our neighbor’s lemonade stand made just over $50 in one day!
I hope these tips bring you great success at your next garage sale. And remember—wear lots of sunscreen and drink plenty of water. Good luck!