How To Hold A Garage Sale

Tips on Why, When, Where and How to Host a Moving Sale.

Why Hold A Garage Sale Before Your Move

Set up for moving sale tested by multiple garage sales

You’re about to relocate and along with that comes the task of moving all your goods. Now is a good time to decide what you will keep and what you wish to leave behind. Having a garage sale before you move can reduce the weight of your shipment and the cost of your move. Also, of course, a moving sale can generate additional funds that may offset other expenses.

The key to a successful moving sale is determining what you no longer use, have outgrown or what you can easily replace at your new home. Remember, what may seem worthless to you is another person’s treasure.

And who knows, if you haven’t sold your home yet, a moving sale may even attract the right buyer!

How to Begin Planning Your Garage Sale

Ask your family members about items they wish to sell, they may desire to sell more things than you imagined. Or, you might organize a “neighborhood” yard sale and pool the efforts of other families on your street.

When to Have Your Garage Sale

Set a date and a time for your yard sale as soon as you can. Fridays and Saturdays are usually best; however, try to avoid holiday weekends. Establish a rain date if you think it may be necessary. Determine the hours, such as 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Many shoppers like to be first in line, so be prepared for early arrivals.

Where to Hold Your Garage Sale

Check with local authorities about restrictions for yard sales in your area. Once you have a location, decide if the sale will be in the garage, yard or basement. Make sure there is ample parking and space for people to move about.

Where to Advertise Your Garage Sale

When you advertise your garage or yard sale, make sure the date, time, and address are clear. If there is a chance for rain that day, we suggest you specify a rain date. Mention the most popular items in your ad, such as furniture, appliances, tools, electronics, etc. Consider including your phone number so people can call for more information about the sale items or for directions (this is especially useful if you live in an obscure area).

  • Local Newspaper. Consider running your ad in the local newspaper and online classifieds.  Generally, the more words in an ad, the more it costs to run. Ask about the cost to run Friday and Saturday vs. Saturday only. Be aware of submission deadlines, which can be several days in advance of publication.
  • Online Classifieds. You might take advantage of free online classifieds such as yardsales.net, yardsalesearch.com, and garagesalefinder.com. They are all free to advertise and will generate a map for buyers to find you easily. You can still use Craigslist, but it’s very hard to get noticed with the volume of listings they receive every minute.
  • Flyers. Put flyers around the neighborhood. Print “Garage Sale” or “Yard Sale” in large letters with the date, time and address. Check with the local Chamber of Commerce about requirements for signs and posters. If allowed, place them in high-traffic areas with arrows and directions the night before or the day of the sale.
  • Social Media. Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest are a great place to advertise your garage sale.  They are really useful during your event. When tweeting, use your city name as a hashtag, for example: “#GarageSale going on in #Charlotte today! Message me for details.” Tweet about a big item that just sold, refreshments you have available, or slashing prices on the last day of the sale.

Ten Essential Preparations for your Moving Sale

1.    Price things to sell. Visit eBay or search online to determine how much you can reasonably sell your items for.

2.    Put a price tag or sticker on each item. Make sure all the tags or stickers can easily be found by the shopper. Use different colored stickers or an identification code on the tags if more than one family is involved in your sale.

3.     Start saving shopping bags, cartons, and small boxes. Make it more convenient for customers to take their purchases with them. Have tissue paper or newspaper on hand to wrap glass, knickknacks and other fragile purchases.

4.      Keep loose pieces together. Bundle or package all sets, groups, or units together so customers know what they are getting. Put loose game pieces in a sealable bag and secure inside the box.

5.      Keep “for sale” items and “not for sale” items separate.

6.      Display like items together. When you keep kitchen utensils, sporting goods, and tools together it makes shopping for the customer a lot easier to find what they are looking for. If possible, hang clothing on a clothesline or rack for easy viewing.

7.      Set up a secure place for a Cashier’s desk. Make sure it has a calculator, scissors, tape, string, markers, a cash box and plenty of change. Not having enough change could result in accepting a lower price for an item or losing a sale altogether.

8.      Be prepared for the weather to change at any time. Have several large sheets of plastic handy to quickly cover everything.

9.      Offer refreshments for sale. To keep the kids busy, buy a few varieties of soft drinks and bottled water. Ice them down in a cooler the night before. Tell the kids that the money they earn selling drinks is their reward for helping. On a hot summer day, a cold drink will be a welcome relief to shoppers.

10.  Assign everyone in the family a job. Many hands make light work. Give everyone something to do for the day- cashier, clerk, or organizer. Most importantly, have fun!

Now You Are Ready For A Successful Moving Sale!

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