Tips for a successful garage sale

G Magazine

The perfect way to farewell your unwanted goods, a garage sale will help you avoid landfill and make some cash on the side.


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1. Put the word out. Get listed in your local paper’s classified garage sale section and post some clear, colourful signs around the neighbourhood in areas that recive high foot and vehicle traffic. Just be sure to remember where you posted and take them down at the end of the day.

2. Set your sale hours and consider that most serious buyers are up and about early. Start at 9am for example on a Saturday but be prepared for early birds – there are those that live for weekend garage sales.

3. Display everything clearly, and make sure it’s clean. The less people have to rummage the more likely they are to make a purchase.

4. Price everything and be realistic about prices. Remember, the main goal is to try and get rid of everything. If you can’t be bothered pricing things individually group items of the same price together with larger signs.

5. Have change handy. A mix of notes and coins should have you covered for those using a $20 note
for a $2 item.

6. Head out the front. You won’t want people traipsing through your house, and it can encourage thiefs to steal whilst in your house, so set up on the front yard or in the garage.

7. Consider a freebie table for those things you desperately just want to get rid of. It can also be handy to add items that are looking unlikely to sell as the day wears on.

8. Do a group effort. If you have friends or neighbours that are keen for a sale too, consider one bumper sale which should make things more enjoyable and draw more attention.

9. Provide snacks. For a market feel to your garage sale consider offering or selling for a pittance, some homemade lemonade or iced tea and baked goods.

10. Get rid of the leftovers. It’s likely you’ll still have some things left at the end of the day. Don’t drag them back inside as clutter; list them on eBay, Freecycle or Gumtree, or drop them off at your local charity
op shop.