Garage sales are one of the best ways to remove extra items and make some extra cash at the same time. If you need to transfer to a new Kansas City rental home shortly or wish to eliminate clutter, initiating a garage sale is a profitable way to go! Yet, a successful garage sale needs some advanced planning, not including the effort of going through your things and opting what to sell. If you are preparing to start a garage sale – or your previous garage sale wasn’t as effective as you expected – keep reading for tips to ensure that your day of sale runs perfectly.
Before you start your garage sale, you must first decide what you want to sell. This step can sometimes be intimidating, especially if you tend to hold onto things you don’t need or use. One approach to work through this is to create three categories for your stuff: Keep, Sell, and Trash. Gather the entirety of your garage sale items in a specific location of your home or garage so that once you are about to sell, you don’t need to go searching for them.
Price Items Correctly
As far as pricing garage sale items are a concern, always remember that you won’t be able to sell anything for the same price you originally bought it, or even for what you could buy it online. Garage sale items should follow thrift store pricing, which is approximately one-third to a quarter of the original price. If you have no clue, you can always do a fast Google search to decide the item’s current value and then price it accordingly. Also, while clients may want to haggle with you over the price, don’t artificially inflate your prices to try to get more. Garage sale shoppers will see right through that trick, and your sales will lead to losses.
One of the best ways to make sure your garage sale gets a lot of attention is to advertise effectively. That means promoting both online and using directional signs the right way. Once you choose a date and time for your garage sale, post a digital advertisement onto your community message board or the free classifieds. Then get crafty with some poster board and markers and make some signs. You don’t need anything elaborate: a simple “Garage Sale” with an arrow pointing in the right direction works perfectly. You’ll want to hang a sign on all major cross streets near your house, as well as several more throughout the neighborhood. The more turns someone would need to make to get to your home from the main road, the more signs you’ll need.
Prepare for Success
The day before your garage sale, there are several things that you need to do to prepare for success. For instance, collect the materials you will need to make signs, mark prices on sale items, and so forth. It’s also suggested to have a money box or bag with enough change in it to break a few large bills and a good assortment of coins. If possible, seek the support of friends or family members to help you manage your garage sale items, hang signs, and keep an eye on things while you’re gone. If you plan to have people coming into your garage (instead of the driveway), make sure to lock the doors to your house and keep a set of keys in your pocket.
Have an Exit Plan
In conclusion, an effective garage sale has an exit plan in place. That means knowing what you will do with your unsold items and having the help you need to close it down once the sale is over. If you have large items, arrange for a truck to come and pick up any unsold items you don’t plan to keep. If the things are able to fit into a car, have enough boxes on hand to load everything up and into the vehicle once your garage sale is over. In that way, you can drive quickly to the donation location afterward. Additionally, it is necessary to take down all of your garage sale signs! Not only is it leaving them up an environmental problem, but it may also cause people to knock on your door or try to take things from your yard long after the sale is over.
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