Tips for having a successful garage sale
- Before the Garage Sale- Enroll your neighbors! Lots of garage sale signs in an area or neighborhood will create a bazaar-type atmosphere. People will park their cars and walk from house to house. Don’t shop your neighbors’ sale, or you’ll spend your profits and re-clutter your house.
- Sinage is Everything- The day before the sale, post signs near all the major streets and intersections, in every direction, to direct people to your house. Stay away from little signs and use arrows to point people in the right direction. Make sure to pick them up after the sale is done.
- Display EVERYTHING Neatly- Take the time to lay out your sales items in an inviting manner, as they might appear in a store. Books stacked and organized will sell easier than books thrown in a cardboard box.
- Clean Everything Up- It makes items appear very appealing. People want to envision your items in their home. The more dingy-looking stuff you put out, the quicker people will get turned off. No wrinkled or dirty clothing!
- Prep a Checklist- Get a cash box or money belt with at least $50 in bill and coin change. Don’t blow a sale because you can’t make change. Make more signs to point out particular bargains or deals. Pull out all the old grocery and pharmacy plastic bags to use so people can take home their goodies.
- Set the Mood- Play some recorded music to provide a little browsing atmosphere. If someone wants to buy the radio, consider the offer. Make your sale like a shopping experience, and you’ll have a much better chance of succeeding.
- During the Garage Sale- Greet people warmly and don’t hover. Take a lesson from Wal-Mart which as has a greeter on the way in and out. Make people feel welcome, but once in your yard or garage, don’t stalk them. Let them browse at their own pace and readily available to answer any questions they may have.
- Price Items Clearly- Label everything so that people know what an item cost. Some people may be to shy to ask. Make sure to tell people all items are priced to sell!
- Let People Haggle- People feel great when they get a discount! Let them negotiate! If you’re firm on getting a higher price on an item (furniture or electronics) set a higher price to start.
- Let Your Kids Operate a Small Stand of Their Own- Cute Kids selling refreshments or cookies will get people to linger longer and it enrolls your little ones in the event. Let them set up a stand with some of their toys to sell. It’s a great way to declutter their rooms.
- After the Garage Sale- Take stock of unsold big-ticket items, take photos and sell on eBay, Craigslist or a local thrift store.
- Don’t Put it Back in the House- Contact the Salvation Army, Good Will or local charities to pick up your unsold items. Typically a few hours after the sale ends. While you won’t make any money, you’ll make a difference on behalf of a charitable organization, and the people who depend on it.
As the #1 Local Real Estate Company in Saint Louis and Saint Charles, we wish you great success with your garage sales. Contact a local Prudential Select Properties Agent with any questions or to see how we may help sponsor (signage, marketing, ads in the local paper,etc) your upcoming sale.
Prudential Select Properties St Charles County Office, 636-720-1100