7 Top Tips for a Successful Garage Sale

A couple of weeks back we got down and dirty with a garage sale of our very own. I think it was quite the success really with plenty of crap out of our lives and a wad of extra dosh in our pocket. So here are a few tips and tricks to keep in mind when you’re venturing into the world of selling your shit…garage sale style.

Get it out there on Gumtree – Gumtree has recently become one of my favourite hobbies – everything’s gotta go! It literally takes 2 minutes to post a free ad and often, you can sell your old scratched up bookcase within a couple of days. The buyer comes on over, picks up the item and BOOM – less clutter, more cold hard cash! Just like when you are selling one specific item, Gumtree is a perfect way of getting the attention of bargain hunters who will be super keen to rummage through all the stuff that no longer brings value to your life.

Don’t put your house number on the advert – Some of these garage sale goers are legit die hards. I would strongly advise not to put your house number on the ad, just a street and suburb name. This will get people to the area and then when you are ready to open up you can just chuck your signage out the front to show them where it’s at. No one wants a crazed bargain hunter knocking on their door at 4 am asking if they can have a look, or worse, finding a way in overnight without your knowledge.

Start painfully early – Garage sale goers like to start early. To our surprise, when we opened up at 7 am there was already about 8 people waiting out the front. Also most of the money exchanged hands before 9 am so you would be crazy to open up any time later than sparrow’s fart.

Signage is king – Not only are you getting the garage sale goers from your Gumtree ad but you also want to get the attention of the peeps passing by who catch a glimpse of your signs and decide to take a quick detour  into the land used bric-a-brac. Make sure you place a sign on your closest main road and that they are clear and attention-grabbing. If people find it at all challenging to find the sale, they may just put the idea in the too hard basket and take their doshola elsewhere!

Make it cheap – I really thought the garage sale goers would get into some serious bartering with me so I was actually a little disappointed when people paid as priced. I marked all the items a little on the high side so they could barter them down but I think I might have lost some sales when people discovered the price and just moved on. Next time, I would make the items a lil’ less.

Decide what you are going to do with the item if it doesn’t sell – A really helpful thing to do before a garage sale is decide what you will do with each item if it doesn’t sell. Are you going to keep it? Give it to Goodwill? Chuck it straight in the trash? If you have this in the back of your mind then you’ll know which items to really try to get rid of and which items you won’t be dropping the price on.

Have a float – You gots to have change! If people are throwing money at you then it’s really your responsibility to have the correct change to hand back to them. No one wants to be held up by someone scurrying around trying to rummage up your change.

Well there you have it, a few hot tips for you first-timers out there. Good luck on your crap cleanse!

Any other hot tips I’ve missed? Feel free to add them in the comments below.

Until next time…That’s what she said.

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