Your family is moving, so you decide this is the best time to eliminate old stuff and minimize clutter. Why not make a little cash while you’re at it? A garage or yard sale seems to be the perfect option. There are advantages and disadvantages to this, so we are here to help you along the way with some tips and tricks to ensure that your sale is a success.
Plan Ahead: With the idea of moving right around the corner, it’s best to begin going through your stuff early in order to decide what you plan on keeping. Once you have that figured out, label all the items you wish to sell and keep a list of what you inventory.
Promote Your Sale: The last thing you want to happen is to get all set up and have no one show up. To avoid that disaster, place signs out around your neighborhood in advance. Be sure that they are clearly written and easy to read from the street. With the date and location in large letters. You may also consider placing an ad in the local paper or on the internet to get more traffic to your sale.
Have Cash Available: Be sure to have lots of spare change on hand. Go to the bank two days early and get at least $25 worth of Loonies and Toonies, and several fives. Also make sure to have lots of quarters.
Curb Appeal: Set your sale up in your front yard if at all possible, it’s more inviting to visitors who may be timid to go into a strangers garage. Also aim to set up your most attractive items close to the road to attract attention of passerby’s.
Try it Out: After everything is set up, take a walk through the sale yourself. Make sure that everything is easily accessible and looks presentable. Are prices clearly labeled? Are there any boxes of goods that were left unpacked by mistake? You may also consider driving by the house to see if it looks nice enough to stop at. If not, make some adjustments and try again.
Place Items Thoughtfully: If you have some chairs and a beach umbrella that you are aiming to sell, set them up like a display in a store. Show off the merchandise! If you have a bunch of books to get rid of, don’t just scatter them around on a table (or worse – leave them in boxes) set them up on a shelf. If that’s not available at least spring for some cheap book ends to hold them up.
Music to My Ears: Set a more comfortable environment by playing some appropriate music. That way there are no awkward silences and it makes for a more fun shopping experience. Be sure not to play it too loud so you can still communicate easily with your shoppers.
Try if Before You Buy it: If there are any electronics that are included in your sale, be sure they are in working condition. If they need batteries to operate, make sure they still have juice. If they need electricity, pull out an extension cord so shoppers can make sure everything functions before buying. That makes the shopper more comfortable with buying pricey electronics, knowing that you’re an honest seller.
Keeping these simple tips in mind should help you navigate your way to a successful garage or yard sale. Once you have had your sale, if you still have items left over consider donating them to a local charity before throwing them away. Good luck and happy selling!
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