Advertise your upcoming sale like crazy. WE ARE TAKING CARE OF THIS FOR YOU!!!
If you like haggling and don’t mind answering questions every time someone picks up or points at an item, don’t bother with pricing every piece. However, if you’d rather give shoppers a heads-up while you kick back in the shade, get some ready-made pricing stickers to put on the items.
Be realistic with your price points. Very few buyers at garage sales are expecting to spend big bucks. If you have time before your sale, visit a couple of other neighborhood sales to gauge prices.
Supply plastic bags or boxes for multiple items. Keep old newspaper handy to wrap up fragile items.
Have a small calculator handy, buyers might otherwise question your addition.
Have plenty of change at the start, at least $50 in small bills and coins, more if you have a lot of low priced items.
Put up signs on busy streets and around your neighborhood that will lead shoppers to your place. WE ARE TAKING CARE OF THIS FOR YOU!!!
Merchandising your items is key. Think about how stores pull in shoppers. A well-organized display of your wares will pique the interest of buyers and result in more sales. Take your stuff out of boxes and group items in a visually appealing way.
Put big-ticket items such as furniture, electronics or eye-catching pieces of art closest to the street or in a prominent spot for maximum visibility.
Put together a catch-all box of junk and make a bright “Free Stuff” sign. Place this free box on the curb. Most shoppers driving by a garage sale can’t resist the allure of the lowest possible price point.
Keep in mind that you’re trying to get rid of stuff and that low-ball offers are a part of the game. If you have truly valuable items, try selling them individually through eBay or Craigslist.
Get flexible with your pricing as the day goes by. Knock a dollar or two off a listed price. Offer package deals to folks buying multiple items. Encourage customers to grab anything remotely interesting. You want to end the day with minimal leftovers so don’t take a hard line on items you never have to see again.
After the Garage Sale:
Determine what items you want to keep for a possible future sale and box them up.
The rest can be donated to Goodwill, The Salvation Army, your favorite charity, or the trash man.
And if you participated in the garage sale in anticipation of moving, call Diana Rivera at Keller Williams to discuss how we will get your house sold!
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