Spring is in the air, and those dust bunnies aren’t going to clean themselves—especially when it comes to your garage. When you want to get your garage in order, the best way to get the job done is with a good ol’ fashioned garage sale.
Before you start rolling your eyes, keep listening. A garage sale may seem a little old-school and like a lot of work, but it’s the original way to go green. Get rid of your junk and declutter—no landfills necessary! It’s time to roll up the sleeves of your pretty blouse and start purging.
Check out these pro tips for how to have a successful garage sale.
1. Throw Out Trash
While it’s true one man’s trash can be another man’s treasure, there are some things absolutely no one is going to see the beauty in. If you have soiled clothing, cracked dishes, or broken toys, don’t even think about trying to sell them for a profit. Those items will need to go into trash or recycling before you go any further with your garage sale.
2. Make Piles
Nobody wants to be rummaging through disorganized piles, even at a garage sale. But you can use this quick system to categorize your belongings before the main event. Group together items you want to sell, such as kitchen tools, yard tools, clothing, books, etc.
3. Set Pricing
With everything grouped and categorized, you can set prices with signs or stickers. Signs are easy because you can set one price for a whole group of things, while putting stickers on each item will allow you to set individual prices. But remember, this is a garage sale. People are looking for deals! Don’t get overly ambitious with your price points.
4. Join Forces
There’s power in numbers! Make your garage sale even more successful by joining forces with friends and neighbors. Everybody probably has at least a few things laying around that they’d love to get rid of, and you’ll get a better turnout if you can get more people in on the sale.
5. Advertise Your Garage Sale
You might be selling the most fabulous Dior and Gucci designer dresses at a killer price point, but your garage sale still won’t be a smashing success if nobody knows about it. Make sure the whole world (or at least the whole neighborhood) hears about your event by advertising on Facebook, Instagram, and the local paper, and by putting up signs around town at least a day in advance.
6. Stage Your Garage Sale
The word is out, so now it’s time to think about how to stage a garage sale. Bring out tables, clothing racks, baskets, and any other organizational items you have in your home. Knowing how to organize a garage sale is one of the main keys to success. Presentation could make or break the sale of your used clothing, toys, cookware, etc., so make sure everything is clean, categorized, and presented nicely.
Follow these garage sale organization tips, and you’ll be set for a fabulous event. You’ll rake in some extra cash and clear out some much-needed space in your home and garage. It’s a win-win!