Many people have garage sales to simply do some cleaning or finally get rid of all those items they have been storing since the kids were still in diapers. Regardless how many items you have to get rid of, here are 12 ways to make more money at your garage sale and have fun in the process.
Take the time the night before to give all the items a good cleaning. Nothing will turn off a potential buyer more than picking up something filthy at your sale. The cleaner the item, the less likely the buyer will try and haggle the price.
If you are selling balls, chairs, or even pictures, put a few of them together in a group and try to get a better price. This will move the items faster and leave you less unsold items at the end of the day.
Rather than set low prices across the board, set a slightly higher price on everything and expect the bargain hunters to chew down your prices slightly.
Purchase some stickers and clearly mark the prices to the nearest dollar. This will avoid people asking every second how much an item is, and move the items more rapidly.
Place all $1 items in a plastic pool, tub, or large container. Keeping the high dollar items together will attract those people looking to spend money on items they need.
Do not start lowering your price too early. Don’t make the mistake of dropping your prices early in the morning when buyers ask. These are the early birds who hit the scene each week looking for the biggest bargains. Hold your prices until the afternoon before lowering.
Some buyers are looking to grab items at rock bottom prices to resell later on their time. They offer to take everything for one low price, but you stand to lose quite a lot of money when the real buyers show up.
Many people do not get up at the crack of dawn at hit garage sales. Many people stop by on their way out later in the day or on the way home from work.
Be willing to mix odd items together to try and sell one on the back of the other. Selling a new lawn trimmer is easy, adding a used beat up gas can could be hard unless you offer it as part of the sale price of the trimmer.
If a buyer sees something not for sale and offers you money, think about if you really need that item and if it is a great opportunity to make some extra cash.
Sitting at the sale all day can get overwhelming, and cause you to start selling cheap to close up shop. Let the family take turns at the sale so you are refreshed throughout the day.
It is easier to get $15 for a chair with a repaired leg, then trying to get $5 for a chair with the leg falling off.
The most important thing at your garage sale: have fun and enjoy the time outside!
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Jane Blanchard is a blogger, home design geek, and graphic designer from Savannah, GA. She currently nurtures her HGTV obsession and love for all things home decor, by writing for Modernize.com.