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This week on Works for Me Wednesday , hosted by We Are THAT Family it's Greatest Tip Edition...I don't know what I would consider my greatest tip, but this is one of my favorites.
It's coming up on garage sale season and so my tip revolves around keys that I think are important to having a successful garage sale.
With Joy UNquenchable,
I have a garage sale every year. The money I make pays for my daughters homeschool materials, or other items we need or want. I have been to many garage sales that are unorganized and chaotic. Needless to say, I do not stay at those very long (though I'm sure I could find some great treasures). Here is what I do to make mine successful and receive many compliments on how organized, clean and well priced they are.
1. Price reasonably. People are at sales looking for bargains. I'd rather price lower and sell everything, then price high and make only a few dollars. If there are items I want to ask more for I may put them out at the sale, but remain firm. If they don't sell then I post those on Craigs list.
Instead of pricing each item individually I price in groupings and put "unless otherwise marked" so if there are items I want to ask more or less for, those are the ones I price separately...I just don't have time to price every book or piece of clothing. So for example: all kids clothes .75 unless otherwise marked, etc..
2. I make cute signs on my computer: Using a large font and even adding a picture. Signs for books, clothes, CD's, etc.
3. Categorize your tables: All clothing is organized as such: Children's clothes (I separate sizes according to my daughters' sizes...so girls 10-14, and girls 6-8), Women's clothes, men's clothes. I always include the sizes on the signs.
4. I find a book shelf to show off my books, and baskets for stuffed animals, CD's, and other small items. I put all my housewares on one table, and all toys and kids items on their own table. I might even set up a carpet with a few things so that kids can "test" them out.
5. If I have several items that would go together or are within the same theme (apples, or Christmas) I group them together.
6. I take time to make sure everything is clean. Dusted, washed, etc..
7. I always play music, and the girls usually set up a nice table to sell cookies and juice (note:even if I go to a garage sale and really do not want cookies or juice but some cute little girl or boy are trying to make some money...I buy it anyways!)
8. If selling electronics, have a cord ready so that customers can try it out.
9. On the last day I mark everything down half price. I'd rather make something than nothing.
10. I do my sales on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Starting at 8:00 or 9:00 and going till 6:00. Long days, but I only do it once a year.
I have had great success each year of my sales. People enjoy stopping at places that are set up nice and are clean.