A few weeks ago, I posted about the beginning stages I go through when planning for a garage sale. See that post here.
One of those steps was creating a garage sale "tool kit" to keep just about anything you might need while preparing for this big event.
And seeing that I am having my own sale this weekend, I thought I'd discuss a few things I do to prepare about a week (give or take) before the sale.
- Post an ad on Craigslist about a week before the sale. (Repost it again a day or two before as well.) Post anything special or significant you are planning to sell. If you are selling for a specific type of buyer, make sure you get the word out. Post some pictures of what they will see. (Only use pics of items you think will be big sellers.)
- Start to "clean/organize" the garage. Vacuum the floors, put things away that aren't being sold, etc. (You don't have to go crazy here--it is a garage. But good first impressions can help bring in buyers.
- Start collecting tables, containers, rods, etc. that you could use to house the "stuff" you are selling. (Inexpensive table cloths from the $ Store can make a difference as well.)
- Start sorting items into categories onto your tables. Small items can be grouped together with a price on the container. (Ex: 25 cents a piece/$5.00 for the whole box)
- Mark prices. How to do this is totally up to you. I personally do not take the time to mark each individual item just because it is very time consuming and I have found that people typically try and talk down the price anyway. I sometimes create a color-coded system that is a bit easier (see that in my last post) and I have also left it up to the buyer to give me a price. Your call. You may want to do a little of both.
- Collect/Make signs. This is important to let any potential buyers know where and what you are selling. Not only do you need to make sure you have signs directing people to the sale, but you may need some to explain things within your sale. (You may use them to mark out zones such as "clothes", "toys", "appliances", etc.
Completing these steps should get you on the right track to being prepared for a successful sale.
Stay tuned for one last post on this topic: