How to Have a Successful Garage Sale

Anna Cadwallader
August 8, 2013



If you missed out on spring cleaning this year, don’t worry, plan a garage sale to clean out clutter. Garage sales are a great way to organize your home and make extra money. If you’re looking for something productive to do this weekend, start planning for a garage sale by rounding up unneeded things around the house. Here are some successful garage sale tips that will help you get the most cash for your old belongings.

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Place signs around your neighborhood before the set date to raise awareness about your garage sale and to attract customers. On the day of the sale, if you live on a remote street, place large signs on major streets near your home to guide drivers to your sale. The more people who come, the more money you make.

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When In Doubt, Throw It Out

Garage sales aren’t rocket science, but they do take effort and planning. If you’re questioning whether to sell something, do it. Chances are you won’t have another garage sale for a while and the fact that you doubt the item is a sign that it’s time to give it up. Garage sales are all about organizing your home and simplifying your life, so liberate yourself from any unwanted items. Plus, the more you sell, the higher your profit. 

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Be Flexible

You want to make a profit on your garage sale, so don’t let items linger. If you notice something isn’t selling or that people are asking for a lower price, make sure to barter with them. Being stubborn about prices can actually make you lose money by turning customers away, so be willing to negotiate.

Out With the Old and In With the New

After a garage sale, don’t feel like you need to go on a shopping spree to fill the extra space in your house. Instead, start by making room for items that might have not had a “home” before. Garage sales are a fast way to make extra income, so consider saving your hard earned money instead of reinvesting in things that you’ll sell off at your next garage sale in 10 years.

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