1. Have a garage sale with a friend or two (or three). If she is not a great friend at the beginning, she will be by the end of the garage sale!
2. Have fun food available in your kitchen.
3. Have your favorite music playing (I start with "70's Oldies" in the morning, then switch to Fiesta music in the afternoon).
4. Serve Margaritas (NOT to the customers - though they always ask!)
I think a good rule of thumb for most household items is to price roughly at 10-20% of purchase price. That's just MY suggested starting point.
The only thing I sell AND buy at, close to, full price at garage sales, are true antiques.
1. Obtain a garage sale permit if one is required in your community
2. Place an add in your newspaper. Include specific items for sale, your address, dates, and times of sale.
3. Call your local thrift store and schedule a pick-up for one hour after your sale is done.
The Days Before
1. Price items. Yes. EVERY. SINGLE. ITEM. Or people will leave (like me).
2. Set up and arrange things on tables. Put similar items together (Christmas, linens, dishes, etc.). This helps your shoppers quickly find the specific items they are looking for.
3. Hang all clothing items.
4. Set up a card table for "check-out".
5. Make many large, colorful signs (neon colored posters work best). Use arrows, not addresses. No one can read an address while they're driving!
6. Gather all your plastic bags, paper bags, stray tissue paper and bubble wrap. You will need to bag some items when they sell.
7. Cover items in your garage that are not for sale. Trust me. Just do it.
8. Get balloons.
9. Get at least $50 in change.
1. Make COFFEE!
2. Put your signs and balloons out (make sure to put balloons at the end of your driveway/mailbox.
3. Pull tables, toys, etc., out of the garage
4. Turn on the music and eat doughnuts.
1. Let anyone in your home. For any reason. Period
2. Walk away from the money drawer.
3. Leave small, expensive items unattended.
4. Take a personal check.
5. Hold an item without some kind of collateral (I prefer cute little children and puppies!)
6. Hold a garage sale alone.
1. Decide ahead of time if you are willing to negotiate your prices.
2. Have everything clearly priced.
3. Say hello and good-bye to people (like I tell my kids; you may be the only person to talk to that person all day).
3. Have grandma or a friend watch your small children while you are having a sale. Trust me. A sale is very distracting, your children are very distracting, and garage sales tend to bring out some BAD drivers. Bad combination!
I hope this helps you and motivates you do dive in with a friend and have a garage sale.
How about you garage sale veterans? Did I forget anything???