Tips for holding a garage sale


When you hold a garage sale you’re hoping to make some money and to unload some stuff that you don’t want and aren’t using anymore. It’s one thing to fill your garage or yard with things you want to sell and another to get a lot of traffic and move a lot of it. Simply rolling up the door and putting things on a table isn’t enough if you want your garage sale to be smash. Here are easy ways to draw a crowd and sales to your garage sale.

Get the word out

You want people to let people know you are having a garage sale. Tell your friends and family. Post on Facebook or send out an email. Tweet about it using local hashtags and relevant garage sale hashtags. Post about it on your blog.

Some websites like Craigslist and Kijiji have areas where you can post about garage sales for free. Find local bloggers and event listings that accept event and garage sale submissions.

Put up signs in your area. Make them large and obvious on major streets nearby. Have arrows pointing to your home that are easy to follow. If there are message boards or posting areas put up signs there. Ask at local stores and cafes if you can put up a flyer. Always include the date and address.

Make it easy to find prices

If it’s hard to find out how much something costs people will walk away. It’s too much effort to ask and they can be shy. Make price tags clear and obvious. People should be able to tell exactly how much everything costs.

Don’t fear haggling

Many people go to garage sales for the bargains. They want to get things for as little as possible and are hungry for a deal. If someone starts haggling go along with it. Decide what your base is and work around that. Not everyone will want to haggle but for some items it could be the difference between a sale and ending up stuck with something at the end of the day.

Plan for kids

On a weekend you’re going to attract families out in the neighbourhood as well as people who are going to different garage sales who have their kids with them. Have a table with colouring books or toys that kids can play with to keep busy while their parents shop. The adults will be grateful and it will keep kids from running amok. Don’t place anything breakable or valuable low down. Put it somewhere higher up that only adults can reach.

Give stuff away for free

At the end of the day one of your big goals is to get rid of some of the stuff you have lying around and cluttering up your house. You want as many people as possible to leave with something. The money is nice but not the most important thing. You can set out a box of free items that people can just take. Set out food or lemonade with some plates and glasses. You can also do a buy one get one type of sale.


About Neb Aleksic

Neb grew up in the garage door business. Since joining Doorcare he has moved up in the ranks, and now oversees a team, in addition to Doorcare's marketing efforts. He is passionate about what he does, and enjoys the small things in life.
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