A good way to pick up a little needed extra cash is to have a garage sale. Don’t expect it to be easy, though. Having a sale is a lot of hard work. But there are strategies to make that hard work pay off in the best possible ways.
Location is very important. If your home is at the end of an obscure cul-de-sac, or down a country road, you may want to consider partnering with a friend that has a more accessible place in order to attract passers-by.
Be sure to advertise in advance. Craig’s List, and local newspapers, community bulletin boards, and the like, are good places to let people know about your sale before it happens. Tell everyone you know, too. Allow yourself plenty of time to make great signs. Use permanent markers and write BIG! Use sturdy cardboard that won’t curl in if the weather gets a bit damp. Sandwich boards and stuffed paper bags work well for areas that require you to set your signs right on the ground. ( To make a stuffed-bag sign, use a grocery sized paper bag, place a few rocks in the bottom for weight, then stuff with newspaper and staple the top closed. Write with permanent markers. These make good directional signs to direct traffic once they are in your neighborhood.) Utility poles seem to be people’s favorite spots, but do consider removing the nails when you remove your signs after the sale.
Take the time to set your sale up attractively. Make it easy for your customers to navigate and see everything you have to offer. Take time to clean things – think about how it makes you feel to pick up something gross at someone’s sale! Try to put a price on everything so that you don’t spend your entire day answering inquiries. Some people have separate tables for differently priced items. This way you only have to make one sign for each table. Don’t price things too high or you will just end up putting them back into your garage at the end of your sale. The idea is to get rid of stuff – and all those bargain prices really do add up in the end.