Planning a Garage Sale is fast and easy if you know a few simple techniques. Its all about the Tao of organizing a garage sale effectively, which is certainly not rocket science, but it does require some thought, some decisions, and of course... some effort.
However, there are simple ways of pricing garage sale items such as those mentioned below. The first step in planning a garage sale is figuring out how much stuff youre ready to part with. Theres a lot of freedom in getting rid of things you dont need. This is a true benefit of having a garage sale that gets overshadowed by the thought of how much money you might bring in. Whether you want to simply de-clutter your garage and home, or you need some extra cash, the more stuff you put out there, the more youll be rewarded.
The next step in planning a garage sale is to create a garage sale checklist and make sure to follow it closely. At the very least, your list should include these 5 steps...
The 5 step garage sale checklist above covers the very basics of effectively planning a garage sale. Now, lets take a moment and look at two major issues that dramatically influence how successful you can be with your sale... your pricing and your sales environment:
Pricing garage sale items shouldnt be too painful at all. However, youre going to have to realize that youre probably not going to get as much as youd like for whatever it is youre parting ways with. Understanding this is an important part of planning a garage sale so you dont get frustrated by it. A sure-fire garage sale pricing guide doesnt exist because of the location, variety, age, and condition of stuff that people sell. If youre just not sure where to begin on pricing garage sale items, then see what similar items are selling for on craigslist.com, and/or visit several other garage sales to get a good idea of how much to list your stuff for.
Remember, you want to get rid of it in the first place, so dont list it too high to begin with. Most garage sale goers are bargain hunters and theyll go to the next sale if your prices are too high. So, aside from actually planning a garage sale and pricing garage sale items, the true way to have a successful garage sale is by creating an atmosphere beneficial to the buyers. Ok, Im not talking about candles, a live jazz band, and martinis, but more on the lines of giving the buyer something theyre not getting from other sales.
First off, clean everything up. Wipe away the cobwebs from everything youre selling. Buyers are more attracted to things that look good. Make sure everything is tagged. Dont force the buyer to search for the price or they might go search at someone elses sale Make it clear you like to haggle. Advertise it; make a sign onsite so the buyers clearly know theyre going to get the best deal if they buy from you.
If the item is electronic, make sue it has batteries so the buyer can see that it works. If it doesnt work, make sure to label it that way. This is an important part of planning a garage sale, as you dont want people coming back for the money they gave you. If the item has a power adapter or a cord to plug in, then make sure to provide an extension cord to show how it works.
Finally, offer help. If your buyers hands are full, then hold stuff for them so theyll buy more. Let them make an offer that you think is too low. Ask for their name and number so you can call them if no one else makes a higher offer by the end of the sale. Another thing you can do is offer to deliver big and/or heavy things if you have the means to do so. asically, give them something that other sellers arent... give them a reason to buy from you.
Planning a garage sale can be lots of fun even though its a lot of work. If you follow the steps above, the work will go by quickly, and before you know it, youll have a heck of lot less clutter not only in your garage, but in your entire home as well. Then, when clutter begins piling up again, you can quickly start organizing a garage sale the easy, fast, and effective way all over again... and again... and again.