How to Plan a Successful Garage Sale
In our last blog post, we covered a few tips that can help make decluttering your home before a move just a little bit easier. Once you’ve determined what you are going to keep and what you can get rid of, the next step is actually getting rid of the items that you no longer need. For some, taking a load of stuff to the dumpster or to the local donation center is the easiest way to get the job done, but what if we told you that you could make a profit off of the items you’re no longer using? We’re talking about a garage sale!
Garage sales are a great way for you to eliminate the number of things that you’ll be packing during this next move while also making a profit. Whether you’ve hosted a garage sale or this one will be your very first, knowing what you can do to make it a successful sale is something everyone can benefit from. Today, your team of local movers at Skyline Moving Company is going to provide you with some guidance on how to make your garage sale a hit!
Timing is Everything
Before the sale even happens, you need to determine which day you’re going to be hosting the sale. For starters, you’re going to want to host the sale for a couple of days — not just one. What we have seen yield the most success are garage sales that are scheduled on the weekends for a couple of hours each day.
Having a sale that goes from Friday through Sunday and will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. gives people plenty of time to stop by. Not only is it a nice window of time, but the sale is scheduled on a weekend, so you know people won’t be working while the sale is going on. That means optimal foot traffic should be happening!
Spread the Word
Though many people are able to stumble upon a garage sale by simply driving through a neighborhood, it’s always good to spread the word of the sale that you’re hosting. By letting people know when the sale is going on and where it will be, you can make sure people are aware of the sale and have all of the information needed to show up.
The most common way that people spread the word of garage sales that they’re hosting is by placing cardboard signs on street signs. That way, when people pass them, they are able to gain all of the information they need. You can also share the sale information on your social media profiles or on local mediums that spread the word of local events.
Being organized makes things easier, it just does, and that’s going to be the case for your sale too. Not only will organizing everything that you have make it easy for you to keep track of the items that you have in your sale, but it will make it easy for individuals that stop to browse your sale and find everything that they need.
A few examples of things that you should organize are dish sets and bedding. If you have any dishes that are going to be in the sale, figure out which dishes are going to go together and organize them that way in the sale. With bedding, collect all pieces of a set and pair them together before you display them. Doing this will make it easier for people to browse but can also help you get rid of more items in the long run.
Set Reasonable Prices
The entire goal of the garage sale is to get rid of items, not to tote everything back into the house and hold onto it for longer. When you set up your sale, make sure to mark the products with reasonable prices so that people want to purchase the items. If people try to bargain, consider it. It’s better to wind up with some money than an entire load of items that you now have to pack and move.
The more reasonable the prices, the more items you’re likely to sell. Whatever you don’t sell, donate it! Now you have a huge weight lifted off your shoulders and drastically less for you to move. All that’s left to do is call your local movers and get on your way to your new home. When that time comes, contact Skyline Moving Company and we’ll get you taken care of.