May 8, 2015 8:33 pm
Here are a few simple tips to make sure your next garage sale is a success.
Get the Word Out. It’s no secret that the more people who come to your sale, the better your chance of success. That’s why advertising is such an important part of the process. While posting signs on telephone poles and bulletin boards might have been a winning strategy in the past, successfully marketing your garage sale is much more involved today. Start spreading the word on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram about a week before the sale by teasing people with photos of the items you'll be selling. You’ll also want to post the details on Craigslist a few days ahead of time, making sure the listing stays up until the day of the sale.
Be Reasonable. While you’ll want to make money at the sale, remember that the end goal is to ultimately get rid of things. Therefore, if someone offers less than your asking price for a particular item, it’s probably worth making a deal. Haggling is a rite of passage for any garage sale participant, so don’t be upset if they try to lowball you.
Put Prices on Things. Spend some time before the day of the garage sale arrives to put price stickers on items you're selling so buyers have an idea of how much an item is. If the sale gets crowded, the last thing you want is to lose buyers because they couldn't find you for a price check.
Have Special Deals. One of the quickest ways to get rid of items at a garage sale is to offer deals such as buy two dishes, get the third free. Or, you can even encourage people who drop by on the day of the sale to purchase an entire box of books for one price. People who shop garage sales are often attracted to deals, and they love getting things for free.
Pay Attention to the Clock. As the day starts winding down, prices should drop and you should be more open to making deals. If you see someone looking at a $10 lamp, tell them they can have it for $5. If you're serious about getting rid of unwanted items, put a sign up toward the end of the day that encourages browsers to make their best offer.
For more tips on hosting a successful garage sale, contact our office today.
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