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How To Organize a Garage Sale

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Fri, Apr 4, 2014

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I've found that the tasks of organizing a garage and getting rid of clutter often go hand in hand. Let's face it: It's much easier to organize a garage when there are fewer items to organize! That's why I recommend that you consider hosting a garage sale. This is a convenient way to get rid of items you don't need and create more space in your garage. And you may be surprised at what people will pay for items you no longer want. Take a look at some tips that can help you to bring some organization to your garage sale.

Capture Their Attention

Depending on where you live, there may be several other garage sales happening on the same day as yours. Having competition makes it all the more important to carefully plan your sale. It's a good idea to draw people onto your street by posting colorful signs with arrows that lead drivers to your house. You may want to highlight some brand names on your signs to get people curious about what you're selling. Once you see a steady stream of shoppers entering your neighborhood, you know that you're off to a good start!

Imagine Your Life with …

It's not enough to put your items out on tables and sit down to drink an iced tea. I recommend that you create an arrangement that helps shoppers envision themselves with various items. For example, if you are selling a popcorn popper, make a bowl of buttery popcorn with it and set it next to the popper. The aroma alone will get the attention of shoppers! Put a few DVDs or a novel next to the bowl. Hopefully, this will get your shoppers thinking of how fun it would be to pop some popcorn and sit down to watch a DVD or read a great novel on a Friday night. In addition, try putting various outfits together along with pairs of shoes. If you have a mannequin to dress up, that's even better. A complete outfit is a lot more appealing to look at than a rack of miscellaneous clothes. An older sofa in your sale looks a lot more comfy with colorful throw pillows on it or even a crocheted blanket. In short, small touches can make the difference between selling an item and loading it onto a donation truck at the end of the day.

Divide Your Garage into Departments

Hang a sign in the areas of your garage that contain women's clothing, men's clothing, and kids' clothing. This makes it easy for shoppers to navigate their way through your "sales floor." Organize the clothing items by color and season. The easier you can make things for shoppers, the more likely they are to linger at your sale and make a purchase.

Set Your Garage Sale Apart from the Crowd

There are many extra elements that can make your sale more appealing. Try playing music in the background. Music with a lively beat is a good choice. One idea would be to play some rock and roll from the 1950s. Choose something that shoppers can tap their feet to as they look through your items. Serving snacks is another idea that can set your sale apart from competing garage sales. Give away tiny cups of lemonade and maybe some homemade cookies. (Be sure to let people know the ingredients of the cookies ahead of time.) Also, don't let people wander in without being recognized. Greet people with a smile and thank them for coming, even if they only buy a kids' plastic ring for five cents. You never know: That person may tell a neighbor about your sale and you could get another customer.

I hope these tips prove helpful to you on the day of your garage sale. Happy selling! - Alan

Topics: garage sale, organize a garage sale

Be the Garage Sale Master with these 7 Tips for Success

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Mon, Nov 18, 2013

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"Get Rid of the Clutter and Get Your Car Back in the Garage Again"

A garage sale helps you to accomplish two things. First, you can get rid of items that are taking up your valuable garage storage space. Secondly, you have the chance to make a little bit of money on these items as they leave your home. In this week's blog, I want to share seven garage sale tips that can help make your sale day a success!

1. Employ Creative Garage Sale Advertising

When it comes to garage sales, the name of the game is attracting as much attention as possible. The more people you can attract to your garage sale, the better your chances are of selling your items. Consequently, one of the most important steps of garage sale preparation is advertising your sale. I suggest you go big and colorful on your garage sale advertising. Post your signs in places where many people travel. Make sure that all of your printing is clear and readable. Along with your address and the date of the sale, you may want to include a few of the highlights. An antique chair, a dog house, brand name children's clothing, toys and video games are all examples of items that grab people's attention. I recommend that you make your garage sale advertising unique and funny so it will make a lasting impression.

2. Pretend You Own a Store

Garage sale preparation can be more fun if you pretend like your garage storage space is a retail store. For instance, if you have lots of men's and women's clothing, put items in their own area of the garage. Also, arrange the items according to color. Put all of the red items together, all of the green ones together, etc. This makes for a neat and organized display. Create a special table for kid's toys, video games and books. You can even hang signs over each area so people will think they are shopping in a department store!

3. Highlight Your Most Appealing Items

If you have an item that will attract a lot of attention, put it in a prominent place. For instance, if you have an antique loveseat with a beautiful cushion, put it out where shoppers will see it right away. Attach a balloon or streamers to it if necessary. A person may stop at your sale to look at the loveseat, and then proceed to browse through your other items.

4. Price Everything in a Clear Way

One of the best garage sale tips I can give you is to make sure everything has a price tag. Now, just because there is a price on something doesn't mean a shopper won't try to bargain with you. I suggest you bargain with people unless you really believe the item is worth the price you put on it. Keep in mind your goal of reclaiming your storage space.

5. Make Up Some Fun Item Descriptions

I think that people like seeing creative signs on items in a garage sale. For example, if you have a huge fluffy Saint Bernard stuffed animal with sad eyes you can hang a sign on it that reads, 'Needs a new home. Doesn't eat much.' Or, if you have a collection of cookware for sale you could make a sign that reads, 'Cookware Perfect for the Queen of Cuisine!' Imaginative signs can get people to take a second look at your items and bring you a step closer to an uncluttered storage space.

6. Dress Up a Mannequin and Put It Out Front

If you have a lot of clothing in your sale, you may want to dress a mannequin in a stylish outfit and put him or her out front. This can get more attention for your sale and prompt people to pull in for a look. For additional effect, hang a sign around the mannequin's neck advertising any name brand clothing you have in your sale.

7. Have Refreshments and a Table for Little Kids

Refreshments such as lemonade, cookies and chips are a fun addition to a sale. You can even make a few more dollars by selling these to visitors. If it's a hot morning, you may consider having water available for free to keep people from leaving early because of the heat.

Oftentimes, moms bring their kids with them when they visit garage sales. I suggest putting up a kid's table with toys and puzzles on it that will entertain little ones. Keeping kids busy will give their moms more time to browse your sale.

I've gone ahead and compiled a few more resources for you on planning garage sales.

After your sale is over, I suggest that you give any unsold items to a local charity such as Goodwill. These leftover items may be of use to others and giving them away stops you from pushing them back into your garage. Thanks for reading!-Alan

Topics: garage sale, clean out your garage, Garage

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