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