Garage Sale Guide

By: Symone Grady

iStock-537726628.jpgDo you want to earn some extra cash while Spring cleaning? A good old fashioned garage sale could be your solution! Garage sales can be great for getting rid of things you no longer want, but if you don't do your research the money you pocket may not even be worth the effort! Checkout our garage sale guide to help you make your next garage sale a success!

Pricing Suggestions:

  • Hardcover books: $1 (paperbacks, two for $1)
  • CDs and DVDs: $1
  • Mainstream brand-name clothing: $5 to $15
  • T-shirts: two for $1
  • Shoes: $5 to $10
  • Costume jewelry: $1 (or $5 for a few items)
  • Coffee tables: $50 to $100
  • Dining chairs: $25 to $150 each
  • Dishes and glasses: $5 to $30 for an eight piece set
  • China: $1 to $10 a plate
  • Kitchen gadgets: $1 to $5
  • Lamps: $5 to $30
  • Mirrors and artwork: $1 to $10 (small); $30 to $100 (large)
  • Sofas: $150 to $300
  • Board games: $1 to $5
  • IKEA anything: 30 to 50 percent off the original price
Click here to download a more detailed pricing sheet from My Frugal Home.

Organization Tips:

  • Use signs! The best way to get people to your sale is with signs and arrows. They take time to prepare, place and pick up, but it is time well spent.
  • Group similar items together.
  • Use tables! Shoppers like things at eye level. Make sure most of your items are up and off the ground. The only exception to this rule is children’s toys. Place them at kids' eye and hand level.
  • If you do have to put some items on the ground, be sure to put a tarp down first. If you don't have a tarp, consider plastic painting sheets, blankets or bed sheets. 
  • Hang clothes using a clothing rack or horizontal ladder.
  • Avoid the question, "Does this still work?" by making sure all your electrical items are plugged into outlets so shoppers can test them out.
  • Designate a "Free Box."Fill a box with items you are willing to give away, like magazines or fabric scraps. Make a sign that says “Free.” Place this box in your yard or driveway where people driving by can see it to attract even more people.

General Garage Sale Tips:

  • Price everything before the sale starts.
  • Price your merchandise with neon-colored stickers, except for paper items the adhesive might damage. It makes the price easy to find -- and it's faster than tearing masking tape into squares.
  • Assume shoppers will haggle. On pricey pieces and large items such as furniture, build some negotiating room into your sticker price. Adding an additional 15 to 20 percent to your minimum gives you some room to lower the price.
  • Mark the price tags on pricey pieces as "Firm" if you're not willing to haggle at all.
  • If you are looking to attract even more customers don't forget to advertise your garage sale on social media or the local newspaper!
  • As a safety precaution, we encourage you never to let a customer you don't know in your home. Post a “No public restrooms” sign, lock your doors and windows and pull all shades and curtains.
  • Let shoppers shop in comfort. They will stay longer. Have easy listening music on in the background — songs people can sing along to — and if it's a hot day, have fans going and sell bottled water. Have something to do while people shop, like reading a magazine and manning the money. Greet people and be friendly, but don’t watch them shop.

If you have any more garage sale tips, comment below to share them with our community!

Sources: Real Simple, The Spruce, Angie's List

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