Checklist for Successful Garage Sale
Your Items Appropriately
Be realistic when pricing your items. Check out other
garage sales to get a feel for prices. As a general rule
of thumb, start pricing at 30% of retail, but be prepare
to discount prices -- if you really want to get rid of
all items with self-adhesive price tags. Use different color labels
for each family, or highlight with a color marker, if more than
one family is involved in the sale. For joint sales, keep a log
of all items sold, according to your color codes.
prepared to bargain with your customers or reduce the
price, if you really want to get rid of your items.
Up Your Items For Display
Make sure that all items are clean and in good shape.
display tables for easy access and viewing. Make it attractive.
similar items together in one area. Make it interesting.
off an area or put up a "Not for Sale" sign for those
things you want to keep.
up clothes in a temporary rack and sort by size.
an electrical outlet, if necessary, for customers to test
appliances and electrical tools.
books, CD's, videos, and record albums with spine up for
up a "freebies" box for items you wish to give away.
to Generate Sales
people who come to your garage sale and engage them in
shoppers to return during a two day sale. Post signs to
say that new items will be added daily or that prices
will be reduced on the second day.
a silent auction on expensive items. Ask customers to
submit bids along with their name and phone numbers. Put
in a reserve bid, if you wish.
on Sale Day
On sale day, put up signs at strategic locations to direct
customers to your sale. Tie colored balloons or ribbons
to attract attention. However, be aware of local bylaws
regarding postings on public property.
your kids. Let them set up their own table for their personal
your family or friends to help with the sale, collect
cash, or just to give you a break.
plenty of change on hand for sale day. Most people come
with $5, $10, and $20 bills.
a calculator on hand to total up purchases.
grocery bags and newspapers on hand, in case you need
all -- have fun!!!
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