Have A Garage Sale Before You Move
• Find out if your neighborhood requires a permit or has any restrictions regarding yard sales.
• Plan to sell anything you have not used for a while or that you may never use again.
• Always choose the most popular days to have a sale…Thursdays through Saturdays and never on a holiday weekend.
• Advertise in your local newspaper.
• Include friends and neighbors to join in with you.
• Be sure to price everything. Depending on the item’s condition, normal pricing is 10-50% of item’s original value.
• Permanent markers and removable adhesive labels work best for pricing, but also check in the print stores, sometimes they sell “pre-printed” labels in various denominations specifically designed for yard sales.
• If you price items in increments of 25 cents, it will be easier when making change.
• Make legible, bold signs, at least 24” x 24”, for permissible street corners.
• Using colorful balloons and arrows on your signs pointing to your sale are very helpful.
Setting Up Your Area:
• Your area should look neat and inviting.
• Clean dirty items…they’ll bring a better price.
• Display your items in categories. Place kitchen items together, clothing together, books and games together, etc.
• Keep expensive and smaller items close to you in view.
• Be sure to have an electrical outlet for customers to test your appliances for sale.
• Make sure you cover or remove items you don’t wish to sell if they are in your yard or garage.
On the Day of Your Sale:
• Have at least $20.00 worth of change and $1 bills.
• Wear a fanny pack or carpenter’s apron to keep your money.
• Best to only accept cash unless you know the person.
• Have plenty of bags available, plus old newspapers for packing breakable items.
• Use caution when allowing strangers into your house.
• Post a sign “All Sales Are Final” to avoid problems after your sale.
List of “Best Things to Sell” in a Garage/Yard Sale
• Toys, Books, Games
• Children’s clothing and furniture
• Small electronic appliances
• Sporting and camping gear
• All items a student may need when going off to college
• Costume jewelry
• Tools and yard equipment
• Antiques & Collectibles (are you sure you want to sell these???)