How to organize a successful garage sale

If you took advantage of the time at home that COVID 19 gave you to organize and separate the things you no longer want, a garage sale can be the perfect way to turn those things into money.  

Garage sales are a win-win for people who want to declutter their homes and for those looking to buy treasures at very low prices.  But as simple as it may sound, these sales need to be carefully organized to be successful. 

These are the steps you should follow to achieve it:

1. Choose the right date

Choosing the right day is probably the most important thing of all. If the chosen date is not carefully thought out, no one will come. A summer day at noon, a weekday in the early morning, or Super Bowl Sunday are days when most probably no one will show up.

2. Check the weather forecast.

A very hot day, a very cold day, and especially a rainy day are things you want to avoid. Choose the date (or time) of your sale taking this into account.

3. Advertise your sale

You may have the best things to sell but if no one knows about it you’ll never have buyers for them. You can go the traditional route and put a small advertisement in the local and daily newspapers in your area, you can post some signs in your own front yard, but nowadays the most efficient publicity is probably online advertising.

4. Picking and pricing your inventory

All these things are important to have a successful garage sale, but it really all comes down to selling interesting things. Be careful to choose items that are in good condition and give them prices that will be attractive to possible buyers. Remember people who attend these sales are looking to pay a lot less than they would pay regularly or online.

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