The garage is one, if not the most spacious area you have in your residence. Whether you use it as an extended office or to park your car in, it’s an extremely versatile space where you can be productive.
One of our most favorite ways to utilize our garage is by throwing a garage sale. There’s something incredibly rewarding about letting go of old stuff, letting people find a bargain and earning extra bucks while you’re at it. Now that it’s the holidays, there couldn’t be a better time to hold one!
Is it your first time? Don’t fret. Below are the best tips to hold a holiday garage sale.
- Know the neighborhood rules
Before you start selling anything, it’s important that you ask your local municipality what the rules are. Some wouldn’t allow a certain day or frequency of the sale. Others may require extra permits or fees. However, some are a lot less strict. Your safest bet is to always ask before organizing anything. You wouldn’t want to exert all that effort only to find out you’re about to get in trouble with authorities, right?
- Collect and organize everything you want to sell
You want to make the most of this sale and to provide everyone enough variety of items they will enjoy. That’s why be sure to have ample time collecting and organizing everything you want to sell. From pre-loved clothes and old furniture to other knick-knacks, get everything out. Don’t forget to clean them so they look brand new. Dust away anything that may have sat on the attic for far too long too. It’s best to make your stuff as attractive as possible.
If the whole family is getting in on the action, be sure to dedicate a day or two for everyone to bring out what they intend to sell. This way, no stone is left unturned.
- Let people know
One of the most exciting things you can do other than the sale itself is spreading the word about it. You can print out flyers and have your kids help you put it up throughout the neighborhood. You can even create a social media post about it like a Facebook Event Page so you can invite more people easily.
It’s always about getting the word out. Your goal is to have a busy, productive day of people coming in and out of your garage. You want to make the most of out your time. Oh and don’t forget to create a little map for everyone not to get lost.
- Enlist helpers
Whether it’s your spouse, a brother or your children, it’s always great to have extra hands when you’re trying to run a garage sale. Remember, there will be a lot of items you must keep an eye out for. Moreover, you wouldn’t want your customers thinking no one is there to answer their queries or address their concerns.
Make it more fun for your kids by offering them a reward for helping you out. Not only will they feel motivated. It will be a wonderful time for you to bond with each other.
- Layout, layout, layout
Just because you’re holding a garage sale doesn’t you mean you can just display everything out on a whim and let your customers have at it. It’s crucial for you to consider the layout of your sale. Otherwise, plenty would be discouraged to even approach your garage simply because it looks like a massive pile of mess.
Sort out your clothes by using hangers and if you can organize them by size, do it. Display hot items to lure people on the front. This way, people who are driving by can easily see what you are selling. Make it easy for people to see the shoes by lining them up. The same goes for when you organize your books for a garage sale. The bottom line is to keep everything neat, organized and inviting.
It’s best to make your garage sale inviting to the eye. No matter how many nifty items you have on sale if they’re not organized well, then you won’t make enough.
- Create an ambiance
Don’t think that just because you’re throwing a sale in your garage doesn’t mean you can’t set the mood right for your customers. In fact, we highly recommend creating an ambiance that will motivate your clients to look around and eventually buy.
Select the right kind of music. Have a lemonade stand ready by the side and design the space to be more appealing. You’d be surprised how much this adds to the overall pleasant experience you can provide your customers with.