If you have decided to organize a quick garage sale, you are probably having hiccups already. You are a little confused and nervous as well because you haven’t done it before. This is your first time leaving your old house and moving into a new property. You don’t know where to begin, let alone make this pre-move garage sale profitable. But we’re here to help you out.
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The following section talks about a few very easy tips that are going to make your garage sale a big success. Let’s see what they are:
Sort Out All Your Stuff
You will first begin by decluttering your house. You will have to sort out all the stuff that you want to give away as charity and the things that you will sell at your garage sale. You might also come across a few things that you can put to reuse. Once you are certain about the items that you want to sell, grab a box and put them inside it.
Make A List Of Your Inventory
Now that you have segregated all the items that you want to put up for your garage sale, it is time to make an inventory of all the offerings. This is going to help you stay organized and get things rolling in the right direction. You can organize the items based on categories such as home use, office use, electronics, kids’ toys, kitchen appliances, utensils, and the like. You can also set up different tables for displaying these items separately.
Set A Date And Time
You must decide upon a date and time. Make sure that you set up your garage sale on a weekend, especially a Saturday because this is when people are looking for thrifty places to shop. This is exactly the opportunity that can make your garage sale a big hit. Be sure to check with your local authorities about any rules and regulations regarding any such sales before you put out a sign. Ask around among your neighbors whether they have carried out a garage sale in the past or not and how they made it successful if they did. Come up with a date and time that is suitable for most of your friends and neighbors. You can also organize a lemonade stand which might just encourage them to make a purchase with you after all.
Invite Your Friends And Neighbors
If you haven’t had any experience in organizing a garage sale in the past, you can always ask your friends and neighbors for help. Not just this, they can also lift your heavy furniture pieces around to make space for the lemonade stand. If you have any electronic items that you want to sell off, they can probably help you decide on a spot for the same. You can get more customers through their networks and common friends that they might have across the city. It is always a fun idea to invite as many people as you can. You will be surprised by the overwhelming response you receive for your pre-move garage sale.
Advertise Your Garage Sale
Have you ever thought about advertising for this little event on your social media channels such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter? If you haven’t done that, maybe it is time to do it right now. You can also place an ad in the local newspaper to build a little excited about it. You can promote your sale on WhatsApp and text messages as well. Do not forget to send out emails to your colleagues and associates at work. Ask them to forward these to their friends and anyone who is looking to shop for any vintage or affordable pieces. This is definitely going to get you more buyers for your used items.
Come Up With Attractive Signages
When talking about advertising and promoting your garage sale, how can you forget the impact of attractive signages? You can create cute signs at home using a few cardboard pieces and wooden placards. You can paint them yourself with big black bold letters and place the signs in front of your house. Do not forget to decorate them with colorful accessories and tiny handicrafts. Make sure that the sign is either bright yellow or green or orange and the font is dark in color so that it is visible even from a distance. You can also tie a soft toy at the base of the signage right on the ground to attract your neighbors.
If you are putting up a sign throughout your neighborhood or maybe a little further down the block, do not forget to scribble down your address and phone number. Paint the time and date of the garage sale as well.
Make Your Sale Happening
What is the best way to make your garage sale peppy and happening on the big day? You can invest in a cloth rack, for example, for all your old jackets, raincoats, sweatshirts, and other apparel that you want to get rid of. You can also buy a plastic shelf for all the small accessories and jewelry pieces that you own. Make sure to put out a Bluetooth speaker attached to your smartphone. Create a fun and welcoming playlist for your visitors. Make sure that you have some of the electronic items playing already such as your computer monitors or television screens that you want to sell-off. Ensure that there are extension cords and sockets nearby for anyone to test any of the electronics that they spot in your garage sale.
Keep Everything Affordable
Remember, you are not here to do business. You must keep all the items affordable. This is a practical way to make your pre-move garage sale a big hit among your neighbors. Price the items reasonably because they are after all used.
What About The Payments?
Create an account on a digital payment platform. Use Google Pay, Apple Pay, Samsung Pay, or any other payment method that might be common among your friends and neighbors. Be more willing to accept cash, cheques, and other modes of online payments. This will help you speed up the sale of all your items.
You have done it! You have made your pre-move garage sale a huge success. Now you are officially prepared to make this move. Have a happy journey!
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