6 Tips to Plan a Garage Sale

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It’s that time of year again, the weather is finally starting to resemble something tolerable and spring cleaning begins. Whether you’re trying to declutter to sell your home, make room for new things, or just make some extra cash before that summer vacation, now is the perfect time to start planning a garage sale. Here are some tips to get you started and make sure your sale is a success:

  1. Pick a date – Figure out when is the best time to have your sale. A lot of people pick a date early in the month, closer to payday when people may have extra cash to spend. Consider avoiding any holidays or weekends when people may be busy with other activities like prom, Father’s Day, etc. Choose how long you want to have your sale – one day or an entire weekend, think about how much time you want to invest. Having a date in place can also help motivate you and give you a timeline to get everything ready.
  2. Check for permits – Many cities and towns require a permit to run a garage sale, some even restrict sales to certain days and times and regulate how you can advertise them. It’s best to check with your city’s website for ordinance and permit information.
  3. Organize, sort and put sale items aside – Now it is time to start sorting! Place everything you intend to sell in a separate area, garage, spare bedroom etc.
  4. Advertise – You can’t just depend on the curb signs to get people to your sale, and lots of towns only allow you to have signs up for a certain amount of time. Start advertising your sale online a week or two in advance. Craigslist, Facebook, TheOnlineYardSale.com and other sites are great places to spread the word about your sale and even share some pictures of items you’ll be selling.
  5. Be prepared before the sale – There are some items that are ‘must haves’ if you’re going to host a garage sale. Below is a checklist of items to make sure you have on hand the day of the sale:
    • Money organizer
    • Change/cash
    • Price stickers
    • Boxes/bags
    • Tables
    • Signs
    • Calculator
    • Batteries
    • Extension cords
  6. Donate leftovers – You will most likely have items remaining after your sale, considering donating to local charities, shelters and organizations.

Remember, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Happy garage sale!

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