Let’s Make Some Money: Having a Garage Sale

Posted 06-15-2010 at 03:08 PM by MyFrugalFunLife

If you’re like many people your house is full of clutter that seems to breed while you’re not looking! Having a garage sale is a fantastic way to get rid of your unwanted clutter and to make some extra money in the process! Here’s some tips to having a successful garage sale:

Advertise: You can make your own signs from poster board or buy pre-made signs. Adding balloons to your signs is a great way to catch people’s eye and to also show that your sign is a current one and not an old sign from a previous sale.

You can also place a free ad on CraigsList.org or pay a small fee and place an ad in your local paper. And if your grocery store has a free community bulletin board make sure to put your garage sale info on it!

Price Items to Sell: garage sale shoppers have one thing on their minds-getting a bargain. Overpricing your items is a certain way for you to have an unsuccessful sale. This is especially true with items that have sentimental value to you-that sleeper might have been the one your baby wore home from the hospital but to everyone else it’s a used piece of clothing that every other garage sale is also going to be selling.  Being realistic about pricing will allow you to move your stuff and still make a nice profit.

Set Up: Put bigger items like furniture and children gear close to the road-these types of things get peoples attention. Have a hanging rack for nicer clothes, costumes, coats etc. I take the bar from my coat closet and put it in between two ladders-a simple and effective way to hang clothes :) If possible use long banquet tables to set your items on. Ask friends and family members if they have any that you can borrow. Otherwise, card tables, upside down bins, and saw horses with plywood can act as tables. Make sure you have plenty of walking room in between your tables-spread things out as much as possible so several people can shop at the same time without getting in each others way. Also make sure to have a designated area where people can set their items down and pay.

Running the Sale: People shop more in the morning so try to have your sale set up and open by 8 or 8:30am. Make sure you have enough change and bags. And having a friend do it with you gives you another set of hands for bathroom breaks, busy times, and lunch time.

Take Down: Most sales close down by 4 or 5pm and two hours before I close mine down I put out a sign that says ‘fill a bag for $3′-this gets rids of some of the left over items and makes less work when I’m cleaning up.

After you’ve ended your sale make sure to pull your signs (save them for your next sale). You can either box your items up to donate to charity or save it for the next time you want to do a sale.

Other Tips:
- I add things to my garage sale ‘pile’ year round and as I add items to this pile I price them. It only takes a second to place a tag on the item as you’re putting it aside, instead of pulling it all out the day before the sale and trying to mark everything.
- If you live in an apartment or rural area try and find a friend or family member that lives in a  heavy traffic area and suggest doing a sale together.

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3 Responses to “Let’s Make Some Money: Having a Garage Sale”

  1. Computermama on June 16th, 2010 1:49 pm


    This was very timely! I’m having my first Garage sale in ages this Saturday.

  2. baby cloth diapers on June 18th, 2010 12:23 pm


    I really liked your blog.

  3. ommelissa on June 18th, 2010 4:58 pm


    I had a sale a few weeks ago and it was a big success! The best part? My 7 and 5 yo set up a lemonade stand and made $21! They were natural salesmen…so cute! And they were able to buy their own blow up pool for the back yard with money left over for ice cream.

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