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Old 06-17-2012, 07:11 AM   #1
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Hi. Maybe off topic question for here, BUT...

Were debating on whether to have a rummage sale or not. Have been doing some major cleaning and purging and have a decent size pile of stuff in our garage to either donate, or try a rummage.

I've never had a rummage and I dunno if I want to or not. SEEMS like a lot of work to set it all up, and then take down what doesn't sell... And we couldn't do it till mid July(our next available weekend), which isn't really rummage sale "season", and I wonder if we won't get much traffic since ppl might be burned out.
If I can make $100, id be happy. I just don't know if I will. Is it worth it? Have u all had successful garage sales? Any tips?

OR, isdonating just as goodand then use it as tax writeoff...

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Old 06-17-2012, 11:04 AM   #2
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Re: rummage sale question

I would have the garage sale & post signs around the neighborhood directing people to your house for the sale.

Also, about a week before your scheduled yard sale, post on Craigslist that you will be having a yard sale & list some of the items you'll be offering. I always find this helpful. You may even want to take a few photos of items you'll be selling to include with your Craigslist post.

Personally, I would not worry about placing prices on every item. In my experience, it's less work & it seems to work out better when a buyer offers you a price & you can agree on one.

I don't think yard sale season ends this month. I think any time during the summer is good.
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Old 06-17-2012, 11:34 AM   #3
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We made a good amount off of our yard sale the last week of June (2 years ago). We netted about $500 (but were moving, so selling a LOT of stuff, AND it was over 2 days). We just set up price "tables" where everything on table X was $1, table y was $0.50, etc. Only big items got price tags, and only if they were over $5. A lot of our big/nice stuff was gone the day before our garage sale even started (as we were clearing out the garage and people saw things they wanted and stopped to make offers). For the most part our motto was "it has to go, so make an offer." We gave lots of stuff away for free (3 ring binders, stuffed animals, random odds and ends). On Sunday afternoon, we were down to "if you want it, take it so we don't have to pack it." We sent a pick up truck worth of home repair supplies for $20 just to not have to take it back inside.

Even after all that,we packed my van full and gave the rest to goodwill. If your choices on stuff are sell it or donate it, it is easy to have a garage sale. Put it out for 1 day. Anything that doesn't sell gets loaded and taken for donations. You were going to donate it anyway, so you don't really lose anything by trying.
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Old 06-17-2012, 08:41 PM   #4
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The weird thing about garage sales is the day you start on. It used to be Fridays that you started it. Last year we did and got very little business. This year we did thursday and friday and between the 3 families we made $900. Over half was mine. The worst I've ever done is $100 in a day.
It may just be a local thing but it is worth concidering. We still have lots left over and more I've gone through that I hadn't had time to get through before the last sale and are planning another one next month. We take all the kids clothes to consignment and in october during a festival we actually take the leftovers to my SIL's house to see what else we can get rid of, then donate. I found that at her house my plus size clothes sell fast but where we live they don't go as fast. We will see how it goes.
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I've weighed the pros and cons in the past...If you keep good records of your donations and use something like turbo tax It's Deductible you might find that it's more beneficial to donate to your nearest charity that will give you a receipt and use the tax write off which is what we do. Plus, it's much simpler IMO
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Thursday is the new Friday for garage sales here! There are still a lot on Saturday, but most of the good stuff is gone by then b/c so many people start on Thursday. I don't know if that's true every where, though.
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Re: rummage sale question

July is totally yard sale season. Really, yard sale season is any time it's warm. Which means for us it started in darn near March this year. And, ultimately, there's no rule that says you HAVE to have a sale during "sale season." I have had sales in November before. Sure it's cold and you don't get your casual weekend window shoppers, but actually that can work out to be better because the people showing up are looking to buy.

Also, IMO, the fact that you aren't looking to make a ton of money is probably better for you. My best sale was a "throw it out on the lawn and see if it sells," deal. On Wednesday I decided I wanted to do a sale that weekend. I gathered as many tables as I could on Thursday and really did just throw a bunch of crap out on them. Clothes were all "fill a bag for a buck." That's the fastest way to get rid of clothes. Just make sure you have lots of bags. Everything else was on tables where the table itself was priced-Everything on this table is 25c, everything on this table 50c, that table is $1, etc. There was very little that I cared about price on so if someone offered me something else, I just took it. I only actually priced a small number of items, items that I wanted to keep. Since you are trying to decide whether to just give it away or to try to sell it, pricing everything really really low, taking all offers and sorting by price will get stuff going out the door. And whatever doesn't go can still be donated, but it is nice to get some money in the process and shrink the pile you have to haul away.
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Re: rummage sale question

Oh, also, around here, garage sale days are Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Sometimes Sunday, but Saturday and Sunday are usually best if they are "half price" days.
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