How to Hold a Great Garage Sale

September 5, 2012

Garage Sales are brilliant for so many reasons.  You get to meet your neighbours, hang out with your friends, feel like a part of a community, get rid of all the things you don’t want, and make some quick cash.  It takes a little organising, but is totally worth it.  Here are our tips for a successful and stress free garage sale:

  • Find a house with a large front yard, preferably on a busy street
  • Choose a date when something else is on in the area, guaranteeing lots of foot traffic (a local organic market and a vintage fair were both within walking distance of our house on our garage sale day)
  • Get friends and anyone else you know to collect/donate things they no longer want
  • Sort things into kitchen stuff, stationary, tools, games, books, clothing, sewing things, fabric etc
  • Make ALL the ice cream
  • Get a talented friend to paint you some signs for the day.  The bigger the better.  If you can hang them from your front porch so that they can be seen from a distance, awesome
  • Make signs to hang up in your neighbourhood promoting the event (make sure you put a date on them)
  • Organise fold out tables and clothing racks
  • Get a float ($50 in gold coins and small notes should be enough)
  • Find a bright, easy to spot tin to keep your float and all your takings in
  • Invite all your friends so you have company on the day
  • Make sure you have a comfy couch to sit on, and music to play
  • Don’t forget to think about food – you’ll be there all day and it’s hard work (make sure breakfast and lunch are available)
  • On the day, set up tables and shelves to display all your wares on
  • Put all the tech-y stuff and tools where guys can see it all – seriously (they will be way happier stopping with their partner/family if they think there is something they will want to buy, too)
  • Make big jugs of iced tea
  • Have a big sign listing your ice cream flavours
  • Offer ice cream to everyone who stops by
  • But most importantly… for optimum decluttering and altruism… sell everything for $1 – it doesn’t matter how much it is worth, or how much it cost you – you’re getting rid of this stuff because you no longer want it.

A $1 garage sale is a stress free garage sale – no need to deliberate over how much you should sell things for, no constant questions about ‘what’s this worth?’ or ‘what’s that worth?’, no haggling or bargaining.  What you see is what you get, and everything is $1.

Even the ice cream :)

(All credit for the idea of a $1 garage sale goes to my wonderful housemate/partner in crime Beth Allen.  She is a genius.  The end.)

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4 Responses to “How to Hold a Great Garage Sale”

  1. Stitchybritt Says:

    There I am! Wheee! It was a really good garage sale, totally inspired ours.

  2. Jenn Says:

    Took me a while to get this up, but it’s garage sale season again! Your garage sale was wonderful – beer and flying cats!


  3. Jenn this is gold! I love it. Do you mind if I put a link to it on my bloggy blog? x Linda


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