Determine if a garage sale is right for you
If you only have one or two items, it probably is not worth the time to have a large yard sale. Most successful yard sales have a variety of items available. If you have a few items to sell, but not enough to justify a yard sale, consider selling your goods online or in classifieds.
Find items for your yard sale
Go through your home and gather items to sell. Sometimes, it can be hard to see the value in your old items, and you may be tempted to trash items that you could potentially sell. Remember: even if you think something is junk, someone else may be looking for that exact thing. Broken electronics can be used for parts, torn clothes mended, and incomplete sets completed.
Some ideas for things to sell at your garage sale:
- Clothes you no longer wear
- Old CDs, video games, and books
- Home decoration
- Kitchen supplies
- Sporting goods
Advertise your yard sale
Put signs up around your neighborhood and at local stores. Also ask your job, church groups, or other associations if and how you can advertise your sale.
On your signs and flyers, give a specific date and time—and stick to it! Early birds may show up hours ahead of time to get the best selection, but don’t budge. Sales usually last until the seller decides to pack up, so you may not need to note an ending time for your sale.
Along with your address, give basic directions. If you are putting signs up in your neighborhood, you can draw arrows pointing towards your house. This will help passers-by who are not familiar with the area.
Choose appropriate prices
Determining the prices of the items you’re selling is up to you. Some ideas for pricing include:
- Package deals: For example, you can sell 3 CDs for 10 dollars or one CD for 4 dollars.
- Price areas: All items on a certain table or rack sell for the same dollar amount.
- Bargaining: Remember, garage sale buyers are used to bargaining, so be ready to cut some deals.
The day of the sale
If you’ve prepared, the day of the sale should be busy but not stressful. Never try to run a garage sale alone and have a secure way to handle the money.
At the end of the day, hopefully you’ve made some money of things you would have otherwised trashed. If there are leftover items, you can try to sell them online, dontate them to charity, or hire a junk hauler to remove them.