Hello fellow garage sale hunters! I regret to inform you that I’ll be taking the month of October off from blogging. I’ve had a great deal of projects come up – including some rather large collections I intend to sort, research and resell – and unfortunately will not be able to maintain my weekly postings. I recommend that you take this time to put together one last garage sale for the season! October is a great month to clean out your summer clothes and items and get them sold before it’s too cold to showcase them in your driveway for a good price.
Pick a room in your house and go through every drawer and every closet. Make piles of items you don’t use, items that can be easily cleaned up or repaired and items you want to keep. After everything is cleaned out, only put away your pile of “keepers,” which will hopefully be the smallest pile! Remember, if you haven’t used or worn it in a month or two, it probably isn’t worth keeping.
After you’ve gone through every room in the house, take the time to tackle your repair pile. If it just needs a quick dusting or cleaning, it’s probably going to be worth your time to clean it up and get a bit more money for it. If you aren’t sure what something is worth, check the Internet; eBay can be a great pricing guide. Do remember, however, that you’re throwing a garage sale; you won’t necessarily be able to get the same prices you see listed on eBay. Your main goal is to get rid of things you don’t use or need, so use the prices you find as a general guide and make sure to offer a fair deal to your buyers. No one is going to buy a used item at full retail.
Don’t forget to advertise your sale. TagSellIt.com is a great platform to use to reach a wide range of shoppers. Be sure to mention your big ticket items to draw in a crowd. Make sure you put up large, brightly colored signs directing your shoppers to the sale. Be sure to include a date so no one is confused!
Finally, and perhaps most importantly, after you’ve spent the time preparing to be successful, have fun! Garage sales are a great way to meet people in your community. You can even recruit neighbors to add items and help out with the sale. The more the merrier!
Good luck and happy hunting!