Garage Sale Season is upon us, will you be ready in time?

April 6, 2009 · Filed Under Home Organization Ideas, House Cleaning Ideas · Comments Off on Garage Sale Season is upon us, will you be ready in time? 

garage-sale-buttonWhen spring time hits people decide to do spring cleaning around their homes. Spring cleaning inside and out is a great way to spruce up your home, make room for the new by getting rid of the old, and rearranging things so it looks better.

One way to get rid of things that you don’t need or want is to have a garage sale. You’ve heard the old saying, “one man’s junk, is another man’s treasure”…and it is such a true statement. You’d be amazed at the things people look for and want. Some people shop garage sales to find things that are worth a lot of money that people are selling for cheap because they don’t know the value. While other people shop garage sales looking for items in good condition that they can sell on Ebay.

Some people decide they will never have garage sale because they are just too much work, while others don’t want to have one because they think nobody will buy from them. There are a few things you can do to make sure you have a successful garage sale. These things are easy to do and could turn out to be the best things you ever did.

Here are some organizing tips that will help you prepare for your garage sale.

The first thing you need to do to prepare yourself for a garage sale is to find items that you want to include. To do this, you need to go through your house and look for things that you don’t need or want anymore. Go through each room in your home when you do this. These items can include clothing, figurines, pictures, and toys.

Once you find these items, you will want to put them into categories. You will have categories like bathroom, kitchen, kids, and other. Once you have your items in categories, you are ready to put prices on your items. You need to remember that these items are used and people will not be willing to pay a lot of money for these items. Prices should range from $0.25 to $5 or so. If your items are brand new with the tags on them, you could ask for a little more, but make sure you keep the tag on it so they know it’s still brand new.

Once you have this all done, you are ready to schedule a date for your garage sale. Most times they are done on a Saturday and Sunday, but every once in a while you will see one on Friday. Now people are starting to go with Saturday only. Really this is up to you and how much time you want to invest in it.

You also need to advertise your garage sale. You can make flyers and post them or put an ad in the newspaper, Thrifty Nickel, or Quick Quarter. If you use the flyers make sure you follow the laws in your community.

On the day of your garage sale you will need to get up early so you can have everything ready to go. You will always have early bird buyers so you will want to be ready no later than 8 am or so. You will also want to have enough change so you won’t have to go to the bank or try to go to stores to get more. I recommend $10 in quarters and $40 in ones at the least.

If you want to keep track of what you sell, you can do this in a couple of ways. You can use a paper and write it all down or you can use stickers on each item and put them on a paper that you can add to a spreadsheet later.

So there you have it. Everything you need to do to have an organized garage sale. Now is the time to do some spring cleaning and have a garage sale. Good luck!

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