If you missed Garage Sale: Part 1 — Prepping Tips, you can read it here.
Now that we are all set to hold the garage sale, it’s time to actually have it. Here are some things to keep in mind.
Selling tips for your garage sale:
A group sale is better — get the whole family involved. I mean more than just your household — get your family and friends to bring their stuff over and join you. You could even talk to your neighbors and see if they are willing to have a garage sale on the same day. The more stuff you have for sale the more people are willing to come by. The more people = the more stuff you sale!
Price things clearly and carefully — Be sure that your prices are clear. A decimal point can make a world of difference. If you are using tags or stickers, be sure that you are sticking the correct prices on the correct item to avoid any confusion.
Label things —label your items for sale so if any customers have questions about it, there won’t be a struggle as they try to describe the item to you.
Be prepared to go — most people hold garage sales on weekday mornings to avoid as much heat as possible. If you are doing the same, be sure that you have everything ready to be set up the night before. Setting up quickly and easily will make the rest of the day go by smoother as well.
Be friendly — greet your customers and answer any questions they may have. The friendlier you are, the more likely they are to buy.
Be flexible — and willing to bargain. Just because you have put a price tag on an item doesn’t mean you shouldn’t allow the customer to haggle a little. If they can provide a good reason or good price, hear them out and offer a counteroffer. It is better for a customer to walk away with multiple items than just one. Don’t try to get as much money as you can out of each item. Price things reasonably so that customers won’t be able to say no. Like I said last week, make it an irresistible deal!
Keep your money with you — keep your money with you at all times. Not only is this a safety measure, this way you won’t be caught off guard nor will you have to run back and forth to get change for the customers.
Hopefully these tips will help you prepare for a garage sale this spring (and put a little extra cash in your wallet).
Do you have more tips that you would add to this list? Share them in the comments.