August 5, 2019

Tips for a Successful Garage Sale

Garage Sale

Like most people, you probably have a lot of junk lying around your house. Do you really need those old Christmas gifts that never left the box, the weights from when you swore you were going to get into shape, or the shoes your teenager “literally needed” but never wore more than once? When it comes to items like these, you have a few options. Jonny On It has a variety of insured service professionals that make your junk removal process easy. Or, you can do it yourself by throwing a garage sale. Both are perfect solutions for getting rid of your old stuff.

If you are leaning more toward making a few extra bucks, here are some of our tips on how to plan a successful garage or yard sale this August.

The Month Before Your Garage Sale

Packing for Garage Sale

1. Gathering Your Items

As we all know, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Don’t be afraid to put something up for sale just because you don’t like it. Go through all of the storage spaces in your house – closets, cupboards, garages, and attics – and sort out anything you don’t use anymore. Some popular items include tools, furniture, and antique dishware. A good rule is that if you haven’t used it in the past six months, it is time to let it go.

2. Pick the Date

You don’t usually see garage sales on Wednesday afternoons, and for good reason. Yard sales usually do best on Saturdays and Sundays, so try to carve out a free weekend for your sale. It can also get quite hot in the summer, so keep in mind that mornings might make your sale cooler and more comfortable.

3. Look Into Permits

Depending on the city you live in, you might have certain requirements or necessary permits to host a garage sale. This is especially important if you’re having a garage sale over multiple days or weekends. Every city is different and many have restrictions on sign, size, and placement. Check on your local ordinances before deciding on your date.

4. Advertise

Our general rule: keep it simple. You can’t go wrong with a couple of yard signs and shiny balloons scattered around the neighborhood. If you really want to get noticed, consider posting it on NextDoor or a similar app. And don’t forget about one of the most powerful marketing tools: cial media. Post on all of your socials so your friends and family hear about your upcoming sale.

The Week Before Your Garage Sale

Making Change

1. Gather Your Supplies

Your setup doesn’t need to be super complicated. Grab any patio tables/chairs you have to showcase your more fragile items, no need to rent or buy tables! You can put the rest of your stuff into big boxes or even lay blankets on your yard. Additionally, you might want to invest in a cash box to keep your money locked up and safe. 

2. Get Change

Odds are, your buyers are not going to have exact change. Stop by the bank sometime in the week before and stock up on small bills and coins so you’re ready for any size bill handed to you. You can also accept payment via a mobile payment service like Venmo, PayPal, or Zelle. This will make things hassle-free for both you and your customers! 

3. Price Your Items

Remember, this is a yard sale. Try not to attach sentimental value to your items and keep your prices low. Our insider tip: price your items individually. Things get shuffled around during a garage sale, so pricing items by location can get messy. Also, consider buying stickers or blank labels so you can price your items easily. If you’re on a budget, masking tape and permanent markers do the job just fine.

4. Sort Items

Group your items by price or item qualities. For instance, put all your clothes together or your books with your CDs. You might consider using masking tape to separate different types of items on your tables. This will make set up a lot easier the day of, and your shoppers will be very grateful.

The Day of Your Garage Sale

Boxed Garage Sale Items

1. Set Up Your Space

Give yourself plenty of time to set up and get comfortable with the layout. Ensure that you have a nice shady spot for the sale. It’s going to be a long day!

2. Prepare to Negotiate

Be prepared for people trying to negotiate with you on prices. Go in with an open mind, but don’t be afraid to say no if you think your item is worth more than what they’re offering.

3. Lock Up

This may seem like a no-brainer, but safety is always a priority. There’s going to be lots of people around your house, so make sure your home is locked. Keep a pitcher of water out in case anyone needs it, and make sure you know where the nearest public restroom is.

4. Donate Leftovers

You’re bound to have items left over after your garage sale, you have a couple of options. One option is to use your app to have Jonny On It haul it away. Option two, selling your items online. Craigslist, eBay, and Poshmark are some websites where you can list your gently used items. The third option is leaving your stuff on the curb for anyone to pick up. Keep in mind that if no one takes it, it is still your responsibility to dispose of the item. Lastly, consider giving your leftover items to a charitable organization like the Salvation Army or Goodwill. Not only are you getting rid of your junk, but you’re also giving to a good cause!

5. Pat Yourself on the Back

Now that your sale is over, enjoy your newly cleared space and that extra cash!

Holding a garage sale is a big undertaking, but with these tips, it can be a lot more manageable. If you don’t have the time, consider using our home service provider app to make your decluttering process a breeze. Whether it’s helping you clear all the junk out of your house or hauling away all your leftover items that didn’t sell, Jonny On It is here to make your life easier. Not to mention, your yard is definitely going to need some TLC after having people walk on it all day. Let our vetted vendors make your yard sale stress-free.

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