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Tips for a Successful Garage Sale

Michael Soatto

I have always loved helping people. I spent 15 years in customer service, sales, and public service before finding my true passion, real estate...

I have always loved helping people. I spent 15 years in customer service, sales, and public service before finding my true passion, real estate...

Feb 8 3 minutes read

Having a garage sale is a great way to purge clutter or downsize your home. Here are a few tips for a successful garage sale. 

  1. Go through your home room by room to find the items you no longer want, need, or use. Don’t forget to go through closets, attics, basements and your garage! 
  2. Gather supplies ahead of time. Tables, garment racks, price tags and signs are just a few things to think about. And remember to have change on hand the day of the sale to make change for customers who only have larger bills. 
  3. Check with your by-law office to see if a permit is required for your open house. You wouldn’t want to get a fine and be shut down after putting in a lot of hard work!
  4. Location is everything. If you don’t live in an area where you will get a lot of traffic consider having your sale at a friend or family members place where it will be more likely to get a larger crowd.
  5. Get your neighbours involved! Having a street or multi-family garage sale may help to drive more traffic down your street. 
  6. Pick a date and time. If you start early you will get a larger crowd; not everyone wants to garage sale in the middle of the day. 
  7. Use multiple methods to advertise your open house to capture as large of an audience as you can; remember that some people may only check Kijiji while others scour the newspaper.
  8. The morning of the sale give yourself an hour before the sale starts to set everything up. If you have the space you could even try prepping some tables/racks the night before and store in the garage overnight.
  9. Don’t forget to put out your garage sale signs. Make sure the writing is large enough for cars driving by to read. 
  10. When setting up your sale, organize like items together; clothes, toys, housewares, etc. If you have a lot of clothes to sell consider sorting them by mens/womens/kids. 
  11. You don’t want to seem pushy so let your customers come to you. Give them a quick ‘hello’ as they come up your driveway to make them feel comfortable but stay seated and leave them to browse. If they have a question, they’ll ask!
  12. You will likely have items leftover from your sale. Instead of packing them up and putting them back in the basement, consider donating them to a goodwill or thrift store. For large or bigger ticket items you can try selling them online on sites like Kijiji. 

Garage sales can be a lot of work but they can also be a great way to get rid of unwanted items while at the same time making you some cash!

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