You better believe it, but garage sales and other forms of outdoor selling are not going out of style.
Garage sales are an opportunity to understand some of life’s most basic skills. The first one being setting goals. Before gathering any items to place on sale, think about the needs and demands of your buyers. The main consumers will be neighbors and local members of the town. You know your neighbors, so think about what they might need. You also know the current demands because you live in this area. That’s one great advantage of selling in your own community. There’s room to meet the needs of yourself and others.
The next key thing is planning. Any successful sale will require lots of thought and preparation. You can’t just grab any items and have a free-for-all. That won’t benefit anyone. If you start randomly selecting items to sell, you will end up selling items you still want. The best way to pick out the best items to sell, is to carefully check each room individually.
When sorting out your items, keeping three piles would be really helpful! A pile for keeps, maybes, and flat right no’s. But the key to this is sitting on the piles for a night or two. Before getting rid of any items, you should be absolutely certain of what you want to eliminate.
After you’ve secured the items to sell, and items to keep, you’re ready to start with preparation and presentation. When selecting a date, be sure to select two, or maybe even three. Every season poses weather delays, so you should always be sure to account for those. But if you’re looking for the best time, fall and spring are great options. The better the weather, the more business you’ll get!
Also, be sure the check the regulations of your area. It’s likely you can have a garage sale, but every state, every city, and every town is different. Just take the necessary measures to insure it’s permitted.
Once you lock in the dates, and figure out permits, start advertising and making them known. Post flyers and reach out do different local groups letting them know of the date. You can’t have any success without people buying your items.
Next, thing long and hard about your presentation. Are you going to be completely outside? How will you divide the different items? Who is going to manage the different areas? Your items will need to be strategically placed, clothing, house hold items, and other miscellaneous things. People love to shop when things are organized. No one likes a chaotic sale.