Now, what to sell. You may be
surprised that what you have no use for and in fact think is
junk, someone else is thrilled with. The following list will
give you some ideas of what you
appliances - large and small
books - paperback and hard cover
linens / bedding
flatware - silver and stainless steel
records / tapes
shoes / boots
kitchen utensils / gadgets
china / bric-a-brac
clothing, especially children's
pictures / frames
Now that you've decided when
your sale will be held and just what you're going to sell, the
following tips will help make your day a success:
Put a price tag on every item.
Mark your prices clearly. This makes it easier for a customer
to browse. Masking tape is excellent for price tags.
Make sure your merchandise is
very clean. Goods that are polished and in good condition will
sell faster than old dusty items.
Be ready to deal with customers
promptly at opening time. Have everything ready and be wearing
Be prepared to give your customers
change by having coins and small bills on hand.
Save your bags for a few weeks before your sale, so you can offer
your customers some wrapping for their purchases.
Be prepared to haggle with customers.
After your sale, if you should
have any leftovers, perhaps you would like to donate them to
a local charity. Or you can always save the leftovers for your
Garage sales are a lot of fun.
Plan yours properly and you'll be assured of a good time and
a successful sale.
-------- more tips and ideas
by Linda Mackay --------
1. Put a sign up about a week
before at a major crossroads intersection in your community.
Bargain hunters plan early in the week on where they will go.
Gives great exposure.
2. For linen, bundle up the
linen;ie.bath towels, hand towels etc that match. For bedroom
linen put the size on it; i.e. Queen. Put a ribbon around the
bundle to make it look attractive and to prevent people from
taking things apart.
3. If you have the time and
personal to help offer coffee and donuts (you charge of course)
to increase their browsing time.
4. Rent tables to make it easier
for people to view versus boxes on the floor that may be difficult
for older people to sort through.
5. Use your network of friends
and business associates by sending them an e-mail of your impending
sale. They will send it on to others as well who they may know
are interested in purchasing items at a reduced cost.
6. In addition to plastic bags,
get small boxes of various sizes to give to people who buy more
than two or three things. Makes it easier for them to continue
browsing if they know they have something that they can cart
their new purchases in.