The garage sale will be advertised
online (Craigslist, NextDoor) and in major newspapers including: The Argus, The Daily Review, Alameda
Times, Tri-Valley Herald, Oakland Tribune, San Mateo County Times, Times
Herald, and Marin Independent Journal.Tips on How to Have the Best Garage Sale Ever:
Setting Up Shop:
Organize your “stuff” by category (kitchen items, furniture, clothes, books, games, toys, and so on). To make the most money, you must have a good mix of merchandise that appeals to both men and women.
Surface space is key. Do you have a picnic table, lightweight folding tables or card tables to display your items? A piece of wood resting on two saw horses or upside-down garage cans, works in a pinch.
Display more valuable items near you and your cash box. Have an adequate supply of $1, $5, and $10 bills on hand so you can make change. Stop at the bank before your sale, but remember to repay yourself before adding up your profit.
What’s It Worth?
A good rule of thumb is “What would you pay for it at someone else’s sale?” People are looking for bargains. Expect to sell things cheap! Visiting other sales is a good way of finding out the going prices in your area.
When labeling and pricing larger items, include the name of the article on the label so that no one can “rearrange” prices.
If it’s a multi-family sale, assign different colored self-stick labels for each sellers merchandise. When someone pays for an item, remove its sticker and put it on a tally sheet to make payoff at days end easier.
Set up a “free merchandise” table or box. Kids love it, and you’ll get rid of odds and ends.
This is certainly your best and most sensible policy, unless you know the buyer. Checks can bounce even when you have sufficient identification. Putting an item on hold is often more worthwhile than taking a personal check. But write down the names & phone numbers of other interested buyers in case the person fails to return the cash.
A friendly, welcoming attitude will encourage sales. If you are prepared to barter, let that be known. Offering coffee or a cold drink may encourage buyers to browse longer and spend more money.
Take the time to wash or clean up sale items. A clean lamp will sell faster than one that is dirty or dusty. Ditto for clothing, be sure each item is cleaned and if necessary, ironed.
If you’re selling working appliances or electrical games, have extension cords as well as batteries available for demonstration purposes. Packing supplies (bags, boxes, newspaper for breakables, twine for tying) will make it easy for someone to buy more than can be carried in one hand.