There are approximately 165,000 garage sales in the U.S. each week, which increase in popularity during warmer summer months.
Garage sales provide a way for homeowners to declutter their homes, while also making money. However, they take proper planning and organization to run smoothly.
Read these tips to ensure organized planning and how self-storage units can help you enable garage sale success.
Avoid last-minute chaos by planning ahead for your garage sale. Organize the details of your sale at least a month in advance, and follow these steps for selecting an optimal date and preparing items for selling:
- Pick a date. Shoppers are most likely to shop on Thursday - Sunday if it’s not a holiday weekend (e.g. Memorial Day or the Fourth of July).
- Pick a time. Most shoppers will browse between 6:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.
- Collect inventory. Sort through items you no longer use or need, such as old toys, clothing, books and appliances.
- Price items appropriately. Browse online garage sale listings and avoid overpricing to avoid making your items unattractive to people.
- Verify restrictions. Some cities may require a selling permit or signage laws you must abide by. Check your city website for a full list of required permits and garage sale stipulations.
- Promote your garage sale at least several days prior, and share details in listings and ads. Hang posters around the neighborhood or post via social media sites, such as Facebook or Twitter, and free listing sites, such as Craigslist or gslr.com. Posters are most effective when placed at busy intersections or on streets close to your home with clear and concise messaging.
Additionally, homeowners should plan ahead for the actual garage sale date by considering the following:
- Set up early. Allot yourself enough time to arrange items (one hour or more) on tables.
- Offer refreshments. Consider offering bottled water or other refreshments to customers while they shop, especially on warmer days.
- Be friendly. Position yourself where you can kindly greet guests as they arrive.
- Secure your home. Lock entry points to your home if all items are showcased outdoors. If showcasing larger items indoors, post a sign to indicate no public restrooms.
- Display your best items in front. Place your most attractive items, or a box of free items, in a visible spot to attract shoppers.
Garage sales are a great way to reduce clutter and cash out on items you no longer use. To reduce clutter and make room for your sale in your garage and yard, consider storing items you do not wish to sell in a self-storage unit. Some items to stow away include:
- Gardening equipment.
- Lawn mower.
- Sports equipment.
- Tool boxes.
Utilizing a self-storage unit for not-for-sale items will eliminate confusion and guarantee safety of your belongings.
Homeowners should have a plan for items that are left unsold to avoid bringing them back into the house. Consider taking the following actions to clear out unsold items:
- Donate leftover items to charity.
- Promote an end-of-day sale to encourage last minute transactions.
- List larger ticket items online for profit.
- Utilize a self-storage unit for items to be sold at future garage sales.
Those looking to plan garage sales can benefit from storing big ticket items in a self-storage unit. Units range in size to accommodate your items and decrease clutter in your home. Consider a self-storage service that offers climate-control units for items (e.g. furniture or clothing) that can be easily damaged in a basement flood or hot attic.
How will you ensure a profitable garage sale this summer? Share in the comment section below!
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