To me, today, Memorial Day, marks the unofficial beginning of summer. Summer means grilling, mowing the lawn, swimming, and garage sales. I thought today was the perfect day to share this article I read in the May issue of Better Homes and Gardens. BHG shared 20 tips to have the best garage sale.
1. Pick the right date.
2. Shop your house for items to sell.
4. Arrange like items together.
5. Price everything with tags or marked painters tape to avoid residue.
6. Keep a tape measure, yardstick, calculator, batteries and an extension cord handy.
7. Make your signs bold and easy to read.
8. Post fliers at local shops and have directional arrows on signs.
9. Advertise multiple ways
10. Have a friend help you host.
11. Have grocery bags and boxes to make carrying easier on buyers.
12. Have plenty of small bills and change.
13. Fill a $1 box near the checkout. Also have a ‘Free with Purchase” box of little items for shoppers to choose from.
14. Place large, eye-catching items close to the road.
15. Group similar items together as department stores do.
16. Hang clothes to show them off.
17. Cover tables in colorful plastic tablecloths.
18. Display jewelry on a fabric covered board.
19. Place baby clothes and toys at the back to make shoppers travel through everything.
20. Use vertical space to show items off. Stack smaller pieces on covered boxes.
It’s not rocket science, but there are several ideas to take away to make your next garage sale a screaming success.
Do you have special tricks or tips to make a garage sale even better? What do you call it? A yard sale? Garage sale? Rummage sale? Have you ever hosted a sale? Surprisingly, I haven’t. I’m too lazy, so I donate most things or give unwanted items to friends and family.