|Rented child loading wagon|
Time to have a garage sale and clean out my basement and garage so I can make room for more stuff.
Here's my short list of how to best go about preparing for your next garage sale.
1. If you don't have one or more of your own, rent or borrow a small child who can do labor for you. Mine is 11 years old. She's my niece. She can't carry a lot, but she is really good at painting signs, cleaning, pricing, making displays, and counting money. Less work for me. Plus, she gets to sell stuff and make some money.
|Rented child merchandising her own products|
3. Pre-pricing. To price or not to price your items. My niece and I, we like to put price tags on things. What's a garage sale if you can't go to the drug store, buy some little stickers and adhere them to anything that's not tied down? Even so, when things are priced, people will still ask what you want for it. The lesson here: people want to haggle at garage sales. So even if you are pre-pricing, take that into consideration and give yourself some room to negotiate. People are always happier if they feel like they're gettin' a deal. I know I am.
5. Don't forget to have some change on hand. You want to be able to take people's cash immediately and give them change back if necessary.
6. Relax. Having a garage sale--much like going to them--is an opportunity to connect with fellow pickers. Maybe stock a cooler with bottled water to offer people if it's a hot day. Plan to hang out, sit and chat with your neighbors, who will undoubtedly stop by and maybe even buy something.
|bootie one of my neighbors bought|
It's a hot one today, so we didn't get a lot of traffic, but so far I've taken in over $100, so that doesn't suck!
Happy pickin' y'all!
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