How To Make Money With Garage Sales

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by: Marilyn Pokorney

  • How To Make Money With Garage Sales

    Drive through almost any neighborhood in any city or town on
    a weekend, and you're sure to see garage sales scattered

    These homeowners are spending their weekend time off making
    money. The average profit is $600 for a one-weekend garage sale.

    It's time to get your share of the pie. Organization is the key.

    Step one: Check with the local officials to see what the
    local laws and regulations are on operating garage sales in your area.

    Step two: Spend a few weekends going to garage sales in
    your area. See what is selling, what people are buying, how
    the items are priced, how the sellers advertise. Observe
    how the sellers display their items. Take notes.

    Step three: Clean house and take stock of what you have and
    what it's time to get rid of. Be sure to pick out at least
    one interesting and unusual item to call
    attention to your sale; some large ticket item you can set
    up in front of your home during your sale.

    If you find older items such as dishes, a painting, an old
    flower urn etc. that you feel it's time to dispose of have
    it appraised. You don't want to sell something for 50 cents
    only to find out later it was an antique valued at $500.00.
    You can be sure there are garage sale shoppers who are on
    the lookout for just this kind of treasure.

    Step four: Pick a date for your sale. The best time to
    have a garage sale is twice a year in May or September.
    People will be out shopping for summer items in May and
    winter items in September.

    Never pick a holiday weekend such as Mother's Day or Labor
    Day. Holiday festivities will get the attention of most

    The best days for your garage sale are Thursday, Friday, and

    Step five: Advertise, advertise and advertise some more.
    Place ads in the local newspaper, shopper guides, on
    bulletin boards and even online. Place signs all over the
    neighborhood with brightly colored letters, attached
    balloons, etc.

    Step six: Organize your sale. Put price stickers on your
    items. Have a wide variety of clothing and jewelry and
    arrange them in a rainbow of colors. Make sure jewelry and
    appliances sparkle! Hang clothing on racks arranged in
    sizes. Imagine that you are opening a retail store and copy
    what the stores do.

    If you have items that are hard to price and you think they
    will not sell, put them in a penny box. And be sure to mark
    the box "Penny Box" or "All items just 1 cent each".

    Step seven: Timing. Consider starting at 7:00 a.m. instead
    of 8:00 or 9:00. And close no later than 6:00 p.m. And
    positively NEVER shut down for the noon hour! There are
    people who work on weekends and will stop on their way to or
    from work and shop during their lunch breaks.

    As most customers will have come and gone by 1:00, noon hour
    being the most active, you can start lowering prices after
    1:00 p.m. On items you think will not sell at all, put them
    in a box marked "Free".

    And lastly, what doesn't sell take to the local Good Will or
    other organization of your choice.

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    About the author:
    Author: Marilyn Pokorney
    Freelance writer of science, nature, animals and the
    Also loves crafts, gardening, and reading.

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