Prepping for a Garage Sale

Prepping for a Garage Sale

“There are few joys like getting ready for a garage sale,” …said no one ever.

Let’s face it. Putting on a garage sale is hard work and time-consuming. We do it, though, to clean up, create space, and maybe add a few bucks to our pocketbooks.

If you are going to do it, it might as well be successful. That means taking the time to do it right. Here are some garage sale prepping tips.

Price Everything

Yep. Make sure everything is priced. It is fine to put a sign on a box that says $1 each, but no one should have to ask for a price.

Sort Everything

Display tools in one area, clothes in one area, and electronics in another. Many shoppers are looking for specific items, and sorting them will help them find what they may be looking for.

Place Items Off the Ground

Garage sales can be tough on shoppers, too. Don’t make them bend over to look through boxes on the ground. Borrow tables if need be, but display items above ground level.

Have Power Accessible to Test Electronics

At the very least, have an extension cord available to test any electric devices you may have for sale.

Make Distinctive Signs

Use day-glo-colored poster boards and a large marker. Place signs at intersections around your home. Use large arrows to direct traffic. The words “sale” and directional arrows should be the most visible things on your signs.

Other tips

Make sure you have plenty of change. Shoppers often stop at an ATM before heading out and usually have 20 dollar bills. Have plastic grocery bags on hand for shoppers who buy multiple items. Most of all, try to have fun. It will be over soon!

Keep in mind that when you hold a garage sale, you have a responsibility for the safety of your guests. Keep trip hazards to a minimum and walkways clear.

This may also be a good time to review your home insurance. Contact us for a no-obligation review and price quote. If you are going to do it, do it right. Contact us today.

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