Garage Sale Tips

It’s that time again.  We start our spring cleaning and usually have a lot of items we need to remove from our home.  This is definitely a necessary task if you are looking to put your home on the market during this season.  Clutter in a home can influence how a potential buyer perceives your home and keeps them from visualizing their personal belongings in your home.  You can use the proceeds from the garage sale to spruce up your home.

Wash all clothes and make sure they are in good condition.  Ripped, stained or ridiculously out-dated clothes should go to the garbage (not Goodwill).

  • Fold clothes or hang them in such a way that invites people to look at them.  Pair matching items and like sizes together so shoppers can easily navigate through them. If you have purses or costume jewelry also for sale, consider pairing them with jeans or tops that might work well with them (you can multi-sell this way!).
  • If you have name brand clothing (Tommy Hilfiger, Liz Claiborne, etc.), feel free to mark it up a little, provided it is great condition.
  • Clean toys and sort them by age appropriate categories. Excessively dirty or stained toys should be thrown away!  Remember, if things look dirty, garage sale shoppers will more than likely leave without spending much time perusing.  And junk insults buyers, so make sure the items you feature are things you would want to buy if you were shopping.
  • If selling antiques, know what the fair market value is.  Remember, these buyers historically want to pay pennies on the dollar for good items.  And you don’t want to be taken advantage of.
  • Don’t overprice!
  • Mark all items with a price sticker.  You can get these cheaply at an office supply or dollar store.
  • If you are selling electrical items, make sure you have an outlet close by so buyers are assured they are buying a working item.
  • Display dishes and housewares if possible – these are hot sellers.
  • Make sure your garage sale is worth attending.  Don’t host a sale with two tiny tables of junk.  Have a wide variety of toys, clothes, tools, knick-knacks, and appliances if possible.  This way, you have something for everyone.  It sometimes helps to ask family members if they have any items they would like to donate to your garage sale to clean out their garage and maybe make your garage sale more appealing and varied.
  • Don’t forget to advertise your garage sale and include the date, time, and address.  Craigslist and the paper are good avenues for media.  More importantly is your signage.  Make sure you put out good directional signage leading passers-by right to your door.
  • If possible, host your garage sale on a Saturday, when you are more likely to get a good turnout. 
  • Be prepared for weather of all types.  You need to have a backup plan if it rains, especially if you have advertised it.
  • Have plenty of change on hand! Shoppers will be paying with cash.
  • Be prepared for early risers!  The early birds are always looking for bargains and will come knocking before your advertised time.
  • Lastly, enlist family members or friends to help you with your garage sale.  It can be very overwhelming for one person to be answering questions, bargaining, handling the money, and watching your tables. 

When you have sold your treasures and are ready to sell your home, give Mark Lackey a call with the Atlanta Housing Source at 404-886-8789 for a free market consultation.

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