Well we didn’t have the best weather Saturday (cool and rainy), but regardless we had a successful garage sale! Overall it brought in over $500, which I think is always awesome, and $400 of it was mine! 🙂 Faith had been busy purging her toys, books and movies, so I gave her most of those profits at $53 (not bad when you’re 7!). It helped that I was getting rid of all my infant/toddler toys and supplies…those items tend to sell well and bring in traffic. I was pleased that while most of the toys had been Faith’s when she was a baby, they were still in really good shape! They’ve all been played with my many daycare kids but I take care of my things (and teach the kids to do the same), so they withheld a lot of use.
I tend to have a garage sale every year (though I’m trying not to make that such a regular practice anymore, which I talked about here and here). But as I phase out of daycare and no longer need some things, I think it’s worth my time to go ahead and have a sale (and obviously it was!). I don’t spend a ton of extra time making cute signs or elaborate displays…because let’s face it, pricing and setting up takes enough time and #aintnobodygottimeforthat. But I thought I’d share a few of my most-used tips today.
Make it worth your while and well ahead of the sale (weeks, even months in advance), start going through the whole house for things you no longer need or use. The more stuff, the more customers will be drawn to your sale. And when you’re done, you’ll find it feels so good to have decluttered so much! (The extra cash doesn’t hurt, either.) Get the kids involved, too! Faith’s grown up with me regularly purging her room. Those McDonalds toys that sit in a drawer, toys that aren’t played with, clothes that she doesn’t wear. Sometimes I tossed or purged when she wasn’t around, but I’ve also had conversations with her. Explaining that “you don’t play with that anymore so we’re going to sell it…” (to make room for new things…to get some money…whatever “incentive” you want to use) goes a long way. I’ve learned with kids that if they sense hesitation they will argue with you, so be kind but firm that this is how things are going down and you’ll have less resistance. The more you do that with your kids, the better it will work. (I digress.)
I once bought a book about how to have “big money” garage sales. I’ve never come close to what she made, but it was helpful. I particularly found the pricing advice useful, and this is what I do. (Keep in mind this is Nebraska…not sure how things go other places.)
First, nothing less than a quarter. It makes it so much easier for adding and for making change, and let’s be honest. If it’s not worth a quarter, it can go in the “free” box. We typically have one of those, and kids that come to the sale love to rifle through it for a treasure. What’s remaining goes in the garbage. *Don’t take this stuff back in your house!
If something is new or in like-new condition, I ask half of retail price. That goes for goods more-so than clothes in my opinion. When people come to garage sales they expect deals, so some may be put off by high clothes prices. You’ll have people walk away with bigger armloads of clothes if you keep the prices down. Consignment sales are a different story…you have to go higher to make up for the cut the sponsoring organization gets. People expect that and things go higher at those sales, too.