7 Mistakes To Avoid When Having A Garage Sale
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7 Mistakes To Avoid When Having A Garage Sale

A garage sale is a great way to get rid of unwanted merchandise and make some money at the same time. Laying stuff out and expecting the money to roll in is a common mistake that many people make. If you want to maximixe your profits, you need to do a little planning before your garage sale. Avoid these common mistakes and you will be thankful when you count the money after the sale is over.

Springtime is a great time for a garage sale. It gives you a chance to get rid of unwanted merchandise and make money doing it. Many people make the mistake of thinking that if they just throw the stuff out on the lawn, they will make a ton of money. If you want to have a successful garage sale, there are a few common mistakes that you want to avoid.

Over Pricing

Putting too high of a price on items can cause people to turn around and leave. Your stuff may be valuable to you, but it needs to be a price that will attract buyers. If people are looking at the item without even picking it up, then you need to lower the price. The goal is to get rid of the stuff before the end of the day.

Inneffective Signs

Good signs will drive traffic to your sale. Unfortunately, many people have signs that are either too small or just plain confusing. Always have a big arrow on the sing that points in the right direction. People driving a car need to be able to see the sign from a distance so they can make the right decision on which way to turn. Use neon poster boards such as green, orange, or pink. These can be seen from a distance and will get more attention.

Not Prepared

Going to a sale and finding people still putting out stuff is very frustrating. Make sure that all your stuff is laid out before your put your signs out. People will only come by your sale one time, and you want to have a chance to sell everything. Always make sure that you have plenty of change. Go to the bank the day before the sale and get a roll of every type of coins that you need. It would be very bad for business to run out of change during the garage sale.

Bad Presentation

Many people just put out boxes filled with stuff and expect people to buy it. There is nothing more frustrating than having to dig through boxes to find stuff. Lay the items out on tables or on top of boxes so that people can see it as they walk by. Less than half of the people who come to your sale will dig through boxes

Items Not Priced

Make sure than every item is priced. There is nothing more frustrating than having to ask the price on every item you pick up. You can buy a whole package of pre-priced stickers at the store for very little cost. Pricing the items the night before will save you having to answer the same questions over and over. It will also save the customer a lot of frustration.

Dirty Items

It is amazing how people will put stuff out at a garage sale without taking the time to clean it. Cleaning items will help you to get a higher price for certain items. Try to spend some time cleaning the items the night before and you will definitely profit from your work.

Not Greeting Customers

Many people make the mistake of just sitting in a chair during the garage sale. Greeting the customer can help them feel wanted. Telling the customer to “ask if they have any questions” will usually get them to browse longer. The longer a customer stays, the better chance that they will purchase something.

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Comments (4)

Your last three items are the ones that turn me off on a garage sale faster than any other--dirty items, items without price tags, and not being greeted. The last one--not being greeted--I will overlook if there are a lot of people there when I arrive and the person holding the sale is busy with other customers, but there are no excuses for the first two.

Thank you Mark for the reminder of garage sale mistakes. Thanks for your friendship and support.

Excellent tips. We need to have a yard sale or garage sale soon as we have so much clothing and other items we don't use.

Wow, I love the tips.  Thanks.