Thinking of holding a garage sale? Here are some useful tips

Thinking of holding a garage sale? Here are some useful tips

Now is the season to hold a garage sale. A well-planned garage sale often means a more successful one, which means more money in your pocket.

Pick a Date: Choose dates and times for your garage sale. Most people go with Friday and Saturday, but you can add Thursday or Sunday. Start early in the day.

Gather Your Goods: Grab a box and go through every room. Pick up anything you don’t want or haven’t used in months and toss it in. Don’t underestimate the value of what you find. People will buy anything from old CDs to unwanted bottles of perfume.

Create an ad: On-line such as Craigslist, Next Door, or Facebook. Also place it in a local paper.

Yard Sale Signs: Brightly colored poster board and a marker is all you really need. Make sure your sign says “Garage Sale” large enough for people to see as they drive by. Include your address or an arrow pointing towards your house.

Get Supplies: At least a day before the sale starts, you’ll need tables or other flat surface to take payments and provide change, and plenty of areas to display your goods.

Don’t Forget the Change: Have fives, ones, and at least twenty dollars in quarters.

Sort Your Items: Before you price them. It’s the easiest way to keep your garage sale organized and make it easy on potential buyers.

Price Your Items: Price your items individually rather than just group them into boxes with one price sign. Use a marker and tape.

Organize and Arrange Your Sale: Arrange everything the day before and store in the garage. Map out where you place your items for sale.

Get Ready: At least an hour before the sale starts set everything out and put up signs. Have your change in a safe place.

Work the Crowd: Shout out a friendly hello when people walk up, and let the customers come to you. They’re going to ask questions, they’re going to haggle, and they’re going to pick up everything, especially if it’s breakable. Don’t act pushy. You don’t have to haggle right away.  However, in afternoons or near the end, negotiate.

Leftovers: Give leftovers to a Goodwill or a charity. Larger items like a T.V try Craigslist first.

By Dave Hiller, Broker: For more information, contact me at 503-729-8797,, or visit