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EVERYDAY CHEAPSKATE (R) How To Have a Killer Garage Sale PDF Print E-mail
Written by MARY HUNT   
Thursday, 17 February 2011 04:51

Host a killer garage sale that turns your castoffs into cold hard cash by following these steps:

Plan ahead. Give yourself more than a few weeks to get ready. Make sure the date you select is not conflicting with a holiday or a community event. Check local laws regarding signage, restrictions and a requirement, if any, to get a permit.

Get organized. Designate your sale area. Take the time to repair and clean your sale items and your sale area, too. Dirt, grime and clutter repel shoppers. A nicely ordered space draws ready, willing and able buyers.

Pricing. Research the prices of similar items on eBay and Craigslist. For high-ticket items priced at more than $100, make sure you include manuals, warranties and other information that would be beneficial to the buyer.

Advertise. At the very least, put a sign at the end of your street. But if you really want to attract motivated buyers, get serious with the advertising. Consider an ad in the newspaper. Post on bulletin boards, and circulate fliers.

Setting up. Make your layout deliberate. Group things in sections. For example, put all kitchen items together in one area and toys and games in another. Make sure all of your clothes are hung. Rig up a makeshift hanging clothes rack with two ladders or hooks from the ceiling.

Point of purchase. The place where you will collect money is also a great place to sell cookies, coffee, snacks and drinks. If you have small items that don't go with anything else, divvy them up into small lunch bags. Then seal them, and mark them as "Grab Bags!" Priced reasonably and placed right by the checkout, they will fly off the table.

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