So you’ve found the new house, you’ve booked a reputable removalist and it’s time to start packing. That’s often the time when people start to uncover many unused items lurking in the back of the cupboards.
Rather than take it all with you, a garage sale is a great way to unload unwanted goods before the removalists arrive. It’s also a great way to make a little extra cash on the side, provided you do it well.
Here are some tips to ensure your garage sale is a success:
- Choose a date – Weekends are best for obvious reasons, but avoid public holidays or long weekends as people go away.
- Start collecting plastic bags to hand out to buyers.
- Scrub and wash everything you plan to sell – it will look more impressive if it’s clean.
- Tidy up the area where the garage sale will be held
- Work out how many tables you will need. Borrow if you have to.
- Advertise online. Popular sites include:
– Garage Sale Hunt – http://www.garagesalehunt.com.au
– Street Garage Sales – http://www.streetgaragesales.com
– Egaragesales – http://www.egaragesales.com.au
– Garage Trail Sale (held annually, this year’s is on October 26) – http://www.abs.gov.au/
Don’t forget more generic sites like Gumtree and Trading Post.
- Posters are still a great way to attract customers. Put posters up in your neighbourhood, at community centres, and in local shops. Give the sale a few days to seep in; if you’re holding the garage sale this Saturday, put up posters on Tuesday or Wednesday.
- Street Garage Sales also recommends delivering flyers to every resident in the street giving as much notice as possible. Consider non-english residents by having the flyer translated into alternative languages.
DISPLAY YOUR GOODS WELL
- Group like-minded items together, i.e. electrical, books, clothes, tools.
- Make sure your best items are visible.
- Place clothes on hangers and hang a string up so people can flip through them.
- Lifehacker recommends setting up a testing area for electronics so customers know they work. Run an extension cord from the house if needed, place all the electronics together, and let people test them out on their own.
- Another handy tip, provided by BrightNest, is to have a free pile that’s visible from the street! You want people to see the free pile and stop, so fill it with items you would have donated or will donate after the sale is over.
PRICING AND PAYMENT
- For ease on the day, it’s a good idea to put prices on your items beforehand. People like to haggle so add a few extra dollars on the price for this.
- At the same time, be negotiable. Always remember why you’re hosting the garage sale. You’re not really there to make extra cash, you want to rid your home of unwanted clutter.
- If you’re not sure how much to charge, browse Ebay and other websites that sell second hand items.
- Make sure you have enough change to give customers. Visit the bank the day before if need be.
- Make arrangements for pets during the sale, you don’t want to scare off the customers.
- Keep your house locked and the keys with you.
- It may be in your backyard but remember retail ethics. Greet your customers and offer to help.
Remember, the less you take to your new house, the less you’ll have to unpack. So take anything you don’t sell to charity.
Now you’ve got your things in order, all you need to do is book your move with Grace Removals and let us take care of the rest.