I know garage sales are not a new thing and I have had garage sales before but for some reason on September 1, 2012 this one felt different. For one I neglected to advertise it in the paper so no one showed up until I had been sitting in my garage for hours. This one is different because I am starting a new chapter in my life, one where I am trying to simplify things and have less stress. My wife has an autoimmune disorder and the less stress that is in our lives the better for her and me.
I must admit that preparing for a garage sale is not a simple task. Everyone has lists so here is my list of what to do to prep for a garage sale (an important step in simplifying your life).
8 things to keep in mind when having a garage sale
- Clean out the attic/garage. I had to climb through our attic and sort through all sorts of junk that was in there. I ended up throwing away most of it except for a lot of Christmas decorations that had about 3 years of dust collecting on them.
- Clean out your house. Next I moved on to areas of the house that I knew had items that I no longer used and that someone else may find use for them.
- Get some supplies. I opted not to borrow any tables and just laid my stuff on the ground. It just seem like more work to load a bunch of tables and bring them home only to load them again and take them back. I am not lazy but remember this is about simplifying. You will also want to get some stickers for pricing your stuff and a few “Garage Sale” signs to post around the neighborhood. Walmart has these cool round stickers that have prices on them already…very helpful.
- Price your stuff. At first this was hard because I wanted to get the most I can out of my stuff but I also wanted to get rid of it. After about an hour of sticking prices on stuff I started realizing that I just need to prize the stuff to sell.
- Advertise. This is a step I missed this go around as I did not advertise in any papers. I did post on Facebook to see get some kind of exposure with friends there. And I found a few online garage sale sites like garagesale.com.
- Have a calculator ready. I know the prices are usually simple like $5, $1, $0.75 but someone walks up with multiple items you don’t want to be scrambling to add stuff up.
- Sit and wait. Once the time comes for you to start your garage sale be prepared to sit and wait. Wait for the people to stop by and look through all your stuff. I must admit I had to make sure I was not offended as people looked through my stuff with disregard to what it has meant to me.
- Be flexible. I know you what the most money out of your stuff be the main point is to get rid of your stuff. Be ready to take a little less than what you have priced your items.
I was able to sell $211 worth of stuff. Not bad I suppose but once I started putting things back in the garage I began to realize that I still had a lot of stuff left. I decided to post a few of the bigger items on eBay in hopes to just get stuff gone.
I plan to have another garage sale in a couple of weeks as I continue my de-clutter mission of my house.
Do you have any garage sale tips or tricks to help me with my next garage sale?