Every spring (after I’ve started my seedlings), I start thinking about garage sales. It feels good to purge the stuff I haven’t used or don’t want anymore and it’s a great way to get a little extra money!
We’ve been having rummage sales (and going to them) for over 30 years, so we can probably give you a few pointers. 😉
- Watch the weather forecast. It might be wrong, but at least you give yourself a fair chance of sunshine and pleasant temperatures.
- Know what else is going on that day. If you’re selling mostly kids stuff and there is a circus in town, where all the parents are going to be?
- Have a one day sale. Most people will show up right away and there’s no reason to tie up your whole weekend.
- Decide where you’re having your sale. In your garage or in your yard…or both.
- Plan your sale for a day and time when you think the most people can show up. Saturdays? Around 8:00 AM?
- Have a good amount of change. It’s surprising how many people will bring twenty dollar bills.
- Have lots of bags and wrapping paper. Everyone appreciates neatly wrapped packages.
- Have pricing that’s easy to count. 10 items @ $.50 each is much easier to count than 2 items @ $.25, 1 item @ $.10, etc.
- Don’t price stuff really high. This is a rummage sale!
- What kind of prices do you like at rummage sales? Price accordingly.
- Have everything priced before the sale opens. You may not think clearly if you have a lot of people asking you questions.
- Place an ad in the paper and on garage sale sites. Make it short and sweet and interesting.
- Use key words you know people are looking for. But, don’t give the impression you’re pricing stuff really high.
- Don’t be overly specific. Be general and use terms like household items, vintage items, furniture, etc. An exception would be if you have something really valuable that you think may sell in a rummage sale setting.
- Place good signage. Put clear signs up in places where people will see them.
- Never make a sign that says “Huge Garage Sale”. For whatever reason, it seems to relate more to the size of the garage, than the size of the sale. Ironic, I know.
- “Not responsible for accidents” is just a silly sign. Of course you’re responsible if someone gets hurt on your property.
- Open early. You want to sell the stuff, right? Dealers will be knocking on your door 1-2 hours before it starts, anyway.
- If everything isn’t unpacked… let the early birds help you!
- Be friendly. You’re trying to sell your stuff right? So why be rude to the people who want to give you their money?
- Be friendly. You’re trying to sell your stuff right? So why be rude to the people who want to give you their money? (Yes, I’m repeating myself…think about it.)
- Don’t let people rush you when you’re tallying their items. That’s an old trick to try to get things cheaper.
- Keep your change on you. Cash boxes can walk off and that would spoil your day.
- Offer to help load big items. It can mean the difference between making a sale or keeping the item.
- Try out your salesmanship. Don’t sit behind your change table looking forlorn and desperate. Stand up, move around and talk to people. It can greatly increase your sales!
- Pack up right away. Get the stuff cleared out or it may end up hanging around.
- Donate what’s left. You’ll be helping out a charity and clearing out your clutter.
SPENDING YOUR MONEY:
- This is the best part. After all your hard work, you should really have some fun.
- Have a sales goal and a fun activity planned if you reach it. It’s good incentive for family members to get rid of things they are no longer using!
Rummage sales can be a lot of work, but they are also a lot of fun. I hope you have fun with yours!
Here are some benefits of having rummage sales:
- Great way to recycle!
- Helping to save the environment.
- Clearing clutter and simplifying your home.
- Getting extra money to use for something you need or want.
- Meeting some new people.
- Making room for more junk 😉 LOL