Foolproof Guide to a Successful September Garage Sale


The summer knickknacks are probably piling up in the garage by now, so why not unload some of your furniture, appliances, toys and treasures by hosting your own garage sale?

However, not every garage sale is a guaranteed moneymaker. You may be selling some quality stuff, but if you can’t bring in customers, you’ll be repacking the garage at day’s end.

Here are some tips to make sure your garage sale is a success.

Advertise: Create some buzz and let the neighborhood know when to stop by the house. Posting signs around the block is a tried, tested and true method, but consider taking advantage of social media. Advertising on Facebook and Twitter is quick, easy and (most importantly) free.

Curb Appeal: Make the items visually appealing and accessible, and create an atmosphere with upbeat music, food and drinks. No one wants to shop in a cluttered and dusty garage blaring polka so make your sale a place people – and you – want to be.

Set Prices: Between haggling, playing DJ and tending to the kids, there is going to be a lot of activity at your garage sale. Price all of your items ahead of time so you don’t have to appraise on the spot. You’ll often undervalue the item in front of the customer, and you don’t want to make any irrational decisions.

The bottom line is that garage sales are a fun and easy way to de-clutter the house and make a little cash on the side. Get out and enjoy the day.