First, you need to decide which of your items you want to keep and what you want to get rid of. Next, you’ll need to figure out what to do with these unwanted items. A great solution is having a yard sale – giving you the opportunity to organize your space while making a little cash.
Sorting through your belongings and putting on a successful yard sale doesn’t happen by chance. It takes some preparation, time, and effort. However, by following these seven tips, you can maximize your chances of having a productive yard sale and getting rid of the junk that’s crowding your space.
- Devote a weekend to sorting through your stuff. You might feel overwhelmed at the thought of tackling this chore, but don’t procrastinate and allow this task to linger. If you recruit help from your family or friends, this undertaking can typically be complete over a weekend. You’ll need to decide what to keep, throw away, sell, or donate.
- If you haven’t used something in the last six months, it’s unlikely you’ll ever need it. If you feel you want to keep an item “just in case” or because “it might come in handy,” you’re probably better off getting rid of it. Of course, there are always exceptions, including items which have emotional value like a special gift your child made for you. Be practical with your choices of items you’d like to keep and you’ll be on your way to freeing up more space.
- Use shelves, storage bins, and cabinets for the stuff you choose to keep. Rather than stacking a pile of belongings on the garage floor, consider building your own shelving if you’re a do-it-yourself type of person, or you could buy simple wire shelving and storage racks at a local home improvement store like these from Home Depot. Now that you’ve taken inventory of your belongings, your next step is getting ready for a yard sale!
- Choose the right day and time for a yard sale. Saturdays and Sundays generally make for the best days for a garage sale as most people are off work and have time to stop by. Some garage sale pros suggest opening your sale on Friday to attract the collectors and other potential shoppers who work on the weekends. Try to start early, say around 7 a.m., to catch the early-bird buyers who are looking for deals. Also, ensure to not end your yard sale too early (before 2 p.m. or so) so you have the opportunity to catch those who are running errands, shopping, and taking their kids to soccer games.
- Post signs so it’s easy to find your sale. You’ll attract the most customers utilizing signs which clearly direct passersby to your home. Make sure these signs are large enough to easily read from a car driving by in both directions. Also remember to put them out early in the morning. On your signs, it is essential to list your address as well as the date(s) and times of the yard sale. Pro tip: once your yard sale is over, store your signage so you can reuse it for a future yard sale.
- Get the word out and advertise your sale. Tell your friends, family, and neighbors about the sale by using email, texts, Craigslist, and social media. If you’re on Facebook, look for local groups which allow you to post items for sales. By including pictures of your best items, you’ll have an opportunity to generate interest for your yard sale and possibly sell some of your unwanted possessions before your sale begins!
- Prepare and price items. This includes organizing, cleaning, and pricing the stuff you want to sell. Think about how you’ll place items so they’re organized and easy for shoppers (and those driving by) to browse through. Avoid doing this the morning of the sale, so you’re not overly stressed and you can take your time. It’s best to put clear prices on each item, and for some stuff, consider giving buyers a deal, such as “two for the price of one,” to encourage them to purchase sets, like your old CD or DVD collection. To save yourself some time, consider purchasing preprinted pricing stickers like these from Office Depot. Remember that many people who shop at yard sales will want to bargain and haggle, so be prepared to negotiate if you’re looking to offload as much junk as possible. Important tip: have cash on hand to provide change.
Whether you’re looking to declutter your space so you feel more organized, or you’re hoping to list your home soon and want to make it more appealing to shoppers, we hope these tips assist you in cleaning up your garage and having a successful yard sale!