August may give you an extra day to #declutter, the chance to sell some of your extra #stuff and the warm, sunny weather necessary to do both. But before you have a #garage sale, you’ll likely need to clear out the #garage! The first thing to do is take everything out, says Budget Dumpster. Not only will you be able to sweep and wash the floors or repaint the walls, if necessary, you will also be able to make a realistic assessment of your #storage needs and add #shelves, hooks and other #organizational aids. Then, you can sort the things you want to keep — maybe even your car — back into a freshly #decluttered and #organized space.
Perhaps the most important secret to garage-sale success is to avoid reintegrating anything you marked for sale into your home after it ends. Think about it: You were ready to let those things go because they were no longer of any use to you; the fact that they didn’t sell at a low price doesn’t make them any more useful. Do yourself a favor: Before you make your first dollar, #schedule a #free #donation #pickup at ClothingDonations.org for the days after the #garage, #yard or #tag #sale. A truck will whisk that extra #stuff away, and the #clutter will be gone from your life for good. #GarageSaleSuccess
The day or days you choose to hold a #garage or #tag sale can impact its success. Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings are considered to be the best times to hold a sale, and the first weekend of the month is often when people have the most money to spend, according to personal finance specialists Ramsey Solutions. Get an early start if you expect hot weather, and try to avoid rainy days. Make sure you have plenty of small bills and coins to make change, or consider accepting digital payments via smartphone by downloading an app such as Venmo, Zelle or PayPal. Just be sure your Wi-Fi signal is strong! #GarageSaleSuccess
Pricing is an important aspect of a successful and lucrative #garage, #yard or #tag sale. A rule of thumb is that garage-sale items should be priced at no more than 10% of their original cost. But don’t make pricing decisions the night before the sale, says Better Homes & Gardens; price items as you set them aside for the sale, even if it’s months in advance. Think like a customer: They stopped to look for a bargain; give them one and you can get rid of that extra #stuff for good. For “volume” items such as clothing, you can post a sheet listing prices, and it’s also a good practice to have a free box for little odds and ends that aren’t worth haggling over. #GarageSaleSuccess
Summer is a great time to have a #garage sale; you can get rid of a few extra things and make a few bucks. For maximum garage-sale success, sell only those things that still have some of their original value left. If things are in worn, dirty or otherwise shoddy condition, neighbors aren’t going to want them, either. “First impressions matter,” says Homes.com. “Shoppers may see one dingy item in your garage sale and get turned off from shopping.” Also sort, organize and price everything you have for sale — even clothing — to remove another barrier from the casual browser’s purchase decision. #GarageSaleSuccess