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How to Have a Successful Garage Sale

How to Have a Successful Garage Sale

Garage sales are a great way to turn unwanted clutter into cash. However, as with everything in life there is a right way and a wrong way to have a garage sale. Here are some tips to make sure that yours is a success.

Date and time

There is no point in having a garage sale at 6am on a Monday morning, no one will show up. Early afternoon on the weekend is the best time to draw a large crowd. You have no control over the weather, but you can at least try and make sure that garage sales are on a day when the weather is good.

Get your goods together

You can’t have garage sales without any items to sell. Spend some time downsizing and decluttering by going through each room and choosing what you want to sell and what you want to keep. There are always going to be things that we don’t want to get rid of, however, if you haven’t used it in months you are probably never going to use it and you might as well make some money from it. You also want to make sure that everything you sell is in good condition and that it works.


If no one knows that you are having a garage sale how are you going to sell anything? Put an advertisement in your local newspaper, local store windows and even on your own home and car windows.

Garage sale sign

On the day of the sale you want to make sure that everyone knows where the sale is. The easiest way to do this is to create large garage sales signs on your property so that people know where to stop.


There is more to a garage sale than selling stuff. At the very least you are also going to need the following:

  • Chairs
  • Tables
  • Cash box
  • Space to display your items
  • A garment rack


You are going to need some change to give back to your customers. Go to the bank and get at least $100 in notes and coins. More is better than not enough.

Arrange your items

Have you ever walked into a store and everything was all over the place? You don’t know where to start looking and you end up walking out without buying anything. Make sure your items are all in order to make it easier for your customers to shop.

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