Garage Sale 101, Part 2 — How to Decide Whether to Have a Sale

A Continuation of the Garage Sale Rant — How to Decide Whether You Should Have One: A Highly Opinionated Guide

Note: Most of this information is taken directly from a program Sandy Nannfeldt and I presented at our library several years ago.

You could consult the Tarot cards.

Or maybe the Magic Eight Ball: “Signs point to yes.”

But you really should be more scientific about such a big decision. So here is our advice.

  • Think hard. Think very hard.
  • It’s a lot of work.
  • You can make more at your real job.
  • It’s more fun (and profitable) with more people.  If you have it with friends, you can enjoy their company when you’re not busy. Plus, you often become each other’s best customer.
  • The more variety you have, the better everything sells.
  • Make sure all participants know the terms—what doesn’t sell, they take home or it goes to charity. Consider how the costs of signs and the ad will be divided.
  • Think about where to have the sale.  Ideally, the sale will be on a street that is well known and busy, but not so busy that people have difficulty parking.
  • Realize that whoever hosts the sale will probably end up doing a lot of the work. And, if you’re as picky (some might say downright persnickety) about what you sell as I am, you’ll also end up spending a lot of time cleaning up other people’s junk. I’m of the mindset that it’s insulting to customers to think they would want to buy something dirty. But maybe that’s just me.
  • Decide on the days and hours of the sale.  Many people swear by a three-day sale.  You can do just fine with one. When you decide on the time, remember early birds will be there at least ½ hour early.
  • The best time for a sale is early in the season (May or June) before serious garage-salers have already seen similar stuff for less.
  • If you’ve never even been to a garage sale before, you might want to visit a few before deciding to have one.
  • It will take way, way longer to set up and organize than you can ever expect.
  • On the other hand, it can be a fun way to spend time with your family and friends. And, if you luck out with the weather, it’s a great excuse to sit outside in the sun and sip a cold beverage of your choice. Just be careful not to sip too many if you prefer the alcoholic kind. You don’t want to end up giving all your stuff away!


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"Taking care not to take love too seriously." Writer of smart, fresh, contemporary romance and women's fiction. Blogging about writing, reading, and more recently, dealing with the ins and outs of breast cancer.
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