Organizing a Garage SaleMost people don’t have a plan for their garage sale. They simply cart out some card tables, scatter all their wares out, tack a few signs to polls, and sit back and wait only to wonder why so few people show-up.
Having a yard sale can be torture of the worst imaginable kind or a relatively easy way to clean out the clutter and make some extra cash. Unless you think of the Marquis de Sade as the kindly uncle type, your goal is to have the latter. The key to having a successful, stress-free yard sale is organization. —The SpruceIt’s because there’s no game plan, a recipe for disappointment. To actually make it more than just a little worthwhile, you need to get ready well in advance of the day and have a strategy.
Los Gatos Yard Sale Money-Making GuideIf you really want to make some extra money and cut down on all the clutter, you have to do things right. Here is a helpful yard sale money-making guide to follow:
- Plan your sale day(s). Deciding on Tuesday that you’ll host a garage sale on Saturday isn’t going to be enough time. You need to plan in advance and to check the local event schedule. You don’t want to hold your yard sale on the same day of a community event. Also, you need time to start posting announcement ads on the internet and social media.
- Go all-out on signage. Forget about those store-bought, stock signs. They’re too small and too common to attract attention. Instead, get a large and colorful poster-board. Make your own signs, and put them out about a week before sale day. Put them around the neighborhood, on nearby busy streets, and outside local grocery stores and retail shops.
- Create easy traffic flow paths. Another mistake people often make is to group tables closely together. While this does keep everything in-sight, it creates congested traffic flow. Spread the tables out so there’s plenty of room to walk and explore.
- Provide plenty of parking space. Be sure to park well away from your home for people to park. You can also ask your neighbors to park off the street for more room.