How to Have a Successful Garage Sale

Make your garage sale a success and put more money in your pocket with these helpful tips. Everything must go!


  • Step 1: Price all your items with tags in advance, and be prepared to answer questions about them.
  • TIP: Have some iced tea, lemonade, or cold water on hand to lure in bargain hunters.
  • Step 2: Start conversations with customers, but try not to be pushy. Have plenty of change on hand, a calculator, extra price tags, and bags for your customers to carry away their merchandise. Get out there and start selling!
  • FACT: In 2009, 17 percent of new single-family homes sold in the U.S had a 3-or-more car garage.
  • Step 3: Display your items neatly on tables to make it easier for customers to browse. Also try to group like items together, and take advantage of the space beneath the tables.
  • TIP: Keep in mind that shoppers will try to haggle -- it's part of the experience. Be flexible, but don't give items away.
  • TIP: Try to plan for a weekend like Memorial Day or Labor Day, when you'll have Monday to operate your sale as well.
  • Step 4: Attract shoppers by advertising in your local newspaper or circular. Free ads can also be placed online at and
  • Step 5: Post eye-catching signs around your neighborhood where people can see them. Also place a sign in your front yard, and hang balloons on your mailbox.
  • Step 6: Price your items to sell. Remember -- you don't want these items anymore, and you don't want to drag them back in the house.
  • Step 7: Choose the weekend date for your garage sale. Since multi-family sales attract more shoppers, talk to some of your neighbors to see if they want to participate.

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