The Dos And Don'ts Of A Successful Garage Sale

Posted on: 16 January 2015

So, you've finally decided to get rid of some of the clutter around your home. You've hired a junk removal service, like A. Viera Disposal & Sanitation, Inc., to get rid of any trash and have set aside piles of items you no longer use. Before you think about pitching those items, consider whether somebody else might get some use out of them. You can cut down on landfill waste by donating or selling some of those items; if you plan on selling, holding a garage sale can be an excellent way to make a profit (and offset some of the costs of hiring that junk removal company).

If you choose to hold a garage sale, however, there are some guidelines you'll want to follow to maximize your chances of success.

DO Be Prepared for Hagglers

First of all, understand that haggling is to be expected at a garage sale, so don't be offended when somebody approaches you and wants to pay you less than the posted price for an item. Be open to negotiations; otherwise, you'll risk missing out on a lot of sales. To prepare for negotiating with hagglers, consider posting sticker prices that are slightly higher than what you'd be willing to take. This way, you can bring the price down and leave a haggler feeling like they've gotten a great deal.

DO Have Bags and Boxes Available

Facilitate your shoppers to make more purchases by having plenty of large boxes and storage bags available for carrying away the items they've bought. If you have spare boxes and bags lying around that you can part with, that's great. Otherwise, consider searching websites like Craigslist for free boxes or ask your local grocery store. More than likely, you can get a bunch of them for free.

DON'T Forget to Carry Change

Finally, don't miss out on potential purchases by not having any change on-hand. Most garage sale transactions are paid in cash, so you'll want to make sure you've got a fanny pack on you with enough change that you can break common denominations. Specifically, make sure you've got plenty of ones and quarters on you. Shoppers may get frustrated and decide to leave if you don't have change or have to run into your home to obtain it.

By taking the time to properly prepare and being open to negotiations from hagglers, you'll maximize your chances of a financially successful garage sale. Good luck!


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