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Garage Sale Checklist – a Guide To Hassle-Free Sales

Garage Sale Checklist – a Guide To Hassle-Free Sales

Swing Bridge in Sale, Victoria - 1908
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Garage sales should be fun and hassle-free, with your goal to make some good money and off-load your unwanted items – our garage sale checklist is your hassle-free, step-by-step organiser for achieving this.

2-3 weeks before the sale
– Start sorting through your household for unwanted items
have the mindset that almost anything will sell if it is a bargain
– Price your items
price items about 25-35% of what they cost new (clothes are exceptions – 5-15% here)
– Pick a date and time for your sale
weekends are the best; avoid public holidays or special events

– Write your ad
give the address and hours of the sale; mention items that are of particular interest
– Place your ad in local newspapers and using free garage sale adversting sites
put up flyers on local community boards; inform neighbours as they might want to have a joint sale

1. week before the sale
– Make sure items are cleaned and repaired
the better condition it is in, the higher price you will get
– Determine where signs will go
in and around your neighbourhood is best; one in front of your house is smart too
– Make your signs
use arrows, print the address, start and end times, use big letters
1-2 days before the sale

– Set up your sale area
use tables to lay items out, display clothing hung up; you want to create an area so people can browse and shop in comfort
– Get checkout area ready
have plenty of change; spare bags; calculator; newspaper (to wrap fragile items); paper & pens
Night before the sale
– Put up signs
– Make some refreshments and have a radio ready to play some soft background music
Morning of sale

– Make sure your house is locked up and fully secure
don’t want to give buyers the opportunity to snoop around
– Open the gates/door to your sale
greet all customers with a freindly smile and “hello!”; be prepared to bargain with buyers

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Right after sale
– Take signs down
not only is this courteous to the environment, but you might incur a fine or penalty if you don’t
– Count your money and rejoice!

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