With Spring around the corner, and garage sales on the horizon, I thought I would share a few tips. With the economy the way it is, sales are a great opportunity for buyers and sellers.
*Price low. If you want to get rid of stuff, go with low prices. (I'm going to share some guidelines I've found helpful)
*Post signs. Keep sign on every other block and every corner where a turn is required. Make sure the address and sale dates are large and easily readable. Add balloons to attract the eye.
*Promote yourself. Advertise in the newspaper and on Craigslist, Facebook and bulletin boards.
*Sell with others. Doing a sale alone is a lot of work, and it will bring in more people knowing there is more than one family involved.
*Sell to early birds. Charge extra-say, a $10 "tax" for a purchase- for such customers.
*Keep it short. Make the sale one or two days, not three.
*Cut prices. Advertise that everything is half-price on the last day or afternoon.
*Group small items. Sell everything for a $1.00 or more to eliminate coins
*Prime hours are from 8a.m. to 5p.m. Thursday, 8a.m. to noon Friday, and 9a.m. to 3p.m. Saturday
*Donate anything not sold. Several charities will pick up items.
*Don't take your purse or wallet. To avoid overspending, keep quarters, ones and fives in a pocket.
*Shop later. Shop in the late afternoon or on the last day for the best bargains. Unless you are looking for a particular item that you "have" to have.
*Be smart. Skip cribs, mattresses, car seats and helmets because of possible safety concerns.
*Leave your name. Ask to be called if an item remains unsold and the seller is willing to accept your price.
*dishes (setting of 4) $5-$15
*Gadgets, about $1
*Microwaves(working) 1/4 of cost
*Pots and pans, $1-$3
Toys and Games
*Action figures, .25-$1.50
*Fisher-Price toys, electronic toys and video games, 25% of cost
*Complete board games or puzzles, $1-$3
*Stuffed animals, .25-$7
*Analog TVsets, free
*Hardcover books, $1-$2
*Kids books, .25-$1
Videos and DVDs, $1-$5
*Pants and overalls, $1 to $2
*Power tools, 25% to 30% of cost
*Sporting goods, 20% to 30% of cost
*Bicycles, 25% of cost
*Furniture, 25% of cost
*Costume Jewelry, $1-$5
*Men's suits, $5-$25
If garage sales aren't your thing, find consignment shops, resales places, or use craigslist. You might not get what you want, but you will be rid of it with a little extra in your pocket.
Have a Fabulous Friday Friends! ♥ BJ