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garage sale officially going ahead!

August 10th, 2011 at 02:38 am

I booked an ad in the newspaper today. Hopefully it doesn't work against us, but I booked it with a state wide newspaper rather than the local one. Our local wanted $55 for one day, $75 for two day ad, whereas the statewide papers' ad was $18.54! I know a few people who read the statewide ad so I'm figuring people DO read it in our area, and the woman taking the details said she does list ads regularly for garage sales in our area. I just can't justify paying that much for 8 lines of text (funnily enough, we got 10 lines in the statewide one...!)

We don't even have to buy price stickers because DH has some from his home-brewing kit. He thought it would be a good idea to stamp the stickers with a date and stick it on the top of the bottle - then found out it's just easier to write a number on the cap instead, with pen.

Hopefully we sell some stuff. DH is even letting go of MORE bigger items too, which is extremely exciting. A few tables, like I mentioned in a previous post, plus a snowboard & associated gear, an electric stainless steel oven (my boss actually gave it to me - hoping to get $100 for it, but would be happy with $50 or $40 if someone offers). I'm going to go through my baking-ware drawer too. I have so much stuff I have been given that I don't use. Who needs seven muffin trays??? I have books to sell too, and clothes.

Any tips from fellow SA'ers who have held garage sales? It's been so long since I was involved in one, and even then I was very young.

4 Responses to “garage sale officially going ahead!”

  1. rob62521 Says:

    Do you have a Facebook account? Many people around me post their sales on it. Good luck with your sale.

  2. LuckyRobin Says:

    Keep your money (both what you collect and what you have for making change) on your body. A belt bag around your waist is best. Make sure you have enough change. People come to garage sales and buy something for $1 but want to pay with a $20 or a $50. Make sure you have some shade or a small covered area to sit under. It keeps the sun from burning you no matter what the season since you are spending most of the day outside.

  3. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Too bad I'm not near you - I'd take a muffin pan or two off your hands. Smile (One of the things I discovered I'd for some indiscernible reason, given away two years ago.)Hope the sale goes well!

  4. creditcardfree Says:

    I completely agree with LuckyRobin's advice. Although we always sit in our garage for shade. Hang clothes if possible, otherwise nicely folded stacks of like items together. Kitchen items together. Tools together. Sporting goods next to each other. Big items in the driveway. The better organized and set up the more appealing it is to shop and people stay longer browsing your stuff.

    We always mark things for 25 cents or more. Then we don't have to deal with dimes and nickels. Be willing to take less than the amount you post, within reason of course.

    Make bright signs to post with arrows on nearby street corners to make it easier to find you. If you know of any free websites in your area that you can post your sale to, that is always a big help. I use craigslist, which I believe is world wide.

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