How to Plan a Garage Sale Before Moving
Packing is something we all dread especially when moving out of your house or apartment that you may have occupied for quite some time. There is a way to make this a lot easier on yourself. It’s about making sure you don’t spend time (and money) packing and moving things that you don’t really need to take with you. One of the easiest ways to get rid of all your unwanted things is to have a garage sale.
Ideas on How to Host a Successful Garage Sale
Garage sales might seem like a lot of work, but if you plan just a little ahead you’ll find them to be not so bad. You should definitely start planning early on, so you aren’t scrambling to organize a garage sale right before your move date.
Best Time to Have a Garage Sale
When it comes to garage sales, it’s all about timing. (There’s a reason winter garage sales aren’t super common!) Late spring to early fall is the ideal time of year and with Fall around the corner here in Jacksonville Florida it’s a perfect time even if your move isn’t until next spring. As for the day of the week, you’ll have better luck with foot traffic on days where people aren’t at work, so it’s best to Saturdays and Sundays. If you schedule it on a Saturday, you have the option to extend it to Sunday if things don’t sell as quickly.
As for the time of day, the earlier the better. Trust me you will have people arrive way before your start time looking for the ultimate deals. There people that do this every weekend! If you’re having your garage sale during the summer months, it will be much cooler in the mornings. It’s best if you can avoid being outside during the hottest hours of the day.
How to Organize a Garage Sale
Sort your stuff
Once you’ve decided on your date, it’s time to think about what you’re actually going to sell! This is a part of your pre-move decluttering process. Pick one room and start there, you could even do one room a day for a week. As you go through your things, think about how often you use each item. If you haven’t actually used something in months (or years!) then it’s time to toss it. You may have furniture or big items in a storage unit but moving them can be a pain. First Choice Movers offers our white glove delivery option. We can pick said items up from storage and deliver them to your house, hassle free! While you’re bound to come across a few things that you’ll just need to toss, there’s a good chance that most of your things can be sold. People will buy just about everything from old electronics, video games, clothing to furniture and trinkets. You can always donate or recycle anything that doesn’t end up selling.
Get the word out
It’s so important to let your community know, spread the word! Most people make signs to post around the neighborhood. Make sure you include all the important details like where it is, date, hours, and include a short general list of items you’ll have for sale, always leading with your most popular items. This helps people decide if your sale is worth a visit. Many people won’t want to take a chance unless they have some idea of what kinds of things you have for sale. This is also a good time to prep your on-site signs. These can be larger to catch the attention of people passing by and make it easier for people to find your sale. (The Dollar Tree has great signs & other supplies for garage sales)
You can also create an online ad to post on community message boards, free online classifieds, and on social media. Social media is especially great for spreading the word—you’ll reach more people when you get your friends to share your posts across their networks too.
Gather your supplies
Gather up any portable tables or lawn chairs to set up your goods to sell. If you have a bunch of clothes to sell, try to borrow a garment rack to hang them on. I’ve also used my garage door opened to hang items. You’ll also need stickers, tags, or tape in order to attach the prices to all your items. (Price tags are at the Dollar Store)
You should also make sure you have some cash on hand in order to make change. It’s a good idea to get a mix of smaller bills and coins ready to go. Pay a visit to the bank before sale day to get this part sorted.
Sort and price your items
Sort your items into categories first. It’s easiest to group like items together, like clothes, books, kitchen goods, decorations, etc. Once you’ve grouped them, you can start pricing your items. Try not to overprice things in the hope that people will end up paying more. People like to negotiate, but you also need to be realistic about how much people would actually pay.Remember people are looking for a deal and you need to get rid of this stuff so unless it’s super valuable let it go!
Try to get everything sorted ahead of time. This means putting all the grouped items together in boxes so they’re ready to go, hanging up any clothes, and having all your signs and supplies ready. On the day of the sale, all you should need to do is lay everything out and get it set up.
Sell, sell, sell
Customers at yard sales are always going to want to bargain with you. Just expect it to happen. Remember, the goal is to make it easier for you to get rid of the things you don’t want to move, so don’t get hung up on price. Consider how much of a hassle it would be if you have to get rid of it yourself—it might be worth it to accept a lower offer just to get it off your hands.
Make a plan for things that don’t sell
Realistically, you’ll probably end up with a few things that don’t sell. You can always gather up everything and drop it off at a local charity shop.
This is also a good time to deal with all the other things you couldn’t sell to begin with. If you’ve got a large amount of stuff to get rid of, it might be worth looking into hiring a junk removal company to clear everything out.
As always First Choice Movers offer a variety of services for any and all local & long distance moves, packing services, storage services, and furniture store delivery