Spring and summer are the prime time of year for garage sales across the country. During spring cleaning and decluttering projects, there will be items that you no longer have room for in the home, but still need to keep. That is where renting a self storage unit comes in handy. Renting a self storage unit is great storage solution for items that you would like to sell in a future garage sale. Once the official garage sale day has been determined, it is time to remove the garage sale items that were placed in your storage unit. Then, it is time to start making plans for the actual day of the garage sale.
Garage sales can be held for multiple days, but usually Saturdays are the best day of the week to hold them. The items that are sold the most at garage sales are: collectibles, tools and sports equipment. In order to have a successful garage sale, you need to be prepared and organized. Below are a few tips to make your garage sale profitable:
Advertise Your Garage Sale
Use all available outlets for advertising your garage sale such as social media, newspaper, craigslist, and putting flyers up in local businesses. There are quite a few websites that will list garage and yard sales in the Savannah area including: Yard Sales Savannah or Garage Sales Savannah. If you are selling larger, more expensive items, place their photos, descriptions and cost on craigslist the week before your sale.
Setting Up Your Garage Sale
It is important to start prepping as early as possible for your garage sale. Gather materials that you will need for your sale such as poster board, colored price stickers, masking tape, Ziploc bags, markers and a money box. Save newspapers for wrapping fragile or delicate items. Have plastic bags and boxes on-hand to allow your customers to easily carry away their new items. On the day of the sale, have plenty of singles, fives and change for your money box. One person should be designated as being in charge of the money box.
Make sure that the items that you are putting in your garage sale are clean and not damaged or broken. Put like items, such all kitchen item, displayed together on a table or shelf. Put the larger, better looking items in the front of the sale, closer to the street, so people can see them as they drive by. Use nice crates, sturdier boxes & shelving units to display your items. Use bags to place loose parts of toys, games, collections together.
Price the Items to Sell
Do not over-price your sale items. The purpose of a garage sale is to try to make some money off of these items before they will be donated or thrown out. The average price of an item bought at a garage sale is $.85. Price the items with a bit higher for those people that want to haggle, but still low enough to entice buyers. If it is late in the day on the last day of your sale and you still have a lot to sell, then try slashing the prices to 50% off.
Set aside one box for free items like posters, smaller photo albums, frames or small children’s toys. This will help get rid of smaller items that you no longer need or want. If there are any free items left at the end of the day, either dispose or donate the items.
Good Customer Service Goes a Long Way
Being friendly with the people that are shopping at your garage or yard sale is the most important component in having a successful garage sale. Greet people when they walk up to the sale and say “Thank You” and “Goodbye” when they leave. If you are selling children’s items, have a table for the kids to color or do crafts while their parent’s shop the sale. If it is a hot day, have cold water on hand to purchase or give out.
If you have some items that you have decided to keep that did not sell during the garage sale, then consider renting a self storage unit. Stop N Stor has 6 locations in Hinesville, Port Wentworth and Savannah to serve any storage need from RV and boat storage to business and personal storage needs.