Buying and Selling at a Garage Sale

Learn the ins and outs of the garage sale business.

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How to hunt

  • Look in the newspaper the night before for classified ads of sales. Figure out a route and stick to it, only stopping at other sales on that route.
  • Shop early for the best selection. Don't wait until Saturday. If the sale starts Thursday, go that day.
  • Pack snacks and drinks in the car to avoid any unnecessary stops.
  • Cary cash in small bills. -- Have an open mind as to what you may find.
  • Wear comfortable shoes.
  • Nab a friend or two to go with you.

How to sell

  • Make sure items are clearly priced.
  • Be sure to get at least $50 in change the night before the sale.
  • Avoid pricing anything for less than a quarter. It will make money handling easier.
  • Sell only junk you can get money for.
  • Have a yard sale with friends instead of alone.
  • Don't choose a start time that is too early or an ending time that is too late.
  • One day only. You don't need a two-day sale, especially when the best items have already been sold.
  • Advertise, advertise, advertise.
  • If you say "no early-bird sales," try to abide by your word.
  • Put out clearly marked signs to guide people to your sale.
  • Donate whatever is left over to charity.

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