How to coordinate a solid garage saling experience whether you are the buyer or seller.
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I have spent many Fridays and Saturdays during the summer months attending garage sales, some successful, some not so much. I have also held a few sales of my own and understand the mindsets behind garage sale customers. Here are a few tips to help in implementing a winning sale or to prepare you for your garage sale adventures.
Make sure all items are clean and sanitary. I have attended many garage sales where ashtrays still contained ashes or where dinnerware was clouded with dust. Some might think that buyers will clean the purchases themselves, but you will definitely land a sale more efficiently with clean items.
Do price all of your items. Leaving the customer guessing will just frustrate them, and they will leave without purchasing anything. Also, pricing your items will relieve some of your stress as well because you won’t have customers constantly asking you for the costs.
When attending a garage sale, use your bargaining techniques sensibly. No one likes a customer who collects $30 worth of items and asks if he/she can purchase them for $10. However, if someone is selling a T.V. for $20, don’t be afraid to ask if they will take $15. As a buyer, start out lower. As a seller, start out higher, leaving room for negotiations.
Display some of your better items in full view. This will grab the attention of the customer. Also, lay out your items, so customers can readily view the merchandise. If your items are unorganized and cluttered, some of your merchandise can be lost in the shuffle.
Make sure your signs are clear, colorful and noticeable. You should place your signs at major intersections or on a highway close to your home. Make sure to draw arrows or make it clear as to what direction the prospective customer needs to follow. Also, have smaller signs along the route, leading them to the garage sale. I have had to drive down a few roads looking for the advertised sale because there were not enough signs. Also, advertise on craigslist or other free sites. Placing ads in a paper can be expensive, especially when people usually check both paper listings and craigslist listings when looking for a sale. Lastly, remember to remove signs promptly after sale.
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