How to Hold a Successful Garage Sale

If you have an upcoming move planned, you might be looking for ways to make your life simpler and easier. If so, you might want to look into hosting a garage sale. A garage sale can be an easy way to make a few dollars before your move, which is always a good thing! However, more relevantly, a good garage sale can help you downsize to prepare. Having fewer items you love instead of many items you don’t care for can greatly increase the efficacy of your moving and storage experience--and will definitely make your moving bill less expensive.

Here are a few things to consider when you’re thinking about hosting a garage sale:

  1. Do some reconnaissance to figure out when the best time to have your garage sale might be. A good place to start is simply by figuring out when other garage sales are held in your area. Looking online for other people who may also be preparing for long distance moving can give you an idea of when most garage sales are held. Schedule yours for a similar time.
  2. If you don’t have enough items to justify having your own garage sale, consider hosting a neighborhood sale instead. This way, multiple different people from your neighborhood can come together to sell the items they don’t need! You’ll also be able to advertise further and with more items, which will draw more people to your sale.
  3. Take the time to organize your items. This will make it easier to donate anything which you don’t sell, and will also make it easier and more attractive for casual visitors to see what you have on offer.
  4. Optimize the visual effect of your items. Polish up that rolltop desk, and make sure that any clothing items are washed and hung up properly. It’ll take a little bit of effort on your part, but your items will be far more likely to sell easily.
  5. Placing price tags on every item will help. Your future customers need to know what to expect! This will also take time, but it’s an investment that will pay off in the end.
  6. Print out flyers and yard sales to advertise your garage sale. In this Internet age, you might also be able to use geo hashtags and social media marketing to let people know you’re having a sale, as well.
  7. Before you have your sale, go to a bank and get 75-100 dollars in change. It’s an easy step, but one that will make the financial side of your garage sale much, much easier.
  8. Don’t be afraid to negotiate! Because your primary reason for hosting this garage sale is to get rid of some of your items, don’t get caught up in sticking to your sticker prices. If someone’s willing to take something off your hands for a slightly lower price, let them. It’ll be worth it!

Ultimately, one of the best things you can do to help out your professional movers (and drive down your moving costs) is to reduce the number of belongings you need to relocate. Hosting a garage sale is one great way to be able to do just that!

When you’re looking for a moving company that cares about your experience and is willing to work with you on your upcoming move, look no further than 495 Movers for practised expertise. We can’t wait to serve you with every tip and trick we have up our sleeves!

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