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How to Organize a Garage Sale

Spring cleaning season is around the corner!  Don’t miss out on the opportunity to declutter AND get a little extra pocket money. After sifting through the attic or basement, collecting old gems that are no longer being used, why not take a chance and try a garage sale?

Here is how to organize a garage sale:

  • Plan the garage sale: Planning consists of picking a day and time. Most people opt for hosting their sales early on a Friday or Saturday morning, as these days tend to be more convenient, allowing for more foot traffic.
  • Check on permits: Some cities require a permit in order to run a garage sale. Check with a town clerk or visit the town hall website to ensure the garage sale is compliant.
  • Advertise: Try local newspapers, Craig’s List, or even putting up signs. The community will not know about the garage sale if you don’t tell them.
  • Gather supplies: Make sure to have surfaces to display items, take payments on, and a place to sit. Also, have manilla tape and sharpies. Don’t forget to stop at the bank and get change.
  • Sorting and pricing: Sort items by category before pricing them individually. This is where the manilla tape and sharpies come into play. Remember to price fairly, not everyone likes to haggle.
  • Sell: On the day of the garage sale, sit in a position that allows you to see customers walking up. Greet everyone and work the crowd. Try not to be too pushy. Stay back, while letting them know they are able to ask any questions.
  • Leftovers: At the end of the sale, there WILL be leftovers. You can try selling them on Craigslist, LetGo or make a charitable donation to the local Goodwill.

Garage sales are a lot of work, but we are here to help! Visit Raleigh Cary Realty to find more useful tips on keeping your house feeling like a home.

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