Organize Your Spring Garage Sale

Organize Your Spring Garage Sale
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    Spring is the perfect season for holding a garage sale. It is the season of renewal and thoughts of working outdoors is on everyone's mind.

    That means homeowners will be looking at their furniture, tools and other outdoor items with an eye to perhaps getting rid of some stuff while even acquiring some new or gently used items.


Spring Garage Sale

As a homeowner, you can supply the gently used or at least the well worn, but still functional items that others might want. You’ve been planning to clean out your shed, garage and basement anyway, so why not hold a spring garage sale to clear out inventory and make some money?

Read on and we’ll look at ways for you to organize your spring garage sale.

1. Review your inventory. First, find out if you have enough inventory to hold a sale. If not, you may want to consider holding one with a neighbor or a friend. Second, get busy tagging your inventory, checking online on site’s like Craigslist to find out how people are pricing their stuff. Advanced planning will help you get organized for a successful spring garage sale.

2. Choose a date. Pull out your calendar and find dates this spring that would be ideal for holding a sale. If the weather in your area is typically warm and sunny, then most any Saturday will do. You may find, however, that a Saturday near Passover or Easter may not work so well. Nor might Mother’s Day weekend. Memorial Day weekend presents a mixed bag — a lot of people go away, but you will always find folks that will stay around for the long weekend. Plan to hold your sale for at least four hours — 8 a.m. to noon — later hours may work out well too as long as it isn’t very hot.

3. Get ready. In some locales, especially in certain subdivisions, homeowners need to have a permit or prior approval before holding a garage sale. Make sure that your sale complies with local regulations, by securing the permit in a timely manner or notifying your association’s community board of your plans. You may also need signs to direct people to your home, cash and coins to make change, tables borrowed from friends for display and boxes and bags for people to haul off their finds. Finally, post an ad on Craigslist as well as any other well-trafficked local site to announce your sale.

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4. Get organized. At least 24 hours before the start of your sale, set up everything for display. No, you won’t be putting everything in place outside of the garage, but whatever you will have on display in the garage can be showcased early on. Then, get up early on the day of your sale and start setting everything else up. If you have a lot of stuff, get help from family members and friends. You’ll need help anyway if you sell anything of great value such as hand tools or yard equipment — be aware of thieves!

5. Hold your sale. Unless you’re hit by a hurricane or other catastrophic event, hold your garage sale as planned. If there is a downpour, you’ll still attract a sizable crowd, people that want to get out and look for bargains. With your items priced right, you’ll move your inventory and make some money. Expect hagglers and be prepared to know your bottom price, especially for items that you simply do not want to give away. When the sale is over, thank your guests, ask them to bring their final purchases to you and end your sale. Remove all signage and clean up the yard and your garage.

Sale Notes

A garage sale can also help you prepare for a home renovation, by removing indoor clutter as well as outdoor items. When your sale is over, consider donating what you have to Goodwill, the Salvation Army, your local thrift shop or to Habitat for Humanity. Or carefully box up what didn’t sell to have on hand for your autumn garage sale.

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Matthew C. Keegan

Matt Keegan is a freelance writer and editor as well as publisher of "Auto Trends Magazine", an online publication. Matt covers campus, consumer, business and financial topics on various websites and weblogs, and has been published in the "Houston Chronicle", "Sam's Club Magazine" and "Wisconsin Golfer".