How to hold a garage sale before moving


There are many benefits of having a garage sale or tag sale before moving. You will get to meet new people within your community while decluttering your home. You will also make some money selling household goods while lowering the cost of having your items moved. Here are some helpful tips and pointers on how to organize and hold a garage tag sale before moving.

Get Organized – Sort, Save, Toss, and Donate

Before you get started on this major project, make sure your community does not have any restrictions or regulations in place that may require you to get a permit to hold a garage tag sale in your neighborhood. Once that issue has been taken care of, you are ready to get started. Having a garage tag sale can be challenging but also fun at the same time. You will get to sort through things and decide what you will include in the garage tag sale while tossing out broken and unusable items. Family heirlooms and cherished valuables are items you will most likely want to keep. The garage tag sale will benefit you, your family, and others in several ways. You will make a profit from the sales. Those folks that purchase items will be happy with their new found treasures. Items that do not get sold can be donated to local charities to benefit those in need.

Pick a Date and Time to Host the Garage Sale

The most popular times for having a garage tag sale tend to be toward the end of the week and into the weekend with Saturdays and Sundays topping the list. During the warmer summer months, you may pick up some traffic and make some sales on a Friday, but the weekend days are generally best. Most folks are off from work on Saturdays and Sundays and have the time to enjoy exploring and discovering great finds and treasures among local garage tag sales in their neighborhood. You may want to include an alternate day and time in the event of bad weather such as rain.

The hours you set for your garage tag sale are totally up to you. Most families tend to set a starting time early in morning on weekend days between 7:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. with an ending time in the range of about 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., depending on the season and time of year. It all depends on your schedule and how much you have to sell as well as the number of people that will be lending you a helping hand. Some folks like to go to garage tag sales before the designated starting time to get the best deals so be prepared for early birds.

Spread the Word and Advertise Your Garage Sale

You can advertise your upcoming garage tag sale in a variety of ways. You can post flyers and ads within your community and neighborhood. Local town newspapers are a great way to get the word out and you can also place an ad on Craigslist. Check with your church to see if they have a bulletin board for members to post ads as this would be another good way to network and share the news with others. Many local grocers and small shops have community boards where you can post an ad for your upcoming garage tag sale. Make sure you include all the important information such as the dates and hours, location, and also provide those that read your ad with a preview of the garage tag sale by listing some of the items you will be offering.

Prepare and Price Your Household Items for Sale

As you sort through the items to be included in your garage tag sale,carefully clean and prepare them for display. Determining the value of an item you have had for a long time is not an easy task. Helpful tips and pointers on how to price your sale items are available at Real Simple, Today, and The Denver Post. If you have never had a garage tag sale before and you still want to explore how the process works, one of the best ways to learn is to visit a few neighborhood yard sales in your area to get a better idea of the pricing system and how to determine value. You can have a little fun during the process as a mystery shopper while perhaps picking up a few treasures of your own.

Get Materials and Supplies to Prepare for Your Garage Sale

The next stage in preparation for your garage tag sale is to collect and pick up materials and supplies. After you gather the list of supplies below, you will want to place price stickers on all of your sale items and get set up and ready to welcome shoppers.

  • Tables and stands to hold sale items
  • Chairs to sit on during the sale
  • Pricing tag stickers
  • Markers and pens
  • Inventory list of all sale items
  • Sufficient change (bills and coins)
  • Strongbox to hold change
  • Calculator
  • Newspapers and twine to secure fragile items for customers
  • Empty shopping bags and cartons for customers to carry their purchased treasures



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