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Many of us see spring and summer as a time to de-clutter and clean house, and we’re glad to make a few bucks selling the extras. But there are more and less effective ways to sell castoffs. My husband is already in a state of ‘panic’ because we are going to remodel our garage, and I told him to ‘get a dumpster’ because we are getting rid of all this junk! He wants to have a garage sale first…because ‘one man’s junk, is another man’s treasure.’ I guess we will soon see who is right!

Here are a few tips n how to have a successful garage sale:

Advertise: The more people know about your sale, the more will come. Pepper the neighborhood with brightly colored signs, and advertise on Craiglist and websites like, in your local newspaper and on bulletin boards.

Plan carefully: Make sure you have small bills and quarters on hand to make change and a fanny pack or apron to keep your money secure. Have a power strip and batteries at the ready to show people that electrical items work. Remember to offer your shoppers bags: Plastic, paper, even old tote bags you never use.

Price things right: Remember that, even though the items you’re selling have sentimental value for you (or you remember what you paid for them), you can’t count on getting a lot for them at a yard sale.

Know what sells: The things that do best tend to be furniture, sporting goods, kitchen wares and tools. Toys and games can be good sellers if they are in good condition

What tips do you have for a successful garage sale?


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