2. Get your friends together several weekends before your sale, and have them bring over their sale items. Go through your old stuff over drinks or food. It’s fun reliving the glory days with your friends. “Remember the night that I wore THAT top….?!”
3. Do your garage sale planning over dinner or a fun event with your co-hosts. Figure out how you want to organize your sale, and what items you will be featuring in your yard sale ads.
4. Brainstorm, and come up with a garage sale theme. Themes can be great fun for adults and children alike. You can dress up in cool attire and hang fun decorations. Theme garage sales can be HUGE profit makers. Advertised correctly, you will bring in shoppers for many miles and they will remember your sale for the next year.
5. Have an event the same day as the garage sale. Just make sure that it does not cause additional parking problems for your customers. Have a BBQ right after the sale for your co-hosts. Have outdoor games set up for the kids. Make your garage sale weekend something to look forward to.
6. Get the kids involved. Let them set up their own toy sale area and decorations.
7. Jam your favorite tunes at a respectful volume. Make sure that your music is tolerable for all of your customers, though. I have been to several yard sales, where customers were hanging out there, just for the music. I remember a Johnny Cash garage sale that was very popular, and they even had cool decorations.
8. If it’s hot outside, make sure that you stay hydrated. You may also want to have a spray bottle. Stay out of the sun as much as possible. Take a break and grab some AC inside if it’s unbearable. It’s no fun being uncomfortable.
9. Keep your garage sale open only during peak sales hoursand keep your garage sale to two days. See our related GSA pages for guidance.
10. Set an Early Bird Policy and stick to it. Dealing with disrespectful people is one of the irritating part of hosting a garage sale.