1. General Garage Sale Preparation: Decide what type of yard sale that you want to have. Niche sales like Mom-to-Moms, Manly Sales, Kids Toys Sales and Theme Sales can bring in shoppers from counties away, but require a bit more prep time.
2. Next, get your team together. Who is going to help you out, and who will have stuff to sell? Tell your neighbors when your yard sale is going to be held, so they can help keep an eye on things, or bring goods to sell.
3. Figure out what you are going to have to sell. Make a list of everybody’s Big Money items. Take photos of the best item or two that will be at your sale. You will want to create some ‘garage sale mania’ with your ads.
4. Effective garage sale advertising is HUGE. It is one of the most important aspects of garage sale planning. Please take a minute to read our Advertising a Garage Sale page before continuing here. Advertise your items in a number of free locations including Craigslist.
5. Prepare your items for sale. The time you spend in yard sale preparation will come back to you in profits. Make your items look good. Dust off stuff that’s been in storage for a while. Put price stickers on all your stuff. Look at your stuff through the eyes of a potential buyer.
6. Figure out your Garage Sale Organization plan. How will you arrange your tables and displays? Which host will have each area? We also discuss how to lay out tables for success. Click the link above.
7. If you live in a city, suburb, or organized neighborhood area, you may have garage sale rules that apply. Make sure that you abide by the rules, so you don’t get fined.
8. The day before your sale, do your final checks. Make sure all co-hosts are going to be there, and their items are priced. Make sure that you have cash and coinage to use for change. Get some of your tables and displays ready to roll.
9. The night before, get your signs and posters out (as long as that does not violate any rules in your area).
10. SAFETY. Make sure that everything detailed in our safety page has been checked. The last thing that you want to have happen at your yard sale is for somebody to get hurt.
MAKE SURE THAT YOU HAVE YOUR PARKING ARRANGED FOR SAFETY!