Garage Sale – Jiffy Self-Storage https://www.jiffystorage.com Mon, 24 Sep 2018 09:31:19 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 4 Tips For Throwing A Successful Garage Sale https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/garage-sale/4-tips-throwing-successful-garage-sale/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/garage-sale/4-tips-throwing-successful-garage-sale/#respond Fri, 14 Jul 2017 15:10:45 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/?p=186228 One of the most culturally universal events throughout North America is the garage sale. Garage sales are synonymous with both junk and hidden gems. Everyone has, at some time in their life, driven past a sign on a telephone pole for a garage sale, seen an advertisement in the local paper, or even attended one
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One of the most culturally universal events throughout North America is the garage sale. Garage sales are synonymous with both junk and hidden gems. Everyone has, at some time in their life, driven past a sign on a telephone pole for a garage sale, seen an advertisement in the local paper, or even attended one in person. If you have never thrown a garage sale before, or have tried and not gotten the results you were hoping for, below are some tips for throwing a successful one.

How To Throw A Garage Sale

Start by making the unemotional decisions

One of the major risks of a garage sale is that you will get rid of something that you will later regret having sold. The best way to avoid doing this is to focus on those things that you know you won’t regret selling. This includes old books, magazines, and CD’s that have been lying around in boxes for ever, or gifts you have been given that are still in boxes and have never been, nor are likely to be, used. If you have any items that take up too much space but you’re not quite ready to sell them, consider self-storage.

Make sure things look clean

Just because people are knowingly buying something that you and your family have used in the past, and probably at a hefty discount, doesn’t mean that they are willing to buy something that looks old and dirty. If you are selling things covered in dust and dirt, people are probably not going to look twice. Break out the dust rag and wet cloths and give everything you are trying to sell a once over.

Extension cords for electronics

If you are selling any electronics, people will probably want to make sure that it works before putting their money down. Having some extension cords running into the house so that an old blender, stereo, or lamp, for example, can be plugged in, showing people that they still work, will incite more people to make a purchase.

Advertise

The main reasons most garage sales are a bust is because they were not properly advertised. It takes very little effort to walk around your neighbourhood, spreading out for a couple of square blocks, and placing some flyers on the telephone poles, or hitting up the local rec-centres and placing some homemade print ads on their community bulletin boards. If you are willing to splurge, you can even place ads in your local newspaper for garage sales.

A garage sale should be something you approach as a business venture, as well as a way to declutter. You want to get rid of things that you know you are not going to be using anymore, you want the people who show up to be impressed by the quality and cleanliness of the sale, and most importantly, you want people to know you are having a garage sale so that they actually show up.

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6 Tips For A Successful Garage Sale This Spring https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/garage-sale/6-tips-successful-garage-sale-spring/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/garage-sale/6-tips-successful-garage-sale-spring/#respond Mon, 28 Mar 2016 14:54:49 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/?p=185380 Spring has sprung and it’s time to declutter! A garage sale is a fun, and even profitable way to clear your house out of items you no longer need or use. It’s also a great way to meet neighbours, and perhaps make someone’s day. Remember, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure” ! Use these
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Spring has sprung and it’s time to declutter! A garage sale is a fun, and even profitable way to clear your house out of items you no longer need or use. It’s also a great way to meet neighbours, and perhaps make someone’s day. Remember, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure” !

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Use these tips to ensure your garage sale is a big success!

  1. Pick the Right Date

    Garage sales traditionally fall on a Saturday or Sunday. You may also want to coordinate with your neighbours and throw a street sale, which will draw more traffic to the area and can also be a fun neighbourhood event.

  2. Advertise

    When it comes to throwing a successful garage sale, advertising is everything! Your ad should include such pertinent information as:

    • Time and date of garage sale
    • Address of home, and any major intersections/landmarks
    • Types of items being sold

    While the traditional form of advertising garage sales is sidewalk posters, the internet now provides us with many other advertising options such as Craigslist, Kijiji, and Facebook. Utilize all platforms to get the word out about your sale!

  3. Organize Your Items

    Enhance people’s shopping experiences, and speed up sales by keeping your items carefully organized. Group smaller, similar items in boxes with prices clearly marked. Set up tables and racks so that everyone can see items clearly. Keep similar items in the same area. People are more likely to stop at an organized looking garage sale than a cluttered one.

  4. Make It Lively

    You may choose to liven up the typical garage sale experience by adding on things, for instance:

    • A lemonade stand
    • Baked goods, or snacks
    • BBQ
    • Live music

    All these things will draw more people, and make your garage sale more of a fun, social event.

  5. Include Others

    Perhaps you want to get rid of some things, but don’t feel that you have enough things for a whole garage sale. This doesn’t mean you have to back down! Discuss with family, friends, and neighbours to see if they’d like to combine their garage sales. Things work best when everyone works together!

  6. Have a Float

    If you don’t usually work with cash, you may forget about this one–make sure you’ve got lots of change! Go to the bank ahead of time and over prepare with a large float. The last thing you want to do is run out of change.

Garage sales are a great part of the warmer months! By advertising, and organizing your sale properly you’re sure to draw a large crowd. Happy spring, and have fun!

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