Over many years living in a home, unnecessary items and junk are bound to accumulate. If you are moving soon, planning to move, or even in the process of packing, it might be in your best interest to host a garage sale to declutter and get rid of unwanted things properly. Many people see moving houses as an opportunity to start fresh without the baggage of the past, holding them down. Having and hosting a moving sale before moving out is a great way to lighten your load and make some extra cash while doing it. Who can complain about that? If you are thinking of hosting a moving sale in Toronto, read our guide to find tips on how to best make use of your time for a successful garage moving sale.
When should I host a moving sale?
The best time to host a moving sale is just before you move. The issue is that most people aren’t sure whether that means three months before you move or three weeks. A month before you move out is usually a good time frame to host a sale and have sufficient time to get rid of unwanted items. Ideally, you won’t want to sell some old items (such as a bed or mattress) before you upgrade and get new ones because you may then run the risk of having to do without these necessities for an extended period until you get your replacements. If you are replacing furniture or upgrading items, wait until you choose your replacements or know what you will buy before you sell the old ones. At the very least, have a back-up plan, which may mean sleeping on your couch or futon in the meantime. When you do choose a date for your moving sale, Saturdays or Sundays usually work best for most people, as that gives them free time to check out the sale. Spring and summer are ideal seasons for having garage/moving sales in Toronto, and you will want to check the weather beforehand, as a bright, sunny day will attract more people.
Advertise on Social Media
One major aspect of your moving sale will be the advertising and marketing that you must do to ensure you attract buyers and keep the momentum going up until the day of the sale. Post ads on sites like Kijiji and Craigslist, and use your social media platform on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to make your moving sale known to the public. Be sure to include details like the date, address, and maybe even a couple photos of items for sale to entice customers. You might want to add your phone number as well so that people have a way of contacting you. Remember to print some posters also and pin them up around the area, as that will guide locals to you and catch the eyes of passersby. Make sure to check local rules and regulations ahead of time so that you can rest assured you are not crossing any legal limits by hosting your moving sale in Toronto.
Create a Pricing List
In preparation for your moving sale, work out the prices for your items and create a guide for customers or label each item to make it easier. Make sure that you are pricing items fairly, and be open to haggling and negotiation. You can also offer bulk deals on certain items to make it worthwhile for buyers (such as buy two, get one free). Remember to be flexible, as this will allow your items to be sold for reasonable prices and keep potential buyers from walking away empty-handed. For sentimental or pricier items that you aren’t willing to negotiate on, label the price as “firm” to deter lower offers.
Get the Street Involved
The only thing better than a garage sale is an even bigger garage sale! If you can get your neighbours, family, or friends in on it, it’s likely to be even more of a hit. The better the inventory and more variety, the more attractive your garage sale will be to others. If you can get some neighbours involved who live on your street, then it will be especially enticing and convenient for those visiting or nearby.
Offer Refreshments for a Friendly Touch
If you want to go the extra mile to make sure customers feel welcome and have a good time, offer light snacks and refreshments during your moving sale. Not only will this entice buyers, but it will also ensure that they and their children or families are comfortable while browsing through the items. This is an especially useful tactic during the warm summer when sales can get crowded and hot. You can even sell some baked goods or food if you are inclined to cooking.
As you begin to pack your belongings and make arrangements for your big day, remember to have fun in the process and don’t sweat the small stuff. You can always donate items that don’t sell or give them away to friends and family members. Moving can be stressful for some, so don’t take on more than you can handle. For more information on storage options in Toronto and moving supplies, please call Jiffy Self-Storage at 416-74-JIFFY (54339) or contact us here.