By in Random

Garage Sale Virgin

This Saturday, I'm taking the plunge and holding my very first garage sale.

Yes, my parents had them when I was younger, but I didn't pay much attention.

So, I plan on posting an ad on a local Facebook page and on Craigs List. I am hoping that will drive some customers my way. I am also going to put up some signs directing people to my driveway. They can't come if they don't know about it, right?

I'm just nervous, I guess. I have a lot of big items for sale, including a mini fridge and a TV stand. I also have a ton of baby stuff that I want to get rid of. I think I'm scared of putting in a ton of work and not getting rid of anything. My ultimate goal is to earn enough money to go home for Christmas (or at least put a dent in the amount we need to save), but I am also looking to gain some space in our home. Our storage areas are really full, and I'd like to clear them out.

Any other advice? I am flying blind, here, so anything will help. Thanks!

You will need an account to comment - feel free to register or login.


MegL wrote on September 2, 2014, 2:21 PM

I don't like to put a dent BUT I have heard that people don't get as much for stuff as they might expect. Good luck anyway.

AngelSharum wrote on September 2, 2014, 3:19 PM

Good luck with the sale. Abby gave you some great advice. Garage sales can be fun. Be friendly with the people and just go with it.

paigea wrote on September 2, 2014, 3:59 PM

Good luck. Abby gave you good advice. I've only gone to garage sales, never held one. I only buy something if it's something I really want as I already have too much stuff! but I like going.

Lowdown0 wrote on September 2, 2014, 5:17 PM

My only advice is to sit somewhere where your not making people nervous when they come up to look at stuff. The best garage sales have the person working on it not staring at you when you come up to look at stuff. Be sort of invisible and off to the side busy with something. Be observant if they need to ask a question, but don't stare at them. You'll likely make more money than you'll think.

sconstantino wrote on September 2, 2014, 5:31 PM

Holy cow that was a lot! Thanks for the advice! I will definitely use it!

LoudMan wrote on September 2, 2014, 7:42 PM

Start early. Garage sale shoppers are out as early as 7 a.m.

Ellis wrote on September 2, 2014, 7:43 PM

Are you allowed to sell virgins at a garage sale then? lol

allen0187 wrote on September 3, 2014, 12:07 AM

Good luck with your garage sale. I'm a fan of garage sales and I've held a couple myself. I''l write my thoughts in a post and I'll make sure to tag you sconstantino .

BarbRad wrote on September 4, 2014, 3:06 AM

I'm not the most successful garage sale seller, but I've have several. I would suggest you have a friend help you. Make sure you have lots of change on hand and make regular trips into the house to put any large amounts away. You do need help so you can get away to do this, take necessary bathroom breaks, and grab snacks through the day. Keep any money an change on your person. Watch for large groups that mob you before you're open. They have been known to shoplift. If you can do it, have extra helpers in the first two hours you are open. Also everything &AbbyG said.