I spent the week getting ready for and having a garage sale - though it was really more in the yard than in the garage. The good news is, my garage is getting clean! The great news is, I made $600! Seriously, that is some great news. I am super excited.
Garage Sale Lessons learned:
- Mark more valuable things slightly higher than you want to sell them so you can say yes when the customer asks if you can come down in price.
- People would rather pay $1 for something than take it free. For some reason, free screams "not worthy" and $1 says "great deal"
- It is fun to give things to people.
- It is not fun to watch someone steal. I didn't say anything. But, I would have said, "If it's that important, just take it."
- I need new sunglasses. Walking in and out of the garage made my eyes feel crazy. The glasses were too dark inside the garage but just right in the bright sun.
- I feel guilty when friends come to my garage sale. I would rather just give them my stuff.
- There is something truly gratifying seeing people get excited about items that once meant something to me.
- Back to the free stuff~ Instead of giving something away, ask for a donation. I tried to give away some misc items (liquid kind) from a friend that moved (her movers couldn't move the items). The first interested person said he could not take it for free. So, he grabbed a handful of items and handed me 5 bucks. After that, I just asked for a donation. It was surprising how much people would hand me for half used bottles of spray paint and caulking.
- After the sale, offer to give one of your friend shoppers the rest of the loot. This really works with the children's clothes. My friend was so happy, she took bags of other stuff to donate for me. She insisted.
- Two day garage sales are best.
- When I am a grandparent (years and years from now), I am going to shop at garage sales. I saw many, many grandparents.
- There's no shame in asking. I had a customer ask if I had a baby gate. I ran inside and grabbed the baby gate that I had debated selling. It was a win-win situation.
- Say "yes" to Craig's List. I advertised on Craig's list. I also listed specific items that I was selling. I had a customer thank me for listing my items.
- Last but not least, make sure you have opportunities for bathroom breaks. I didn't really plan for that. I was smart to make sure my kids were well cared for but I was not smart enough to plan for bathroom breaks. (No worries, no accidents!)
Oh, one more thing, compliment your shoppers. Not because you are trying to secure a sale. Just compliment people.
I don't remember how much she bought, but I do remember the smile on the lady's face when I complimented her flip flops.