This is no day to sleep in! Rise and Shine with that pesky rooster that lives next door. It’s garage sale morning! This is your day. It’s time to get your game on!
Garage Sale Morning
1) List Your Garage Sale on Craigslist
O-dark-thirty is an excellent time to list your garage sale on Craigslist in order to give those customers time to make their list before heading out. You may choose to do this the evening before your garage sale, however, we have found that the sale tends to get lost in the sea of sales by the next morning. If you are working from two households with two different Craigslist accounts then do both. List off the types of items you have, tell them which signs to follow, give a time, and address.
Here’s a sample Craigslist ad:
Multi Family Garage Sale
Follow the yellow and pink signs from 120th Street in Anytown!
You will find:
Tons of books for ages tween to adult
Clothes kids to adult
Toys and games
Great selection of frames
Halloween and Christmas decor including wreaths
Build-a bears, clothes and accessories
Lots of baskets all shapes and sizes
PS2 and Wii games
Lots of vases
Shoes for all types of wear most in like new condition
Skis and ski boots
Come take a look today from 9:00 – 4:00!
Many communities also have Facebook groups that you can advertise on. Get the word out!
2) Put Out Garage Sale Signs
Lead the droves in from the main road and be sure to encourage them along the way with arrows in your appointed color/colors and large signs at each turn.
3) Pull Tables Out
All that organization the day before your garage sale will really pay off today! Pull those tables out. If it’s a mild day, take as much out as possible. If it looks like rain or your customers may melt in the heat, keep as much inside as possible.
The more you can see outside from the road, the less ‘drive-byes’ you will have. People want to see the stuff! Furniture, guy stuff, and other big items should be strategically placed where those driving by can’t help but stop to see what other treasures they may find.
It’s debatable whether you put signs out first or pull your tables out and it really depends on how much help you have. If you’re all by yourself, you will need to put signs out first so you don’t leave your merchandise hanging out without someone watching over it. Of course, you will have people showing up before you can get your tables out. For this reason, we get set up and then two of us put the signs out in strategic locations while someone else is running the sale.
4) Get your Change Ready
You’re already prepared for a successful garage sale with the change, you just need to put it in your checkout spot. For goodness sake, don’t leave the change box alone!
5) Put a Smile on Your Face!
You will, indeed, meet many different people. Some you know and many you don’t. A smile goes a long way! It doesn’t mean you’re a pushover, it means you’re a genuinely happy and confident person.
Just for giggles, practice nodding, smiling and saying ‘no’ at the same time. Can you do it?!
Today is going to be a great garage sale day!