Garage Sale Morning

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!

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. Time to get your game on!

You’ve done your homework after reading 5 Things To Do Before Your Garage Sale and The Day Before Your Garage Sale. Now it’s GO TIME!

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
Designer jeans
Toys and games
Great selection of frames
Office accessories
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
Home decor
Shoes for all types of wear most in like new condition
Skis and ski boots
Motorcycle helmet

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.

Garage Sale Sign

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!

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23 comments… add one
  • Christina @ Embracing Simple Apr 13, 2015, 7:44 am

    Loving your positivity on running a garage sale! I’m going to direct my good friend here; she is planning a garage sale for later this spring and said she is having a heck of a time getting through the whole process. This is some awesome advice for her 🙂

  • How Do The Jones Do It Apr 13, 2015, 7:59 am

    Thank you Christina! Garage sales are so much fun!!!

  • Kara @ The Daily Whisk Apr 13, 2015, 8:32 am

    I’m trying to motivate myself to have a garage sale this year….this helps!

  • kay ~ Apr 13, 2015, 8:33 am

    I love your garage sale advice! I love going to garage sales and picking through people’s stuff and I love running ’em. The community garage sale is this weekend (they’re only allowed one per year), and I’ve already sold everything on ebay and Craig’s List, but I do have a dining room table to sell. Any advice on how to get that ONE thing noticed amongst all the competition? Having only one thing to sell may look a little too pathetic, maybe? Then I’m not sure if I’m overpriced or under-priced. Argh!

  • kay ~ Apr 13, 2015, 8:34 am

    P.S. I want to go to your garage sale! 🙂

  • How Do The Jones Do It Apr 13, 2015, 11:05 am

    Ask the fancy dog neighbor if you can add it to her garage sale;0) TeeHee! It is hard to get a fair price for furniture at garage sales. I would do a craigslist ad letting people know where to look. Are you a part of a Facebook sale group in Florida yet? Promote that table;0)

    It might be a long drive for you to come to our garage sale;0) Maybe when you start that caravan!

  • kay ~ Apr 13, 2015, 11:13 am

    I deleted Facebook a few years ago. I keep saying I’m going to go back, but I just can’t seem to do it. That’s a great idea with Craigs List. We bought this table and chairs a few weeks ago and I regretted it immediately. It’s so pretty, but it’s too heavy looking for my minimalist motif. Now I just want it out of the garage! Thanks Jayleen! Please DO have a garage sale when that caravan comes to town! 😀

    (tee heeee, fancy dog neighbor. I wonder how she’d like knowing that’s her name now.) 😛

  • How Do The Jones Do It Apr 13, 2015, 1:53 pm

    You will be glad you did! What’s better than getting rid of stuff you don’t want and earning money doing it?!

  • How Do The Jones Do It Apr 13, 2015, 1:56 pm

    I was wondering how you had a table to sell. Didn’t you move with nothing more than what you fit in your van?! Good luck selling it!

    Oh … and I think your fancy dog neighbor needs your blog address;0)

  • kay ~ Apr 13, 2015, 4:49 pm

    Yes ma’am, only what would fit in the minivan. And most of that is gone now, since selling on ebay and craig’s list. We had to buy all new dishes, pots, pans, etc. We made some weird choices when we left of what to and what not to bring, but I’m pretty happy with the results now. 🙂

  • How Do The Jones Do It Apr 13, 2015, 5:09 pm

    It sounds like fun to start fresh and new! I’m happy you’re happy:0)

  • Abigail @ipickuppennies Apr 13, 2015, 6:56 pm

    Yep, make sure to have plenty of change. You should buy a bunch of quarters and plenty of ones. It’s a common garage sale mistake, I think.

    I like poking around other people’s sales, but I don’t think we will be up for having any of our own. We’ll use Craigslist, clothing resellers and then donate the rest.

  • Rosemarie Groner Apr 13, 2015, 9:25 pm

    I loved this post! I should really have a garage sale. I live in the densely populated suburbs of Northern Virginia. I bet I would make a killing up here. We utilize Facebook yard sale groups and craigslist heavily, but there’s only so much that people will drive out for.

  • How Do The Jones Do It Apr 13, 2015, 9:30 pm

    Great tip Abigail! Craigslist is great too! There are so many good ways to turn our junk into treasures.

  • How Do The Jones Do It Apr 13, 2015, 9:43 pm

    That’s the best way to get top dollar! Garage sales are great for all that other stuff. I hope you try it and make a lot of moolah!

  • Kirsten Apr 14, 2015, 10:04 am

    we are hoping to do a garage sale soon – our first, and I’m so nervous! It’s hard to figure out how we are going to manage it all with two young kids and no help, but we have go so much crap and so much debt! So we are going to figure it out!!

  • How Do The Jones Do It Apr 14, 2015, 10:33 am

    You can do it! I’m cheering for you Kirsten!

  • Ann @ The Clumsy Wife Apr 17, 2015, 1:23 pm

    Saw your feature at The Robin’s Nest. Great tips for garage sale day!!

  • How Do The Jones Do It Apr 17, 2015, 1:28 pm

    Thank you for stopping by Ann! Garage sales are a lot of fun!!!

  • Sarah@TheOrthodoxMama Apr 17, 2015, 4:29 pm

    Found you through Feather Your Nest Friday. Great tips! When I was frequently shopping garage sales, signage was my pet peeve. All you really need is a sign that says garage sale with big arrows. People tend to clutter them up and make it difficult to follow. Yours are excellent!

  • How Do The Jones Do It Apr 17, 2015, 8:48 pm

    It’s true! It doesn’t need to be fancy, just the facts;0)

  • Sharon Rowe Apr 19, 2015, 2:35 pm

    This article is full of really great advice! Thanks for sharing on Monday Madness link party 🙂

  • Lory from The Robin's Nest Designs Apr 20, 2015, 2:06 pm

    Thanks so much for linking up at Feather Your Nest Friday. 🙂
    Lory xo

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