The Day Before Your Garage Sale

You have found a great location, joined forces with friends, signage is ready to go, price tags are waiting, and you are prepared to make change. What now? It’s the day before your garage sale and it’s time to set up shop!

You have found a great location, joined forces with friends, signage is ready to go, price tags are waiting, and you are prepared to make change. What now?! It's the day before your garage sale and it's time to set up shop!

The Day Before Your Garage Sale


1) Tables

Everything sells better if it is within easy reach. Borrow the tables you need! It also works to turn over big boxes to use as tabletops. Have saw horses? Use an old door or piece of wood on top for extra table space.

2) A Place for Clothes

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Clothes sell best when hanging. We purchased a Collapsible Clothing Rack just for this purpose. It has definitely been well used over the years and helped us earn more money for our clothing.

Garage Sale Clothing Rack

We also have used a make shift clothing rack out of two ladders, a rod, and bungee cords. Use caution with this method.

Garage Sale Clothes

3) Merchandise your Items

Organize your items by what they are and what you have.

Table categories we have used are:

  • Books/Media
  • Toys
  • Linens
  • Housewares
  • Decorations
  • Christmas
  • Electronics
  • Jewelry/Candles
  • Bags/Purses
  • Guy Stuff
  • Clothing
  • Shoes

Tip: Candles and crayons are usually better in the shade to avoid melting. Ask me how I know!

You will find Garage Sale Table Signs here!

Garage Sale Set Up

4) Turn boxes Over

Not enough room?! Turn boxes over and use them under tables. As merchandise sells, you can move it up!

Garage Sale Tables

5) Price Merchandise!

Shoppers prefer items are priced to avoid an awkward check out. With multiple sellers, be sure to have your initials on the price sticker.

6) Sales Record

Use a spiral notebook and make columns for each of the sellers. It works great to have one person adding up and telling another person which column to give credit to.

7) Table for Check Out

Set up a small table for check out. This table will hold your register/cash box and have enough room for adding up merchandise.

8) Bags

Recycled bags from the grocery store are great to have on hand. Your customers will appreciate it.


Pull your tables into the garage for the night or cover with tarps for an easy set up!

You’re prepared and ready to rock and roll! Have fun with all the new and interesting people you meet!

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5 comments… add one
  • Jessica Apr 1, 2015, 6:29 am

    Awesome tips! I just had a huge garage sale recently and it was a total success, I did some of the same things. Another tip I would add is if you have small children, make sure you give them something to do. I bought a 50 pack of small chip bags and 40 pack of waters from Sam’s and had my little one in charge of it. It was a huge success and she was able to keep the money.

  • How Do The Jones Do It Apr 1, 2015, 9:50 am

    Aren’t garage sales fun?! Great tip Jessica! People who shop at garage sales usually love a snack. My son even played his electric guitar at one of our garage sales;0)

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