Spring is here, and that means it’s time for a bit of garage cleaning. If you want to start the season with some decluttering, a garage sale is a great idea. You can shake the dust off old furniture, re-home unused Christmas decorations, and get rid of the kids’ outgrown clothing—while making money in the process! Win-win.
Here are six tips to make your next garage sale a hit.
Use your car to market the sale and get attention.
Signs and posters aren’t enough to get shoppers’ attention anymore. If you want to really draw people to your garage sale, make your car a vivid road marker.
Our recommendation? Tie balloons to the side mirrors and add text to the window with car marker. And if your home is in the middle of a neighborhood full of cul-de-sacs and roundabouts, you may want to park your vehicle somewhere highly visible, like near the entrance to your subdivision. That way curious shoppers can find their way to your home without any fuss.
You can even make good use out of parking your car in front of your home, especially if your house number is faded or simply difficult to see. Just write the address, in vibrant colors, on the window, and put a sign in your front yard.
Post your garage sale dates and location online.
The best way to guarantee a lot of shoppers come to your garage sale is to post the details online. This ensures that curious customers have a map of all the local sales so they don’t miss a single house. If you add your date, location, and the types of items you’re selling, you’ll get more sales.
Organize your wares with tables and displays.
Most people drive by a garage sale before deciding to take a closer look. They’ll look for furniture, organization, and bright colors, so bring out your folding tables, old tablecloths, and shelves to make your area more appealing. The extra space will help you spread everything out, which increases the odds people will find something to purchase. It also helps make it clear that your house is the one having a sale.
If your street is limited on space, make sure your potential customers have room to park by moving your vehicles somewhere else (see tip #1).
Have a neighborhood garage sale or group sale at the local church.
Garage sales are a lot of hard work. Individual garage sales might not get a ton of individual attention, but a full parking lot or yard overflowing with furniture and home decor can bring people in from the other side of town. Work together with a neighbor to make a bigger garage sale that will bring in a larger crowd.
A community garage sale is also a great opportunity to get to know your neighbors. You might end up swapping furniture, exchanging children’s clothes, and forming a closer connection with everyone on the block. If you are part of a church group, consider creating a church sale, too.
Know what you’re going to do with furniture and items that don’t sell.
No matter how well you plan your garage sale, there are going to be a few things that don’t sell. Whether you’re clearing out garage space for a new car or your family is moving to a new country, be sure to plan for the possibility of leftover “junk.”
Instead of putting everything back in the garage, make a plan to donate or toss your leftovers. Places like Goodwill or Salvation Army will often pick up furniture, and you can drop off a wide variety of clothing, home goods, and old appliances at a local donation center. Secondhand bookstores and vintage clothing stores will also offer you a small bit of cash on items they see value in.
If you are organizing a garage sale with your neighbors, even better! You can work together to haul away big items and divide up smaller loads for donation drop-offs, saving everyone time, hassle, and maybe even money.
Garage sales can help you start out the spring and summer with a fresh, clean slate. They’re also a great way to connect with your neighbors and make a tiny profit on things you no longer have a purpose for. Even if you sell that audio receiver for a quarter of its purchase price, you should be thrilled to get rid of it in exchange for some Andrew Jacksons. Every sale you make should be as fun as the last, because, in the end, you won’t have to put them back in their places. And that’s well worth the effort of holding a garage sale.
What are you going to do with all that extra space in your garage? Why not use that extra money and fill your garage with a new car, like the 2018 Nissan Kicks, a one-of-a-kind crossover that will hit our showroom floor this spring? With over 25 cubic feet of space and an exceptional 33-mpg rating, the Kicks is perfect for your everyday tasks.
Come check out the 2018 Kicks when it arrives at our Denville Nissan dealership later this season. Contact us at (973) 343-5004 or visit Nissan World of Denville at 3057 New Jersey 10 to browse our selection of new SUVs for sale. Good luck on your garage-sale adventure!
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