How to make more money from your garage sales


It’s very simple to have a garage sale. You are opening your garage, putting up some signs and waiting for people to come and give you money for your stuff.

Like most things in life, though, you’ll get rid of your products quicker and make more money if you put a little effort into your garage sale.

If you’re going to go through the trouble of selling a garage, you should do the stuff you need to make sure it’s a success.

You can go above and above an ordinary garage sale with a few tricks, and make it one to remember!

But first, you can ask yourself if there is even a garage sale near you.
When considering having a garage sale

This is definitely not the perfect time to hold a garage sale if you’re super busy. If decluttering is on your list of things to do but you don’t have much time, donating your goods to a thrift store is probably the best way to do it.

You’re not going to make money, but your room is going to be clutter-free, and you’re going to have helped a company keep its doors open.


When you have only a few things that accumulate dust, a yard sale isn’t your best choice.

Try listing products on eBay elsewhere, if they have a certain interest. Online retailers make the sales process easier so it shouldn’t be too much hassle to list a few products to see if they’re sales.

You can list your products on Facebook Marketplace, if you don’t want to deal with shipping. There are other sites to sell your products locally such as Craigslist, OfferUp and Letgo, but the only one you need is Facebook Marketplace.

And if you have the time and a lot of stuff to get rid of, your best bet is a yard sale! I’d say that if you have a two-day sale, a fair period of time to expect to spend on your garage sale is 20-40 hours!

It’s going to take several hours to go through the things, set up everything, promote everything and you’re going to want to keep the sale running for at least 8 hours a day.

The last thing to remember is to have garage sales at your home. Some homeowners associations at any time do not require individuals to have garage sales and then have dates for sales in the neighbourhood.

Make sure to check your neighborhood’s laws before taking action, and consult with your local authority to see if you need a permit for garage sales.

Making your preparations for your garage sales

Once you have a sale ready, the next move is to choose a date. Make sure you are monitoring the weather forecast so you can schedule the day around.

The perfect time to hold a garage sale is at weekends. However, you can launch your sale as early as you wish in the week.

Only don’t expect lots of people to turn up during the week during normal business hours.

Plan to start selling as soon as you’re happy with it so that customers can buy before they start their days.

Rearrange your house and the items in it.

It’s nice to have a garage sale because it gives you a chance to go through anything on your property and sell everything you don’t need to hold.

You may as well go through every single thing in your house and decide whether you want to keep it or get rid of it while you take the time to make a sale.

If you haven’t used the item in a long time and there’s no sentimental value, then you might get rid of it as well.

Minimizing the amount of belongings you possess would make your life simpler and give your brain more space to think about more important things.

Just imagine, your brain has to process the item every time you walk by an item that you don’t get any benefit from. Throw hundreds of things into the mix, and that’s enough to plan for!

So, it’s best to look in every nook and cranny to find stuff you might have completely forgotten about. In a shed or storage space, do you store anything? If so, go through certain things and see if something is to be thrown away.

When you through to find stuff you’d like to sell, start putting together similar pieces. Put all clothing, toys, appliances and so on together. Doing that will make it easier to set up as you go about doing that.

If you consider things that you know are useless, discard nothing until after the sale. You will be shocked to know some of the items that people could purchase.

Bring in some jar something you think won’t sell, and sell the products for 25 cents a piece.

How to place adverts for your garage sale

How you advertise your garage sale will decide how many people are going to turn up, and how much money you are going to make in turn. If you put a lot of work into your ads, attracting more customers will reap the benefits.

1. Advertise your garage sale online

You can advertise your garage sale online at many sites. Most will need a photo.

If you don’t have a clear picture of the things to work with, you can use a web site like Canva to generate an image for free.

You can keep it very easy and still be highly engaging. Another thing to bear in mind is that a few days before the garage sale starts, you’ll want to start advertising the sale online, so people who regularly shop garage sales will have their route already planned.

It is important to point those out in the listing if there are any landmarks near your home.

2. Social media channnel – Facebook

Facebook is a perfect advertising spot for your garage sales. On your facebook profile, local garage sales groups, and on Facebook Marketplace, you can promote that.

Simply check the Facebook search bar for “garage sale” or “yard sale,” and enter all the local garage sales groups you can find in your area.

Facebook Marketplace has a garage sales category, so you can list your garage sales there for free.

3. Craigslist

You will want your garage sale to be featured on Craigslist. The website has plenty of users searching for offers. Another big benefit of listing your sale on Craigslist is! Apps like Yard Sale Treasure Map pull the Craigslist listings, and you’ll get additional ads without any hard effort.

4. Letgo

Letgo is a very similar app to Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace. Setting up an account and making a listing for your garage sale doesn’t take long, so there might be people who see it on this app who wouldn’t have seen it on Craigslist or Facebook.

5. Offerup

OfferUp is practically the same as Letgo. Another free place to advertise and maybe get more eyes on the deal.

In addition to these applications, you can advertise your garage sales directly for garage sales on these websites:

Yard Sale Search
Garage Sale Finder
Garage Sale Tracker

There are a multitude of pages where you can list your garage sales. You don’t have to put them all on. The more you advertise on them, however, the more likely people will see it.

6. Promote via an your local newspaper company

If you have a local newspaper, then paying for an ad could be worth it. You’re going to want to see how much you’re going to have to pay for a spot to decide if it’s worth it, but if you want to go this path it could attract a lot more buyers to your offer.

7. Put notification signs along the roads and streets

Placing signs with arrows next to the road is one of the main forms of advertising a garage sale.

The more ads you put up, the more people are likely to see them, as online advertising.

For your road signs you should keep it very plain, because people are driving and can’t read a long explanation.

A big, bright sign with the words “Massive Yard Sale” and a big arrow pointing toward your house is everything you need. If you think that’s important, you can set the sales times.

Make sure you put a sign at every stop, so finding the sale is super easy.

I can’t tell you how many times I turned down a road for a yard sale and had to give up searching for it because I couldn’t see any signs anymore.

Do not use flimsy paper for your signs because they would be bended by the wind and people can not read them.

When you put 3 or 4 separate garage sales signs at one intersection, people would think that there are several sales and that they are more likely to turn around. Soon they will figure out all the signs that go to your garage sale.

How to negotiate garage sale items

People are shopping at garage sales, so they can get cheap things. If you have items from which you want to get a lot of money, it is easier to sell them on eBay or Facebook Marketplace, where people are more likely to pay more.

Here are some suggested prices you can use as a guide:

1. clothes

Unless anything is brand new, you want to pricing clothes as cheap as you’re comfortable with.

  • Jackets: $5-$15
  • Shirts: $1-$3
  • Pants: $2-$5
  • Shoes: $1-$5
  • Baby Clothing: $1-$4
  • Hats + Accessories: $0.25-$2

2. Electronics


  • Old video game consoles: $5-$20 (if old, might want to sell online).
  • Old video games: $1-$5
  • TVs, radios, etc: $2-$10
  • Blue rays: $2-$6
  • DVDs: $1-$3
  • VHS: $0.25-$1

3. Household goods


  • Furniture: $5-$50 (post higher end goods somewhere like Facebook)
  • Kitchenware: $1-$10
  • Decorations: $1-$5
  • Cups / mugs: $0.25-$1
  • Toys and games: $0.50-$5

Aside from individually pricing the goods, having package prices is a good way to get customers to purchase more things at a time. When you are selling shirts for $2 each, for example, make a package price of 3 shirts for $5.

You may be able to sell some higher-priced products such as equipment and more. If you want them to pass, make sure you are selling them at a good price.

When they pull up to your store, most customers don’t expect to pay more than $20 or so, and would only pay more if they think they’re getting a better offer than they do elsewhere.

Making the prices sound compelling

Using the masking tape and a sharpie marker is the cheapest way to put prices on any piece. If you don’t already have any tape, when you go to buy some, look for a bright colour. Make package pricing signs and make sure they’re easy to read and put near the packaged products.

Necessary things to do on the day of the sale

Your selling is internet-wide promoted and the signs are on the highways. Then all that’s left is setting the morning sale all up!

If you have any tables that you can put things on, begin by setting up those and choosing which category of things to put on.

You would want to place the higher-priced things on the tables, so you and the customers can see them better.

When you’re trying to sell something small for more than $100, don’t leave the item out. One time I was at a sale and opened an iPhone box.

I asked the lady running the sale if she was only trying to sell the package, when I saw that the package was empty.

It turned out someone had come through earlier and stole the phone out of the case. Don’t allow that to happen to you.

You can lay blankets on the ground in your yard if you don’t have enough tables to set all of your things onto.

Organize the pieces in such a way that each falls into a particular category. Put all the remaining related products in that group.

Categorizing makes it easier for people to search easily, and there is a greater chance that they will find anything that concerns them.

I’ve been to tons of sales where everything has been dispersed, and it’s so much harder to handle all this.

Just make sure it all looks as fine as possible. A presentation of Quality goes a long way. Plus, if you arrange things well, you will be selling more products.

Don’t get people to dig through boxes and sachets. You could miss anything that they might be interested in just because you didn’t feel like spending a couple of extra minutes writing out anything.

Making the atmosphere filled with musical rhythm

Have you ever stepped into a department store that didn’t play music? Probably not, because if so, you’ve already found the quietness was uncomfortable. Research shows music playing will boost retail sales.

Your garage might not be the same atmosphere as Target, but a bit of background music may make your customers feel comfortable and happy a long way.

Sticking to family oriented genre or instrumental music is safest.

You’ll want to keep the volume fairly low, too, because it provides a calmer atmosphere. People are more likely to take their time and some background music might also help you get through the day.

Don’t go through all these alone

If you have young children, get them involved in the selling as soon as possible. Customers will find it harder to haggle if they meet a cute baby! You can go to the classic lemonade stand too.

If you’ve teenagers, involve them by letting them keep some cash from their selling products. It’s a perfect way to get them excited, and spend the weekend with you.

Controlling cash

Be sure to have plenty of change before the sale begins, one of the most important things you can do is. If someone turns up with a $20 bill first thing in the morning and you can’t give them their change, you’ll miss out on a deal.

Hold all of the cash in a designated area and in a jar that makes the right change fast and easy to get.

When the profits start to roll in, take extra cash into your house regularly, so you don’t have to worry about being robbed.

Keep locked all the doors to your building, and do not let anyone in. Keep water available and direct people to the nearest public bathroom if they ask to use yours.

On top of running the deal, you won’t have time to think about anyone in your building.

People would want to be negotiating with you. It’s a yard sale, but with a little bargaining you should be all right. That doesn’t mean you’re going to give away your things though.

If someone offers too low a price politely tell them you can’t go that far and let them know how much you’re going to take.

What do you do after the sale

If your sale goes over a day, don’t leave your things overnight in the yard. I went to a number of sales where gadgets and clothes soaked wet from being left out all night.

I have bought nothing. Bringing your things in for the night is more work so you don’t want to ruin them by allowing them to get dirty.

Finally, when the sale is done, and you find that you have a lot of products, there are a few things that you can do.

You can either list everything online for free, or load it all up and donate the items to a thrift store.

I like the concept of donating your things because thrift stores rely on business donations and most of them have charity programs. You may also write off any tax contributions and this is another advantage.

Last but not least, decide what to do with all of that cash! Depends on your financial situation, what you should do with the capital.

You may be able to pay down debt, start an emergency fund, invest or save money for future expenses.

Everything you do, at least a small percentage will be considering treating yourself.

Komolafe Timileyin is a passionate entrepreneur that loves to solve entrepreneurial issues. He is also a blogger and an upcoming Engineer.

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