Monday, June 1, 2009

Garage Sale Update...

Since I received such wonderful advice from y'all regarding my garage sale, I wanted to update you on how it went. I MADE BANK!! We made right at $1000 on Saturday, and still had enough stuff left to make a donation to Goodwill and get a tax writeoff.

(Signs available at this link. )

Just in case any of you feel inspired now to have your own garage sale, I will pass on the tidbits of wisdom that worked and were so generously shared with me.

1. ADVERTISE! I put in on Craigslist, in the newspaper, and on the little "Swap Shop" radio program that they have locally. I also put out signs and put up a balloon on the signs at the intersections.

2. Price fairly, and negotiate. I tried to price things so they would move. I did all of my shirts, pants, skirts, and pj sets for $1. I priced shoes at $2, and kids clothes were mainly $1, but they were in great condition and name brands.

3. Towards the end of the day I started slashing prices. I went half off on most items. I also started a "Bag Sale" per some advice I had gotten from a cousin. I told people everything they could fit in a bag was $3. I laughed hysterically at how full some of these people were stuffing their bags.

4. I made BIG price signs on posterboard with all the prices listed so they were clear. I also tagged all the individual stuff, like dishes and bed linens.

5. I got plenty of change ahead of time and kept it on me. I also did not let people use my restroom. I felt bad about that, but was way too busy to go inside with them, so I figured better safe than sorry.

6. I also told friends and relatives that I knew would be interested in clothes, etc. that they were welcome to come over ahead of time and get what they wanted first. I had several people take me up on this offer, and it was a win win situation.

7. I set things up very clearly. All kid and baby stuff was together. All the bed linens, curtains and pillows were together. Clothes were seperated by size and labeled. We hung a rope between trees for a clothesline. I had a table for the kitchen stuff, a table for the electronics, etc.

Lon and I put our signs out at 5:30am and we had advertised that it would be from 7am-2pm. People were watching us put out the stuff and were completely shopping by 6:15. I had planned on taking pictures once I got it all set up, but we were swamped the whole day, so I am gonna show you the pics of my garage on Friday afternoon, as we sorted and priced.

Now catch your breath. I know those pictures are shocking and you are wondering how all of that stuff was in my house. It wasn't. Lots of it was in the garage or a storage building from when we moved almost a year ago. Point being, it is all gone now! I am still doing the happy dance. I hope this inspires you to have a garage sale of your own. If you do, let me know how it goes!


Bama Girl in AZ said...

WOW!!! Congratulations on a great sale!!!!!

Anne Alagna said...

WOW! That is a great garage-sale total! I could only HOPE to make that much from a sale!

TRICIA @boutellefamilyzoo said...

Congrats on the garage sale total!
That's fantastic! Thanks too for all the great advice.

Tina said...

Wow, you have inspired me. We moved almost two years ago and I still have the garage sale stack. Now I know that is money just sitting there. Thanks for all the tips!!

Jennifer Hamilton said...

How much did you sell your stuff like your jumperoo for? I just don't want to give it away, but I also don't want it sitting in my garage anymore. I am having one hopefully in a few weeks. My blue bedroom is over run with stuff to be sold! I still have to go upstairs and clean out up there though. And $1 for clothes...yikes, I don't know if I can do that on every piece!! I might have an anxiety attack! So glad you did good! Watcha buying with all that moolahh!?!?

Mandi said...

To answer the above questions, I started my jumparoo at $20, but it sold for $10. I held off until the end of the day to sale it for that. I had lots of offers for less, but felt like $20 was fair. Like I said I just wanted rid of it and knew I would be donating anything left for free, so any money was better than nothing.

And, what am I spending that moolah on, a bathing suit, some stuff for the house, a flower bed, and bills. It was spent before I made it, in my mind anyway.

Bryce's momma said...

Congrats on your yard sale success. Mine is this weekend! I wanna shop from your pics. i have that same jumperoo. I would so have gave you $20 for it! That is the best entertainer ever! I would like a second one for our next baby (to leave at my mom's house) or I would have donated it to our church. Aren't the $3 bags hilarious to watch? Fun fun!

Blue Castle said...

Oh, Good JOB!!! That's awesome! I'm so impressed. :)

Miss(es) Canadian Pie said...

Awesome!!!!!! Girl, $1000?! I hope you have lots of fun spending your dough!! thanks for the great tips and the link for the yardsale sign. I'm having a sale later this year and will definatly be referring to your post for ideas.

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