Things to Know Before Hosting a Garage Sale
There's no better way to clear out your home of unwanted items than by hosting a garage sale. Doing so will free up valuable space inside your home while also putting some extra cash in your pockets. But if you're planning to host a garage sale, there are a few things you should know before getting started.
Check the Local Laws
Some cities and municipalities have laws requiring homeowners to buy/obtain a permit in order to host a yard sale. Assuming you live in one of these jurisdictions, you'll need to buy a permit that states the date on which the sale will take place. Furthermore, some jurisdictions have restrictions regarding the amount of sales a homeowner can do, along with signage and taxes. Familiarize yourself with the local laws to ensure you are in compliance.
Weekend vs Weekday
The day on which you host your garage sale will directly affect its level of success. Conventional wisdom should tell you that more people attend garage sales on the weekend as opposed to the weekday. This is when the majority of people are off work, so you can expect more shoppers during this time. Not everyone will have the option to choose their own garage sale date, but assuming you do, schedule yours for a weekend. This alone will go a long ways in maximizing your sales.
Be Willing to Negotiate
Taking a firm stance on pricing typically backfires when hosting a garage sale. So if you want to maximize sales, be flexible and willing to negotiate on your prices.
Host for Multiple Days
Don't limit your garage sale to a single day. Rather, consider hosting it for two or even three days. If someone cannot make it to your garage sale on the first day, they'll have another opportunity to attend on the second or third day. Ideally, Saturday and Sunday are the best days to host a garage sale.
Watch the Sun
Now that we're well into the "dog days of summer," it's important to keep cool. Aside from the fact that it's dangerous to sit under the mid-day summer sun for long periods of time, you probably won't get many shoppers, which is why it's a good idea to set up some time of covered structure like a large tent. The difference between a shaded and non-shaded area during the summer is like night an day.
These are just a few tips to make your new garage sale a success.