elementary school suppliesGetting Attention Key to Successful Back to School Garage Sale

Pick almost any neighborhood, on the weekend, and you’re sure to spot at several garage sales.Are they making any money with these garage sales?

You’d better believe they’re making  money!  It’s not at all uncommon to make $300 – $500 with a weekend garage.

Is it  hard to put on a profitable back to school garage sale?

No, It really only takes some of your time, and  requires an awareness of a few marketing tactics.

Start your own garage sale by clearing out your own basement,attic, closets and garage. Talk to your relatives and friends, tell them what you’re going to do and ask them for donations of no longer used or wanted items.

Who are the buyers, and how do you get them to come to your garage sale?

If you have kids out grown clothing clothes which are in in good condition target buyers who would  be interested in kids clothing.   Ask your neighbors to join in and split the profits.  It is great way to get kids the school clothes they need at a good price.

If have used furniture to sell spread wider net  such as a local college campus area.

Almost everybody accumulates the kind of garage sale items that other people are searching for, and are willing to buy.  These items range from no longer wanted or outgrown items ofclothing to furniture, tools, knick-knacks, books, pictures, and toys.

More items to sell, your customers are going to   be “everybody”, and you get them  over to your garage sale with a little bit of advertising and promotion.

Advertising

You should run an ad in your local free paper, online at Nextdoor.com, Craigslist.org and more for about one  week in advance of, and up  to the day of your sale.

Go with small classified ads simply  announcing your garage sale, emphasizing that you’ve have items of interest to  everyone.

To get ideas on how to write  your ad, check your newspaper for other ads.

Something to remember: Bigger is  better.

Also obtain a large sign or an old-fashioned ‘sandwich board’ to display in front of your house when your garage sale is open for business.

This will pull help attract your  neighbors and others driving by your house.

Place signs at intersections not far from the site of the garage sale, to attract attention and point
the way (but do check with your local authorities that this is permitted in your area).

Search out and use all the free bulletin boards in the area.

It’s better, and usually much more profitable, to take the time to make up an attention
grabbing circular you can post on these with a postcard announcement.

Set Up

You have to give your sale some style. Put some posts up across  the front of your property,
and run some twisted crepe paper between them.

Even better than crepe  paper, run brightly coloured ribbons.

And don’t forget the  balloons!  Make your garage sale a fun kind of event with clusters of balloons anchored to your display tables and racks.

Cover your display tables with colorful table cloths. Don’t hesitate  to use bright colours with
busy patterns. Regardless of what you sell, effective display  is  essential!

You cannot “dump” items haphazardly on a table, presentation counts!

Make sure that your jewelry  items shine and sparkle. Arrange them in and with jewelry boxes, jewellery ladders and other items sold for the purpose of showing off jewellery while keeping it neatly arranged.

Make it pleasing to the eye as well as convenient for your customers to browse through and select the items that appeal to them.

Look for some kind of  interesting and unusual items to call  attention to your sale -something you can set up or park in front of your home during your sale.

Some of the displays we’ve  seen along these lines include a horse drawn cart, , an old farm plough -anything of an unusual and interesting nature will do the trick for you.

Wherever your imagination takes you, you have to be different and distinctive, or you’ll
get lost in the hundreds of garage sales going on, if you take the time to employ a bit of
imagination, you’ll end up being the one with the biggest profits.

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Greta Jenkins

Greta Jenkins

Greta Jenkins has been writing for Families Online Magazine since 2004. She is a mom, nurse andcommunity volunteer.
Greta Jenkins
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