Spring is now in bloom which means it’s that time of the year to do the mother of all spring cleans and hold your own garage sale!
De-cluttering has been all the rage ever since Marie Kondo’s The Magical Art of Tidying Up somehow got everyone thinking about re-organising their socks. Not only does getting rid of stuff make your house look and feel so much better, it’ll make you a tidy little sum, and will also add value if you are thinking of selling your house. There aren’t many buyers who want pay top dollar for a home which looks like it’s bursting with junk and has no storage!
If the sheer thought of hosting a garage sale makes you want to shove all your odds and ends into a shed and throw away the key, then just remember a bit of simple organisation will help enormously. Here seasoned garage sale aficionado Anouska Linz, senior manager at State Custodians Home Loans gives us her tips on how to make the most of your clean out.
7 tips to host a truly awesome garage sale
1. Make sure you have enough stuff to sell
Firstly make sure you have lots of stuff to offer. A few old blouses and a handful of grubby kids’ toys does not qualify for a garage sale! If you don’t think you have enough, rope in your loved ones to contribute things. It has to be worth someone’s time to visit.
2. Go for a day and time that suits people
In general Saturdays are a good day for a garage sale as most people are out and about, whereas Sunday is more of a lazy day. Start in the morning – say 9am. However check out your council’s website first – make sure there are no other major events happening that day as well. You want as many people to come as possible.
3. Advertise beforehand
Apart from putting up posters around the neighbourhood ahead of time, it also pays to advertise your sale on a site such as garagesales.com.au.
4. Organise everything the night before
Have everything ready to go the night before. I have had buyers on my doorstep at 6am itching for a bargain! Some people will simply ignore any opening times you may have listed in your ads. If people do show up early and you are not ready, be polite but firm as they may be quite pushy, and ask them to wait.
5. Price things smartly
I think rather than pricing absolutely everything individually a better idea is to have things set out neatly on tables in groups that are labelled for example $1, $2 and $5. Only price separately any larger items – and be ready to negotiate especially when someone buys multiple things. Bear in mind, most people come to garage sales not wanting to spend more than around $5 or $10. Whilst it’s good to have a few big ticket items such as a bike or armchair on display to attract buyers, make sure the majority of stuff is small bits and pieces. Also don’t forget to have lots of change – you’ll need it.
6. Haggle when necessary
Sometimes people will want to bargain a price down. Even if it’s next to nothing in the first place. If someone wants something for a dollar less, then suggest to meet them halfway at 50 cents off. If it’s a pricey item and the buyer offers a ridiculously small amount, especially if it is early in the day, then it might be worth standing your grand in case a better offer comes along.
7. Don’t hang onto things that didn’t sell
Lastly have a plan for what doesn’t sell. If you’ve already made a commitment to get rid of stuff, there’s no point in hanging onto it if it dosen’t sell! Put any remaining pricey items for sale online soon after. Everything else should be packed up and given to charity, or else thrown into the recycling bin.