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Garage sales have stuck around for a long time and are a great way to get rid of anything you don’t want before you pack up and move.

There is a good chance that you have either held a garage sale or been to one some stage in your life, but how can you make your next garage sale a success?

Pick the right date and time

There is nothing worse than setting aside time to organise your garage sale only to have no one show up because there is another major event on that day in the area. Look ahead on your calendar and look on the council website and try to choose a date where there are no holidays or special events going on at the same time. Saturday’s have become a popular day to have garage sales as most people are out and about, whereas Sunday’s may be more of a lazy day. Most serious shoppers will be up early ready to find the bargains, so morning is the best time of day to hold your garage sale to ensure you get the most shoppers. 

Promote the sale

Just like any community event, if you don’t advertise your garage sale, how will people know about it? There are a number of online garage sale sites available where you can advertise or you can put an ad in your local newspaper, on the community notice board or even put signs up around your area. Gumtree is another place to advertise online and best of all, it's free!

Setting up

Even though most people will be looking for a bargain at a garage sale, you should still try to keep the area looking neat and tidy. Some shoppers may be reluctant to go through piles of clothing or through boxes of toys to find what they need. Lay things neatly on tables or hanging on clothes racks so everything is visible. 

Keep in mind that larger items such as fridges, mowers etc should go on the driveway or lawn so not only may it attract people as they drive by, but it will make it easier for shoppers to take it away after buying it.

It may also be easier to divide the items for sale into pricing sections. So, keep all the $2 items on one table, $5 items on another and so on.


It is important to remember that before you start pricing items, most shoppers visit garage sales to find a bargain and not to necessarily spend a lot of money. A good rule of thumb is to try and keep things under $5. Even though it may not sound like much, it can add up at the end if you sell a lot of items. Larger items such as furniture or appliances will probably be more, but if you do price it too high, be prepared for hagglers.

Whether you are moving house, renovating or just doing some spring cleaning, holding a garage sale is a quick and easy way to get rid of unwanted junk and make a bit of money from it.