Garage Sale Tips And Tricks to make your Middle TN yard sale the most beneficial for you!!
We recently had a Garage sale at our Murfreesboro TN home and learned a few tips to keep it easy, fast and simple.
A garage sale is a great way to make a few dollars and get rid of a lot of clutter in your home before you list your Nashville TN home. It can also be a lot of work. But with a few simple tips, you can create a garage sale that runs smoothly and makes you more money. The less clutter in your home, the easier the buyer can see the beauty and features in your home. So Purge and make some $$$$!!!
Getting Ready for the Big Sale
Get all of your things for the garage sale ready to go before the sale begins. Start by organizing everything into categories. Put kitchen items in one section, toys in another, books in another, and clothing in yet another. This will make it easier for people to find your items. Pick up some plastic baskets from your local Nashville TN dollar store to fill with small items, and label each basket with a per-item price. If you have items that don’t fit into a category then grab some bright-colored painters tape and use a sharpie for easy price recognition. This saves a lot of time wasted labeling each and every small item with the same price.
Remember, on average you will get between 25-35% of what the value of the item was brand new. Price fairly and expect for haggling.
Wash clothing before you put it up for sale. A clean, nice-smelling piece of clothing is more likely to go for the asking price than a wrinkly one that doesn’t look fresh. If you can, mend any small issues like loose buttons. We hung up the majority of our clothing at the last garage sale, it makes the items easier to see, quicker to sort and no one enjoys going through bins of clothing. Have gender, sizes and types separated. Some of your customers are looking for baby clothes, toddler, maternity, etc. If you are selling curtains, sheets, tapestries, etc., go ahead and hang them as well. If you have a garage door you can hang items on it, or a ladder works well for smaller items. Bulk pricing is a great incentive for the customer to buy all of the items, which is less you have to worry about selling or giving away later. Give toys a wipe down as well so they look newer and cleaner. Dust pictures, wipe mirrors, lay out rugs. Think of your sale as a store display! If the items are appealing they will go faster.
Start Early like Crack of Dawn!
I have noticed in Middle Tennessee that garage sale lovers often start out early in the morning, so get up early and get started. Have coffee, lemonade, or baked goods. This is a great way to get your kids involved and help. They can sell beverages or baked goods for $1 or by donation. You may miss a lot of the bargain hunters if you choose to sleep in, so set the alarm! Have everything ready the night before. Set up on tables you can simply push out. Casters are a great way to make this easier. Price things a little higher than you would like to get for them, since all garage sale visitors love to negotiate a better price, this way you can drop prices without losing much, but still fair for you and the buyer.
Advertise Your Sale
Advertise your garage sale, not just with signs around the neighborhood, but on the local craigslist page and the local buy sell trade Facebook pages in your Nashville neighborhood where many people look for garage sales to visit each weekend. You can also list a few of the items you will have to get interest in your larger items. If your neighborhood is having a neighborhood yard sale, participate. People love to be able to hit multiple sales at one stop! If you can’t participate in your neighborhood one, see if another family wants to join in on your sale and you can list it as multiple family sale. Large sales with a lot to offer will draw in more people, resulting in more sales for you. You can finish off the evening with a barbeque and turn a successful garage sale into a successful weekend event.
Have fun with your Garage sale and use it as an opportunity to let your buyers know that your home will be coming soon to the Nashville Real Estate Market. I would be happy to go ahead and put a coming soon real estate sign, as well as, flyers, marketing materials, and business cards. Let’s get early interest in your home so we will get top market value for your home! This is one of the many features I offer as your Nashville, Middle TN Real Estate agent. I will always have your best interest in mind, making the process simple, and using creative ways to find the best buyer for your home.
Let me know if I can help advertise your next garage sell. Lets get your house clutter free and ready to SELL!!!
The Doug Austin Team
Benchmark Realty, LLC