Step #2 – Choose a Time Wisely
The time selected for a garage sale can make or break our success. We usually shoot for late spring, summer or early fall. And of course predicting the weather can be tough. Checking the 10-day forecast ahead of time usually helps us get a feel for what the days we’re considering will be looking like weather-wise.
Step #3 – Don’t Waste Time
In our area, the big times for good garage sale crowds are usually between the hours of 7 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. After those hours or on different days, and I’ve learned that it’s largely a waste of time having a garage sale unless we just want to sit outside and relax for a while. However, times and days of garage sale success can vary depending upon location and what is being sold.
Step #4 – Marketing Program
While I’m not one of those people who hangs signs on every street corner, I do my part to market our garage sale. From the little things like ensuring all our items are priced and that there are informational signs around our sale to help guide buyers, to bigger items like putting up signs on our street corner and advertising in the local paper, I find that marketing a garage sale can pay off in additional sales.
I try to make sure that I have our newspaper advertisement ready and in place a week in advance to make sure we don’t forget. This runs us about $35 for the smallest ad available -- a little pricey I know, but worth it to draw the extra business.
Step #5 – Be Ready Before They Are