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Organizing a Successful Garage Sale

Use these helpful tips to make sure that your next garage sale is your best one yet.

| April 2018

  • About 165,000 garage sales are held in the United States every week.
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  • “The Penny-Pinching Prepper” by Bernie Carr makes it easy to prepare for any emergency on a budget.
    Photo courtesy of Ulysses Press

The Penny-Pinching Prepper (Ulysses Press, 2015) by Bernie Carr helps readers prepare for an emergency without breaking their bank. Carr walks his readers through DIY projects, storm shelter building, and more all on a budget to make sure that anyone can afford to be prepared for an emergency. In the following excerpt, he gives his favorite steps for running a successful garage sale.

1. Make sure your homeowner’s association or apartment lease allows garage sales. Some towns require permits, so check on requirements before you schedule one. You should also check on regulations regarding the posting of garage sale signs. You wouldn’t want to end up with a ticket for posting in a restricted area.

2. Partner up with another family or two, especially if they are experienced with garage sales. With a wider variety of inventory, you’ll attract more buyers. Agree on how to split the profits in advance.

3. Advertise. Craigslist and neighborhood garage sale sites on Facebook are free.

4. Thoroughly examine all the items you are planning to sell: Check pockets, boxes, pots and pans, pull-out drawers, etc., to make sure you did not leave anything inside that you did not intend to sell.

5. Organize your items well. Place larger-ticket items in front. Put price stickers on each item, but don’t set the prices too high. You want to sell these items off, not hold on to them.

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