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>Garage Sales 101

>I’ve been to garage sales over the years and bought a few things however this was the first time I have actually hosted a garage sale. We had some challenges along the way but in the end the sale was a success. Here are the key things I learned about hosting a garage sale:

– People arrive before the specified start time. Two people actually came one day early asking if they could look through our house and see what we had to sell. We advertised an 8am start, however people began to arrive at 6:45am.

– For some people, garage sales are a regular social event. As one gentleman put it “my wife goes to bowls on Tuesdays, and I go to garage sales on Saturdays and talk the ears off people. I don’t usually buy anything, I just like to have a stickybeak and chin-wag and catch up with all the other people who I know from garage sales. My wife won’t come with me because she gets embarrassed when I overstay my welcome and people have to kick me out!” Fortunately I like a bit of a chin-wag and my ears are stuck on well so I didn’t mind.

– Garage sales are a great way to pick up ridiculous bargains. While we were happy to have sold lots of stuff, many items went at a small fraction of the original cost of buying them… not that I expected any different I suppose, it’s just that when things were actually walking out the door I couldn’t help but do the calculations in my head… 60% off! 80% off!, 90% off!… Next time we are looking to buy ‘stuff’ I think we’ll hit the garage sales too.

– Have prices on everything. People don’t like to ask for prices so if you have prices on things, you will almost certainly sell more (thanks Michelle for the advice!). Also, price the ‘best’ items above the price you really want for them. It doesn’t seem to matter how incredibly cheap the price is, people still want to bargain.

– Books do not have a good resale value. 😦

– A great way to meet your neighbours is to host a garage sale. I met more of our neighbours over the past two days than I’ve met in the previous three years!

It feels great to be letting go of so many of the things we have accumulated. We still have quite a lot of things left so maybe we’ll have one more sale before we go and with everything we’ve learned, we’ll be experts next time!


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