In many cases, people are reluctant to sell in their unused items in garage sales. There are multiple considerations, such as being concerned whether the items are good enough for garage sales and people may still have personal attachments with their items. There are many things that can hinder our chance of selling things. When some adjustments, garage sales will actually work and generate some amount of cash; while allowing us to declutter our house. There are many things to consider if we want to have successful garage sales. First, we need to check all the legalities, such as examining local laws to ensure that our sales are legal. In some areas, we may need to have a permit or even pay an amount of fee. If there are some additional costs and effort for doing garage sales, we should make sure that it’s worth the effort. Sole old toys could have lead paint and it’s something that’s forbidden by local laws. We should check online about things that are allowed or permitted. In order to have a successful garage sale, we should also determine the best time and day to perform such event. In general, we shouldn’t have a garage sale during workdays. Saturday and Sunday are the preferred day. About the best time, the earlier we start the better. We could start the sale from 9AM to 5PM, with an hour of lunch break. Family members may take turn when they are selling items in the garage sale. We should know that eager buyers typically arrive early, so they will get the best stuff from our collection. It should also be a good thing if we are aware about the latest weather forecast, so we will need to postpone the sale if there’s a high probability of downpour.
There should also be advertising method to let people know about our garage sales. This is one of the most important things before we plan the sale. However, we should check the local rules about distributing flyers and placing signs. If we break the local law, fines can be levied. There are places where we can distribute flyers, such as coin laundries, public libraries, local grocery stores, bulletin boards, local schools and others. Online advertising methods should help, such as any social media platforms and Craigslists. However, traditional methods can be more effective, because many friends in Facebook, Instagram and Twitter can be located far from our house. Before starting the garage sale, we should also be able to cope with the additional physically demanding activity, especially for older people. It means that we need to have enough rest the previous day. If we need to continue to prepare after 6PM at the day before the sale, then we are not really ready for the sale. We should have good and restful sleep at night, so we won’t get tired. Also, it’s a good thing if we wear something comfortable during the garage sales. Prepare enough water, because we may not realize that we have been dehydrated during the excitement of the garage sale.