5 Ways to Draw a Crowd at Your Garage Sale

Posted: 05/01/13 5:00 AM (Modified: 05/01/13 9:09 AM)

So you've decided to hold a garage sale? Great! Once you have gathered up all of your gear and organized your sale, you will then run into the question, "how do I let people know?" That's a pretty legit question since, as it turns out, you will need people to buy all of that stuff. 

Not only have I held my own garage sales but I come from a family that actually holds garage sales for a living. I thought I would write a two part post, today sharing with you how to gain a crowd and tomorrow, how to sell your items. 

5 Ways to Draw a Crowd at Your Garage Sale

1. Utilize Free Advertising: Craigslist is KEY to posting your sale, you can get the word out quick and (even better) you're speaking to your buying audience directly. There is also an app you can use called Yard Sale Mapper, once you post your sale on Craigslist, it is posted on the app as well. Of course, don't neglect your facebook page either. Get the word out to all of your friends and use pictures too.

2. Large Items Out Front: This is Garage Sale 101 but it amazes me how many people don't do this. Put the items that would draw attention to your sale near the curb or end of your driveway. This will get all those 'drive bys' to stop and look. If your sale looks like it's just little stuff (or "smalls" as the experts call it) then chances are, your audience will keep right on driving. 

3. Combine Sales: In the event you don't have much to offer, get in touch with a next door neighbor or family members. Ask them to participate too, the more items you have, the more successful your sale will be. Keep in mind, baby items/kids toys and furniture are the BIG sellers. 

4. Check the Weather: Always, always watch the weather report. Extreme heat, cold or rain will great effect the outcome of your sale. That might seem simple but I actually witnesses someone hold a garage sale in the pouring rain as in, leave their couches outside in the rain. The couches were soaked and crazy enough, they held the sale again the following week. Of course, no one realized that same furniture had been rained on the week before. True story. Don't do that. It's not good for business. 

5. Organize: Don't scatter your items all around the yard, group "like" items together like clothing and toys. The more organized your sale is, the more items you will actually sell. Plus, piles of junk are only appealing to the hardcore deal finders like myself, the majority of people like organization. 

May 6, 2013 12:25 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Your article on drawing a crowd your yard sale was right on the money. The only thing I would add is to put items up on tables or hanging up, not on the ground. Things on tarps on the ground don't gather much interest. Get as much possible at eye level.
As a side note, PLEASE, make sure to clean up after yourself! Take signs down, pick up boxes, etc. Thanks!

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