There are so many reasons to love the summer season. Amazing weather, BBQs, light weight clothing – the list goes on! Summer also happens to be the busiest time for movers as it’s when most people are buying or selling houses. If you are in the process of moving you are probably looking at getting rid of some items while swapping them out for new ones! Whether it’s on your lawn or out of your garage, the sentiment is the same, local thrifters will show up to your moving sale on the hunt for a good bargain.
To have a really profitable and problem-free sale you’re going to need a smart plan. Read on to find out how to organize a successful garage sale and put some extra cash in your pocket before your big move.
Pick the Best Moving Sale Days and Times
Select a date and time for your sale as soon as possible, so you’ll have plenty of time to prepare. Fridays and Saturdays are best, as they’re typically the busiest days for yard sales. Sundays are a good second-day option for sales that start on Saturday. Try to avoid scheduling your yard sale over a holiday weekend, as many families plan out-of-town trips for long weekends.
Next, determine the hours for your sale. Keep in mind that many yard sale shoppers like to arrive early to get first dibs. Start your sale early in the morning. Look up yard sale listings in your area and make sure yours doesn’t start later than most. It can actually be a good idea to schedule your moving sale the same day as others on your block as there will be extra foot traffic as thrifters hop from one yard to another.
Prepare Your Items for Sale
Dusty items and wrinkled clothes aren’t going to sell well – in order to gain maximum profit from your unneeded belongings, you need to make them shine. Clean thoroughly any electric devices and old kitchenware, wash and iron clothes, polish wooden surfaces, etc. – the better your items look, the more profitable your pre-move garage sale will be!
Advertise Your Moving Sale
Regardless of how desirable or precious the items on your moving sale maybe, you won’t make a profit unless plenty of people come to see them. So, be sure to plan a crafty advertising strategy, especially if you have a lot of stuff for sale!
Word of mouth – tell your friends, neighbors, and colleagues about the upcoming sales event and ask them to tell their acquaintances. The rumor will spread quickly and will bring you many visitors on the designated day.
Internet – Share details about your garage sale on Facebook and Twitter, place a photo of a desirable item or the whole sale selection.
Signs and posters – Creating a number of durable signs and/or posters may seem old school but it works! Place them on strategic places in the neighborhood, as well as on busy roads nearby a few days before the sale. Use BIG BOLD LETTERS on a bright background to make your posters stand out.
Taking the time to prepare will be worth it. Just follow the tips above for a successful moving sale. Happy selling!