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Garage/Yard Sale your selling clothes, make them presentable. Fold them neatly, a little washing wouldn’t hurt either.  Nothing says, “Buy Me” like a fragrant fabric softener aroma!  It’s not necessary, but if you have the time, make the extra effort.   Price your items.  Let’s spend a second on this.  Remember, you’re trying to get rid of the stuff.  If you price your beloved broken clock radio at $15, you’re probably not going to sell it.  But if you price that slightly used RipStick at $15 (new in the store at $99), then you probably will sell it.  You need to keep the balance of emotionally pricing items and what they are really worth.  How much do you charge?  Well, a base level is about 1/10 the retail cost of the item, but that’s just a rough start.  Here are a few ideas for pricing of items that I’ve seen from the various garage sales I’ve perused.  Paperback books can be sold for $.50 - $1.00 depending on the condition of the book.  Lamps can go anywhere from $5-$10 (a lamp that you might purchase at Target or Wal-Mart).  For clothing items, anywhere to $1 - $2 for shorts, shirts, used khakis, etc.  Suits depending on the brand can be priced anywhere between $10 - $20.   Make sure to label the items with bright colored labels.  Some people like to use a color code method of labeling.  Meaning, that they post a cardboard sign with a red label being $1.00, yellow being $2.00 etc.  If you do that process, make sure that you post the sign up front and center so there is no confusion as to what the price of the item costs.  I personally don’t like this system since people will tend to bargain anyway for an item and I can’t always remember what the codes were anyway.  But it is a good system if you don’t have a lot of time to individually price out each item.  Regardless of how your pricing your items, the most important thing is to make sure your customer understands what the item costs.  I read an article a person

wrote on garage sales where the author didn’t price anything in their garage sale so they could price on a whim and save time. I would disagree with that because at times, your garage sale will be inundated with bargain seekers and it will become overwhelming to price things on a whim or remember what you sold a particular item for. So you have the date set, you’ve cleaned out the closets, and you’ve priced everything.  It’s the day of the garage sale, so now how are you going to get people there.  SIGNS!  SIGNS!  SIGNS!  You need to have good signage so people know where to go.  (Now, some crazy city ordinances make you purchase a short-term permit to put your signs up.  You’ll need to check and make sure that you are in compliance. )  The nicer the sign, the more people think you have something really good to sell, so spend some time on your signs.  A little place I like to visit is http://  They have a complete garage sale package, complete with double-sided corex signs with stakes and a banner that you can place in front of your garage sale.  It’s a nice, professional look for a very small investment, and it really makes a difference in the amount of traffic you receive.  Plus, if you just advertise a day (Saturday or Sunday) versus a date, you can keep the signs for a future sale or sell them at the garage sale when you’re done.  Place the signs strategically to draw traffic from the surrounding areas.  I like to start with a large intersection close to my home and go from there.  Take that route and place signs at every turn.   Make sure that all your signs look alike.  It makes it easier for the person looking for your sale to find.   And don’t forget to pick up the signs when your garage or yard sale is complete, especially if you invested in purchasing them. Have a Happy and Profitable Garage/ Yard Sale!

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