My Pro and Con Garage Sale ~ Garage Sales are a very popular where I live. This is true for the people who hold garage sales and the people who frequent garage sales looking for just the right item at just the right price.
I held a garage sale last weekend. This is a surprise to those who know me well because I have to confess… I don’t like holding garage sales and I very rarely stop by to check one out.
I have been doing a fair bit of de-cluttering, which I wrote about here in this blog titled When Is It Time To De-Clutter?
Just click the link in case you missed it because I developed a really useful decision making chart that is making its way through Pinterest now and it really helps you make those difficult decisions as to whether or not to keep or get rid of something.
As a result, I had a quite a bit of stuff to get rid of and thought that maybe it was a good time to hold a garage sale. I thought it would be fun to share my recent garage sale experience by highlighting my pro and con garage sale experiences. Hope you find it helpful!
My Pro And Con Garage Sale
- There were lots of diverse things to sell.
- I started collecting stuff for the sale several months ago and stored everything in a spare bedroom.
- I began setting up the garage one week ahead of the sale date so I was not rushed. I worked a couple of hours a day getting it ready.
- I organized the items and made signs for each categories including Kid Stuff, Tech Stuff, House Stuff, Reading & Viewing, Storage, Craft Stuff etc.
- I made ‘makeshift’ tables out of upside down bins, big sheets of cardboard and plywood and portable tables.
- Every item was identified with large visible price tags.
- I even made grab bags with similar items that were quite popular and sold quickly.
- Most items were priced to sell with low and/or reasonable prices.
- I chose not to pay for any form of advertising because I just wanted to keep it local.
- I didn’t have any start-up costs other than the cash float of quarters, loonies, twoonies, fives, tens and twenties (Canada has some very colourful currency!).
- I made a few posters with photographs of some of the items that were for sale and posted them on community bulletin boards in parks and at the post office.
- My close friend and I had fun making signs out of plastic corrugated cardboard, markers and acrylic paints.
- The signs were posted in various highly visible locations including on a busy highway across from very popular coffee shop (my Canadian readers will know all about Tim Hortons).
- The garage sale started with a bit of a rush, then quieted down and then was very busy till closing time.
- I received a lot of compliments about how great the signs were and how they made it so easy to find the location, which was a good thing because we live on a quiet tucked away street. It’s amazing what some sparkle paint and a glass of Merlot can do!
- Many of the garage sale patrons commented how organized the sale was and even thanked me for making it such a pleasure to browse through.
- I even had one gentleman walk into the garage and give the sale a ‘Double A’ rating compared to the other ones he had been to that morning. But I noticed he didn’t buy anything.
- It was fun to watch what people bought. Items that I thought would be a best seller did not sell and items that I just threw into the sale with a ‘whatever’ attitude sold.
- There were so many diverse visitors who were all so nice to visit with.
- My husband, my close friend and her husband were a great help!
- When I decided to hold a garage sale I made a promise to myself to keep it simple. I didn’t keep that promise.
- It took hours to organize, set up and dismantle afterwards.
- Two days before the sale it poured rain. There was even a rainfall advisory with an expected 100 mm of rain. The advisory came true.
- The rain stopped the day of the sale but it was quite chilly standing in the garage for the day. I had to have a warm bath afterwards.
- Apparently, I chose to have my garage sale the same day as a community wide sale that was held across the river from where I live. I’m not sure if this took away or drove customers in my direction.
- Even though I priced most items very cheaply, some people still tried to barter wanting to bring the price down from super cheap to almost free.
- One very helpful shopper commented that a couple of my signs were flipping up in the wind so my husband had to go out and use duct tape to further secure them down.
- All of the traffic did cause a bit of a parking problem on the street. I am thankful that my neighbours didn’t complain.
- At the end of the sale I counted up my earnings and… lets just say that it’s a good thing that I have a day job. With the number of hours I put into preparing, conducting and cleaning up from the sale I estimate that I made about $10.00 an hour.
- I had a lot to sell and I sold a lot but I still had a lot to get rid of. The items that were left remaining were donated to non-profit thrift stores.
Here are some photographs showing some of what I talked about:
Here is the ‘kid’s table’ with games, toys and craft items. Everything was clearly labeled and priced. Must be the teacher in me.
Here is a view of all of the stuff I de-cluttered. It was interesting to see what sold and what did not.
This was the Christmas table. Quite a few items actually sold!
I made a photo collage on PicMonkey for the poster advertising the garage sale. I thought I would be different and photograph some of what was for sale. If you look carefully you will see the large and very visible price tags I created for all of the items.
This is an image of the materials we used to make the garage sale signs. If you look carefully you will see the stem of a wine glass in the background.
We worked at the dining room table to make six different signs.
In case you are wondering why I put paper towel on this sign, it is there to hide my home address. I just thought the purple glitter paint was really cool and wanted to show it to you!
Will I have another garage sale in the near future?
Despite all of the pros compared to the cons…. probably not.
Although, one should never say never!