Summer is coming and who doesn’t like to hop in the car on a beautiful summer morning and hit the garage sales?? Have you ever considered having one yourself? It’s easy to make a few extra dollars by selling old items you don’t need or want anymore. Why settle for just a few dollars, though, when you can really rake the money in with just a little more effort? Garage sales can be cash bonanzas if you utilize the following tips:
- Gain strength in numbers. Try to convince your neighbors to hold sales the same day as you. Casual shoppers are more willing to stop if they can visit numerous sales without driving in between. Plus, you’ll save money on advertising when everyone contributes.
- Organize. Examine every item in your house with a discerning eye. Do you still want it? Do you ever use it? If the answer to either is “no”, put it in the garage sale.
- Don’t cheat yourself. You’ve all heard stories about people paying a nickel for a rare coin or comic book at garage sales. Don’t be one of the people who give away a treasure. Examine your junk. If there is any question about its value, take the item to a qualified professional to be appraised.
- Wake up early. “Professional” garage sale shoppers show up well be-fore the sale officially begins in hopes of finding real bargains. Don’t be caught half-awake and half-dressed.
- Let your sales strategies evolve. Have you noticed that more people are simply browsing, and walking away as the day goes on? Cut your prices. Just as a sale captures people’s attention at a retail store, it turns heads at garage sales. All you need is a sign boasting 25% off.
- Spruce things up. Make your garage customer friendly. Dust off, wash, or polish items before you put them up for sale. It’s not a bad idea to have a mirror nearby, so people can see how they look in the clothes or jewelry.
- Give things away. What you lose in sales, you will make up in additional customers. The word “free” is the best possible lure for shoppers. Be sure to mention the freebies in your ad.
- Be on your guard. Unfortunately, petty thieves often target garage sales. Make sure you or a trusted friend is always with the cash box. Keep an eye open for shoplifters, too. And never let anyone in your house unescorted. If a shopper asks to use the bathroom, send some-one inside with her.
At days end, you can enjoy the extra room in your home or garage, and a pocket full of cash inspired from little labor. Have a great summer!!
Submitted by Housing Program Specialist, Linda K. Tuttle
Source: Squeeze Your Home for Cash: 101 Great Money Making Ideas for Homeowners