Let’s be clear. It is little or no fun to go to a garage sale when there is a minimal amount of stuff for sale. Quantity makes the garage sale noteworthy. The more “trash” there is, the more “treasure” can be uncovered. The more “stuff” you have, the more money that can be made.
With certain very specific exceptions, you cannot have too much stuff at your sale. This is especially applicable at a sale for charity or fundraising purposes.
You can create a large sale by broadcasting your cause (purpose, mission) and your time frames (when to donate, where to donate, how to donate with garage sale information). The more flexible you are with donation times and locations, the greater the likelihood that you will receive a lot of things for your sale.
Here are some additional tips to ensure your sale is super big:
- At the onset, while accepting donations, try not to concern yourself about disposing of the “junque” when your sale is done. There are plenty of places only too willing to come and get it and deal with it, pre and post sale.
- Before the sale, weed and cull through the stuff received, tossing things that are soiled or un-useable. Do not, however, judge that something is not sale worthy simply because it does not appeal to you, as the sorter and pricer. Different needs and interests give rise to different purchases. People will surprise you with their purchases, at almost every sale you conduct or attend.
- Offer a pile of “free” items, paying attention, however, to keeping those separate from the items for sale. You do not want to cut into your garage sale proceeds.
- During the sale, consider moving or re-positioning items to make it easier for buyers to see them and purchase them.
- Pricing low will encourage sales, as will reductions during the sale, including 1/2 price day or a bag sale.
- Try to maximize your space at the sale. Place the more expensive items in the most visible spots. You can have a box of 25 cent items under the tables. You can have groups of slow sellers under the tables as well.
- So as not to mislead, quantity counts towards the bottom line as does organization.
If you have the volunteers and the space, go as huge as you can. Huge is grand, large, awesome and awe-inspiring. It makes buyers gasp, buy and remember your sale year after year. It is measured in number of items, tables, and square footage. (Huge, by the way, is way more than can fit in a certain garage sale examiner’s car at any given moment in time!) Most importantly, a large sale translates into cash!
There is a rather large sale, a Trash to Treasure Sale, being held at the Lenexa United Methodist Church. The tables are overflowing, especially with clothes, mostly priced at a dollar. It is located at 9138 Caenen Lake Road in Lenexa. The hours are 9 to 8 on Wednesday, 9 to 5 on Thursday and Friday, and on Saturday from 8 to 2. It is half-price on Saturday.
Let your garage sale examiner know what is on your garage sale mind. Happy hunting, as always.