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Host a Hip, Junk-Busting Garage Sale with These Tips

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You know what’s better than making money? Making money while getting rid of old junk you don’t want anymore. That’s right, hosting a garage sale can help you clear out the closet for some new duds and earn you the money to spend on them, too—symbiosis! But hosting an awesome garage sale is an art all its own. Here are some tips to get yours off on the right foot.

Go Artsy With Your Posters

You know that one budding illustrator friend you have? Tell them you’ll buy them coffee for a week if they design a cool, unexpected garage sale poster for you (this is guaranteed to work—artists love coffee). Yard sale aficionados agree that great signs draw the crowds, so they’ll definitely help you move some old junk. No artists around to tap? Try drawing inspiration from these instead.

Pump Up The Tunes

No one likes to shop in complete silence. Haul the speakers out of your room and use them to pump in some serious ambiance. Almost anything with a beat will let visitors know that this yard sale means business. But keep in mind that this probably isn’t the best time to declare your undying love for synth noise bands or 90s gangster rap (sorry, 2Pac!).

Start Early—Very Early

Garage sale people tend to be early risers, so if you can scrap your leisurely Saturday routine for one morning, you’ll be all the better off for it. Plan on opening somewhere between seven and eight—but make sure you’re set up and ready to go at that time.

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Team Up With a Pal

It may sound counterintuitive, but the more stuff you have to sell, the better you’ll probably do. It makes sense when you think about it: would you like to shop at a store that’s almost completely empty? Sweet talk your clotheshorse friends into donating some items for your sale—and buy some cheap hangers and a rack to display them on. Plan on donating the hangers to the cause, too—your customers will probably want them.

Serve Some Libations

Browsing through a yard sale can be hot, thankless work. Keep your visitors refreshed—and less cranky!—by offering them coffee, sodas, and water. It’s up to you whether or not you want to charge for sodas, but giving them away for free will earn some goodwill in your shoppers’ minds.

Get Creative With Your Displays

That cardboard cutout of Fabio would look much better with a few necklaces and scarves, don’t you think? Don’t be afraid to get creative when displaying your items—no one wants to scour through heaps of junk to find what they’re looking for. The more you act like this stuff is worth having, the better the reaction from your shoppers will be.

Lastly, Don’t Forget to Have Fun

A garage sale is secretly about getting to know the people who live around you, so it can be a great way to make some new friends. Have fun with your sale and don’t be too hawkish about haggling or making your money. Instead, call for an impromptu dance party or invite your neighbors to join you for your band’s next show.

New friends, more money, and less junk? That’s definitely a great way to start things off in your new pad!

About the Writer

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Erin Vaughan is a blogger, gardener and aspiring homeowner. She currently resides in Austin, TX where she writes full time for, with the goal of empowering homeowners with the expert guidance and educational tools they need to take on big home projects with confidence.