- Allow plenty of time - three to four weeks - to prepare for the sale.
- Choose a date that will not conflict with holidays or other special events.
- Weekends are more convenient for most people than weekdays.
- Your sale may attract more customers if you join together with neighbors in a larger effort with more merchandise.
- Practical household goods, bicycles, children's toys and clothes, sports equipment and garden tools are popular items; adult clothing has less appeal and should be priced accordingly.
- Merchandise your items attractively in neat, clean surroundings.
- Have a 25 cent miscellaneous table for youthful shoppers.
- All items should be clean, polished and in good repair. Clothes should be sized accurately and hung on a temporary rack.
- Locate your appliance table near an outlet so customers may try before they buy.
- Place a classified ad in the local papers, including three or four specific items for sale, directions and other pertinent details.
- Take advantage of free publicity provided by the bulletin boards in grocery stores and other public places.
- Visit other sales to form an idea on how to price things, remember that garage sale shoppers are looking for "bargains". Be prepared to bargain and lower your prices.
- Valuable items such as antiques should not be sold at a garage sale, as it is unlikely they will bring the desired price from bargain-minded shoppers.
- Have a giveaway box for assorted odds and ends.
- Post a notice that all sales are final and payment must be in cash.
- Have plenty of change in a cash box kept in a protected spot.
- Keep a record of sales, especially when there are several sellers. One suggestion is to use small white stickers to price items. When the item is purchased, remove the sticker and place it next to the name of the seller.
A bit of organization will make for a successful sale and an uncluttered house.