5 Must Have’s for a Successful Garage Sale + WIN a $100 Gift Card

5 Must Have’s for a Successful Garage Sale + WIN a $100 Gift Card

2018-05-04T06:22:55+00:00By |Promo Writings|144 Comments

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5 Must Have's for a Successful Garage Sale + WIN a $100 Gift Card

This weekend my oldest daughter talked me into a dreaded garage sale. Dreaded because it is a lot of work. Also dreaded because we are in the middle of pollen season here in South Texas and it can wreak havoc on me and my kids. Years ago, I watched as my youngest daughter, especially, battled the sniffles and sneezes and mosquitoes all at once. After living through that day, where nothing I had in the medicine cabinet worked, I headed to the store for Children’s Allegra® Allergy Relief. I had used it before with success and now I don’t use anything else. Whether they are outside with the dogs or playing basketball in the driveway, it is a must during this season. So, when planning a garage sale, of course allergy relief is at the top of the 5 Must Have’s for a Successful Garage Sale!


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Now that you and your kids can be outside for long amounts of time, let’s talk the 5 things you need for a successful garage sale!


I am not a garage sale girl. But I am a mom who wants my kids to experience what it is like to clean out and to sell or donate things they don’t use anymore. So, I obliged my daughter and we began the clean out two days before. I HAD to have my patience face on as the girls started strong and waned fast. As they wanted to keep everything even thought they had not touched in in 2 years. As they wanted to make money on my items but keep theirs. As dusk fell, the mosquitoes came out to feast on us.

Patience is a must have in any garage sale situation.

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We made a little over $330 at our garage sale, which thrilled the girls, of course. But $250 came from the sale of a refrigerator so it really was not that impressive. In my experience, in order to make them worth it, you have to have a large ticket item or two that has a chance of selling. So, make sure you pull out your old appliances and furniture too!


Years ago, the last time I did one of these, people would buy multiple things and drop several on the way to me to pay. Many asked if I had bags and I did not. So, if you know you are throwing a sale, stock up on those grocery bags from the store. I also use them to do deals like, ‘Stuff them full of clothes for $5 a bag.’ People love to cram stuff in there and when you are selling a ton of kids’ clothes and shoes it can be a real money maker!

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Please make sure you hit the bank ahead of time and get lots and lots of $1s and $5s. Also, make sure you have coin change too. Of the 10 or so people that showed up to mine at least half had a $20 bill and needed change. You can lose a sale in an instant with no change!

Good luck on your garage sale. It really is a great thing for learning for the kids. I especially like the loading up cars and donating what is left at the end.

What other tips do you have?

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  1. Natalie May 3, 2018 at 6:44 am - Reply

    These are great tips! I would also suggest to group similar items together when hosting a garage sale. It makes it easier for people to “shop”.

  2. Natalie May 3, 2018 at 6:46 am - Reply
  3. Angelica Dimeo May 3, 2018 at 7:49 am - Reply

    love the tips

  4. Kim Henrichs May 3, 2018 at 8:31 am - Reply

    In past experience I learned to get really good stickers! It’s a pain when it gets busy and nothing is marked because the stickers fell off.

  5. Elena May 3, 2018 at 9:47 am - Reply

    My tip is to advertise your garage sale on Facebook and other platforms

  6. Ellie Wright May 3, 2018 at 9:52 am - Reply

    Stock a cooler with ice and sodas and let the kids sell them. I always get thirsty while shopping garage sales.

  7. Ellie Wright May 3, 2018 at 9:52 am - Reply
  8. sandra May 3, 2018 at 10:19 am - Reply

    one of our outdoor staples is sunscreen

  9. VICKIE L COUTURIER May 3, 2018 at 10:39 am - Reply

    the best yard sale to is to get the whole community to have one too,,pass around flyers saying when you have the sale and more people with show up if they know they can walk from place to place

  10. Anna Pry May 3, 2018 at 12:09 pm - Reply

    i hate haggling, must have clear prices on everything!

  11. Audrey Stewart May 3, 2018 at 12:28 pm - Reply
  12. Audrey Stewart May 3, 2018 at 12:30 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the post. I am planning a yard sale for June.

  13. Andrea Darst May 3, 2018 at 1:55 pm - Reply

    I’ve never hosted a garage sale myself, but I love shopping them! I think it’d be important to label everything you’re not willing to negotiate prices on (i.e. appliances, furniture) and also to advertise in local papers/information boards.

  14. Andrea Darst May 3, 2018 at 1:56 pm - Reply
  15. Charity L. May 3, 2018 at 2:36 pm - Reply

    When we have a garage sale, we try and hang clothes up on hangers and place them on a rope so people can look through them easier.

  16. Jessica To May 3, 2018 at 3:17 pm - Reply

    My tip is to have a table or box full of free items. It really draws people and they are more willing to buy other things if they get something small for free.

  17. KENNETH OHL May 3, 2018 at 3:46 pm - Reply

    I have had garage sales with good success one point is make sure your items are all priced people like that

  18. Vickie May 3, 2018 at 4:52 pm - Reply

    I am a yard sale pro.
    Have been doing for decades and always make at least $500 dollars.
    Important to have things clean, no junk, organized, hanging. TAGGED. Have bags, boxes. And, here cold drinks to sell.

  19. Pam Halligan May 3, 2018 at 5:19 pm - Reply

    Allegra is my allergy medicibe pf choice.

  20. Teresa May 3, 2018 at 9:34 pm - Reply

    Definitely keep as many items off the ground and on tables. Many people can’t crouch down to look through clothes, books, etc.

  21. wen budro May 3, 2018 at 9:43 pm - Reply

    My only tip is to advertise the garage sale both in the paper and on Craigslist and by signs around town.

  22. Amy C. May 3, 2018 at 10:15 pm - Reply

    I found it fun to also sell cans of soda and homemade sweet treats. It’s an easy table for the kids to take care of because no one is haggling for those items.

  23. Amy C. May 3, 2018 at 10:18 pm - Reply
  24. Amanda Rauch May 3, 2018 at 11:54 pm - Reply

    I absolutely love yard sales. I have only hosted a few in my life but it was totally worth the trouble. Good tips as sale season is upon us.

  25. Sarah Hayes May 4, 2018 at 8:13 am - Reply

    these are great tips! i think its also fun to have a friend join me bc they may have something that draws ppl in to look at my stuff too. And I make sure everyone working is on the same page about prices, what can be negotiated and what cant.

  26. Sarah Hayes May 4, 2018 at 8:16 am - Reply
  27. Will G May 4, 2018 at 5:55 pm - Reply

    Advertise the garage sale on buy sell trades.

  28. Amy Tong May 4, 2018 at 7:11 pm - Reply

    My tips would be ask for help. Try to ask neighbors or people who have done it successfully for helps and tips.

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

  29. Amy Tong May 4, 2018 at 7:11 pm - Reply
  30. mami2jcn May 4, 2018 at 7:13 pm - Reply

    My tip is to give out cookies to customers!

  31. mami2jcn May 4, 2018 at 7:16 pm - Reply


  32. Jessie C. May 4, 2018 at 7:36 pm - Reply

    My tip is to color label everything with price on them.
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  33. Jessie C. May 4, 2018 at 7:36 pm - Reply
  34. Cheryl B May 4, 2018 at 9:22 pm - Reply

    We advertise our sales in a local paper, and post it on a board at the local market.

  35. Melissa Storms May 5, 2018 at 8:09 am - Reply

    These are very good tips. Our community garage sales are the 4th of July. We get a lot of traffic because our town has had these garage sales for well over a decade and people look forward to it. We are so rural that there is no point even thinking about having a sale any other time. I have not tried Allegra for my son, but we have tried other treatments, we haven’t found one that works and doesn’t make him sleepy yet. I am going to pick up Allegra, I just found a coupon for $4 off at Coupons.com so it is worth a try.

  36. Melissa Storms May 5, 2018 at 8:25 am - Reply
  37. Kelly D May 5, 2018 at 8:54 am - Reply

    I would use price stickers. I don’t like to haggle.

  38. Lisa Brown May 5, 2018 at 9:24 am - Reply

    I try to put prices on everything, I want to make it easy for everyone.
    jslbrown2009 at aol dot com

  39. Lisa Brown May 5, 2018 at 9:25 am - Reply

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  40. Rust May 5, 2018 at 9:33 am - Reply

    My best tip is take all offers, just so nothing has to go back into the house.

  41. kathy Persons May 5, 2018 at 1:56 pm - Reply

    I have never done a yard sale before but was asked to participate in a community wide one

  42. Patricia Colletti May 5, 2018 at 2:15 pm - Reply

    My tip is to advertise on Craigslist and Facebook!


  43. Patricia Colletti May 5, 2018 at 2:16 pm - Reply
  44. heather May 5, 2018 at 2:56 pm - Reply

    My best tip is to put tags on your items and write firm. Also advertise on Craigslist or the newspaper and put up big nice signs.

  45. heather May 5, 2018 at 2:57 pm - Reply
  46. Julie Wood May 5, 2018 at 5:56 pm - Reply

    My tip is to lower the price on some items, or have items to give away free with the big ticket items. People at my yard sale loved it when I gave free items.

  47. Margaret Smith May 5, 2018 at 7:01 pm - Reply

    My tip is to use price stickers on items, this way there is less chance of having someone offer a very low price on a more valuable item.
    Thanks so much.

  48. Margaret Smith May 5, 2018 at 7:02 pm - Reply
  49. Tracy Robertson May 6, 2018 at 3:31 am - Reply

    These are some great tips! I love what someone posted about having a box of free stuff to draw people in to the garage sale. I would also try price everything at an even dollar amount (such as $1 or $2 – no $1.50) to make things easier.

  50. Vincent May 6, 2018 at 12:09 pm - Reply

    We don’t always have enough stuff to do a yard sale, but when a neighbor is having one we will sometimes ask if we can bring some things over and then let them keep a percentage of the $$ from whatever of our stuff sells.

  51. Barbara Montag May 6, 2018 at 5:39 pm - Reply

    It’s always good to have extra people with you the day of the sale.
    They can be a lot of help and company.
    thank you

  52. Barbara Montag May 6, 2018 at 5:42 pm - Reply
  53. shelly peterson May 6, 2018 at 8:30 pm - Reply

    My tip is to pre-price everything and put up garage sale signs around your area.
    cshell090869 at aol dot com

  54. shelly peterson May 6, 2018 at 8:31 pm - Reply

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  55. Candice May 7, 2018 at 1:08 pm - Reply

    My tip is to post your sale on a community board, or Craigslist to attract more attention.

  56. Rachel May 8, 2018 at 8:05 pm - Reply

    My tip is to post the sale on local Buy/Sell/Trade sites as well as community boards.

  57. Cynthia C May 10, 2018 at 4:50 am - Reply

    I’ve had the most success by making sure everything is clean and nicely displayed with prices clearly marked.

  58. Cynthia C May 10, 2018 at 4:52 am - Reply
  59. Marcia Rhinehart May 12, 2018 at 5:26 pm - Reply

    My comment for the yard sales would be have the kids clothes hanging up and hang them separate from the adult clothes.

    Also if you have a lot of baby items…plates, cups, baby spoons, toddler forks, bowls….group them together in freezer bags so people can buy the whole set. We are cleaning out our kitchen cabinets to find all of the kids dishes since child is now in MS and obviously doesn’t use them anymore.

    Make sure you group like items together.

    Thanks for the selling soda, bottled water or baked goods tip. I think we might sell Flavor Ice popsicles since we have freezer in the garage. Great ideas for my son to sell and he can eat one to advertise.

  60. Susan Smith May 15, 2018 at 2:55 pm - Reply

    My tip is to advertise in the local paper and put signs near your subdivision entrance and at the beginning of your street.

  61. linda May 16, 2018 at 12:10 pm - Reply

    I definitely think that it’s help to let people know about the garage sale well in advance

  62. Rebecca W May 18, 2018 at 9:44 pm - Reply

    I really like it when things are priced at a garage sale. I’m more likely to buy if it is cheap. My kids love finding a box of goodies that are marked free.

  63. kjasus May 20, 2018 at 8:38 am - Reply

    I usually have a yard sale every year. We price everything, to make sales easier, but are always ready to negotiate.

  64. Michelle C May 20, 2018 at 8:50 am - Reply

    My garage sale tip is to get other families to join in… it is more fun and I think more people are likely to stop if there are more items to browse!

  65. Michelle C May 20, 2018 at 8:53 am - Reply
  66. Chrissy May 21, 2018 at 7:01 pm - Reply

    Definitely be willing to bargain and price accordingly! People usually come to garage sales planning to haggle and it’s a win win if they can talk you down and you still the price you wanted!

  67. Chrissy May 21, 2018 at 7:03 pm - Reply
  68. Mita May 26, 2018 at 4:47 pm - Reply

    We advertise our sales in a local paper

  69. Adrienne Gordon May 29, 2018 at 11:37 am - Reply

    My tip is to let it all go and don;t try and haggle with people.

  70. David Hollingsworth May 29, 2018 at 2:46 pm - Reply

    My tip would be to make sure that you keep the items you want and sell the items that you want to get rid of. Sometimes we’ve all made that mistake of giving up something that we didn’t really want to.

  71. Stephanie V. May 29, 2018 at 3:59 pm - Reply

    My tip is a street or neighborhood garage sale. more items = more buyers!

  72. Chrystal D May 29, 2018 at 6:14 pm - Reply

    My tip is to be able to negotiate with people on the prices. After all, it’s stuff you want to get rid of!

  73. Cindy Merrill May 29, 2018 at 6:53 pm - Reply

    My top tip for garage sales- even covered by a tarp, books and art will still get damp during a heavy rain, so bring these items indoors!

  74. Billie Rowell May 29, 2018 at 8:12 pm - Reply

    Buy bottled water on sale and keep it stocked in a cooler to resell. People get thirsty while they are shopping at garage sales.

  75. Billie Rowell May 29, 2018 at 8:13 pm - Reply
  76. amber May 29, 2018 at 9:32 pm - Reply

    my tip is to have a free box on the curb to lure people, and have the kids sell lemonade and cookies

  77. Jennifer Williams May 29, 2018 at 10:12 pm - Reply

    We would always make sure to have a low bin/blanket of toys in a safe spot so kids could have a clear place to go and browse while parents poked around. When we kids got big enough that there weren’t a lot of our own toys for sale, we’d ask around or even thrift a few so small visitors had something to look at too.

  78. Abigail Gibson May 30, 2018 at 1:02 am - Reply

    I send out email messages to local churches a few weeks prior so that they can tell their members as we usually have a multi family yard sale.

  79. Suzanne K May 30, 2018 at 12:35 pm - Reply

    Mark prices clearly and organize your items so that similar things are together

  80. Iliana B May 30, 2018 at 9:22 pm - Reply

    I have had a few and as everyone has said mark everything.. you may use color dots and then a chart.. green is $3 blue $4 etc…

    After 5 pm on first day do a buy 1 get 2nd 1/2 price and on last day 1/2 price for everything.

    Advertise on community fb forums where garage sales are posted.

    Sell coffee and water and cookies!

  81. Christina Gould May 31, 2018 at 1:20 am - Reply

    My tip is to go in with others for a garage/yard sale. You attract more traffic when the community does one together. Thanks for the giveaway!

  82. Christina Gould May 31, 2018 at 1:25 am - Reply
  83. beth shepherd May 31, 2018 at 6:37 pm - Reply

    My tip is to do a neighborhood yard sale. It helps to have more sellers to get more traffic. THank you for the great article

  84. Theresa Jenkins May 31, 2018 at 8:29 pm - Reply

    my tip is to have some kind of shade(we camp so we have tarps with poles)

  85. Wendy R. June 1, 2018 at 12:41 am - Reply

    It’s my experience that taking a bit of time beforehand to price things means more sales. When things are not priced, people are not as likely to ask how much.

  86. Denise B. June 1, 2018 at 1:42 am - Reply

    Make sure everything is properly cleaned.

  87. Ashley C June 3, 2018 at 6:25 am - Reply

    O think advertising your sale is super important

  88. Jennifer B June 3, 2018 at 3:25 pm - Reply

    Advertise everywhere you can and lots of good bright signs. Helps to stick with same color and maybe some flags or balloons in front of the house. Also don’t overprice things. I don’t how many sales I walked out from because the prices were so ridiculous. I will be tons of stuff if the price is right. If things are too high I won’t buy anything.

  89. jen gersch June 6, 2018 at 9:52 am - Reply

    If someone wants to haggle, know the lowest price you will accept

  90. Alecia Gibson June 8, 2018 at 1:00 am - Reply

    Go on Facebook and join all of the garage sale groups in your area. When you advertise your garage sale on those groups, make sure to take pictures of the more valuable, collectible or rare items to attract more attention and to get people interested in what you have for sale. You should also advertise on Craigslist.

  91. Veronica Morin June 9, 2018 at 11:16 pm - Reply
  92. Linda June 10, 2018 at 3:35 pm - Reply

    Wonderful tips submitted!

  93. clynsg June 14, 2018 at 7:03 am - Reply

    My daughter also wants to have a garage sale very soon, and we certainly have a large nimber of kid’s clothes as well as a couple of larger items that might sell fairly well. At least she is old enough to do most of the work, since I am DEFINITELY not a garage sale person.

  94. Francine Anchondo June 14, 2018 at 2:19 pm - Reply

    Make sure to advertise your garage sale.

  95. Shawn Stover June 14, 2018 at 5:08 pm - Reply

    advertise the garage sale both in the paper and on Craigslist

  96. Lee Morelli June 14, 2018 at 7:08 pm - Reply

    Great tips

  97. JACK ROSENFELD June 14, 2018 at 7:17 pm - Reply

    I prefer to rent a table at a local flea market. It’s more organized and there’s a heavier flow of traffic, Additionally, you don’t get saddled with the early bird shoppers before you’re set up or the late stragglers that come as you’re putting things away. Less stress making for a better experience.

  98. Veronica June 14, 2018 at 9:59 pm - Reply

    Always take stuff for the kids and bring extra due to other kids in case they don’t have. We try and save every penny.

  99. Debbie McBrearty June 15, 2018 at 8:23 am - Reply

    Great tips. Makes me want to clean out and garage sale it!

  100. Letessha Williams June 17, 2018 at 3:08 pm - Reply

    My tip is to have a cooler with free refreshments.

  101. Chrissy June 18, 2018 at 5:07 pm - Reply

    My best tip is to be willing to bargain and price accordingly! I think most people come to a garage sail wanting to haggle so if you plan that into your price everyone wins!

  102. Chrissy June 18, 2018 at 5:13 pm - Reply
  103. Donna June 20, 2018 at 9:18 am - Reply

    Send out reminder emails 🙂

  104. claudia davis June 24, 2018 at 10:47 am - Reply

    Towards the end of the day, I would offer discounts!

  105. Elle June 26, 2018 at 1:48 pm - Reply

    My tip is to keep things simple for people. Don’t overcrowd tables or make it hard to see what items you have to offer.

  106. Colleen June 28, 2018 at 4:30 pm - Reply

    I’ve never had a yard sale before, so there were some great tips to get me thinking. Down here in Florida, cold drinks would be a great thing to offer!


  107. Rebecca W July 3, 2018 at 7:56 pm - Reply

    I like to try to sell things online! It’s easy to list things locally or ship items through the mail. It’s a nice way to make a little money.

  108. Rebecca W July 3, 2018 at 7:57 pm - Reply
  109. Denise S July 9, 2018 at 7:36 am - Reply

    My tip is to make signs all around the area directing to the sale.

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  111. Tabitha July 11, 2018 at 9:22 pm - Reply

    My main tip is patience. Don’t close up 30 minutes before your signs say. Stragglers have money too!!

  112. Sert July 21, 2018 at 12:53 pm - Reply

    Send out email and FB reminders!

  113. Debbie B July 22, 2018 at 9:45 am - Reply

    Put some signs up around main roads advertising your sale – be sure to take them down after the sale is over

  114. Debbie B July 22, 2018 at 10:08 am - Reply
  115. Kriss July 23, 2018 at 3:54 am - Reply

    Take the time to hang clothes by stringing a line up or something that works. Be ready to take offers, have enough change and color code your labels to make it easier. Always have another person to do this with you.

  116. angeline debrum July 26, 2018 at 2:55 pm - Reply

    I’ve always wanted to do garage sales on my on own but never knows what to do for sure.. thanks for the tips…

  117. julie August 1, 2018 at 10:14 am - Reply

    Sending out reminder emails have been the biggest thing for me

  118. Jessica H August 3, 2018 at 10:18 pm - Reply

    Have the kids sell doughnuts and coffe/hot chocolate.

  119. Danalee Davis August 4, 2018 at 10:27 am - Reply

    I think it should be well advertised on social media, as well as signs around town at the busy areas.

  120. Barbara Fox August 14, 2018 at 11:20 am - Reply

    Advertise, advertise, advertise, and advertise some more!

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