“I always spot garage sales when driving.” Ashley Freshwater, an Akron native said. “The problem is that I don’t have time to stop since I have somewhere I need to go, if I heard of a sale beforehand I would have scheduled time to check”
This is often the case when it comes to having a garage sale, you will get used to seeing cars drive by than having cars stop by. What is often forgotten is that there comes serious preparation beforehand that must be done, as well as a few important factors to remember during the sale.
Timing is an important aspect to keep in mind for a garage sale. While it is obvious that winter is most likely the least favorable time, there is a certain time that is prime for a sale.
“Spring is the essential time for a garage sale, not only because of the weather.” Tyler Stackpole, an Akron native who has held many successful garage sales said. “This time of year is the time people do spring cleaning, and this leads to finding items that they will not use anymore. Everyone knows this and knows it is the essential time for sales.”
The next step to your garage sale is advertising. You must make sure that you spread the word about your sale. You cannot rely on people to simply stop by the day of your sale. Money might be involved in this, but not much.
“Having to advertise does not mean you have to spend a lot of money.” Zachary Kuzmik, a Cuyahoga Falls native who has had successful garage sales said. “I went to my local craft store, picked up some cheap construction paper, made signs, and put them at the end of streets of my neighborhood before and the day of the sale.”
Proximity is an important factor to keep in mind.
“Putting up signs in distant areas other than your neighborhood is not a good idea” Zachary Kuzmik said. “People living far away will not want to drive that far for a simple garage sale.”
The next step is setting up your sale.
“You have your bigger stuff out in front to attract your customers, then your smaller valuable items inside the garage itself.” Tyler Stackpole said.
Your final step to a successful garage sale is haggling. Customers will most likely want a different price.
“You have to listen and try and strike a deal, no matter what.” Zachary Kuzmik “You are selling your items for a reason, best to get rid of them quick.”
If you follow these steps, you can get many customers to come to your garage sale. Instead of seeing the constant view of cars driving by, you will see cars stopping by to view your wares.