The Former Garage Sale Queen had another garage sale a few weeks ago. Even though I’ve decluttered and donated and flat-out-trashed huge amounts of stuff in the past three years, I still managed to scrape together enough clutter to justify spending ten dollars for a newspaper ad.
And to be willing to greet strangers in my driveway before 7 a.m. on a Saturday morning.
Was it successful?
Yes . . . because my goal was to get rid of stuff. I made enough money to justify the time I spent, but not enough to inspire any dances of joy.
And, even though I consider myself a total expert on the subject of how to have a garage sale, I still learned a few more lessons.
Buy or borrow one of those markers that identifies counterfeit bills.
No, I didn’t receive any counterfeit bills. BUT, the biggest shopper at my sale spent twenty-seven dollars, paid with a $100 bill, and hauled off a lot of stuff AND seventy-three dollars of my real money.
My ever-so-amazing ability to imagine worst-case-scenarios was at its best for the rest of the day as I stressed about whether or not that $100 bill was real. And whether or not I had just paid someone a lot of money to take my stuff home with her.
Thankfully, it was real. But I didn’t know that until Hubby took it to work with him and checked it with one of their special pens.
I think for my next sale I’d prefer to get a pen ahead of time, so I can sleep better after the sale is over.
I already knew Craigslist is a no-brainer for advertising garage sales . . . since it’s free. However, I didn’t think it was a necessity because it’s not the primary way people find garage sales in my area.
BUT . . . the Monday after the sale someone emailed me to ask if one of my large items had sold. It hadn’t (and I had whined and complained about that several times to my husband) and she arranged to come pick it up within a few days! The beauty of Craigslist is that it’s free AND you can be much more specific about items than you can in a twenty-five-word newspaper ad.
Are you planning a garage sale soon?
I’ve given tons of advice for having a successful sale. Just click on the pink links to get to the corresponding posts.
I made some webisodes with garage sale advice, but I’ve been too crazy-busy to get them edited and uploaded to my YouTube channel. Hopefully, they’ll be coming soon!
Oh, you’re wondering about the Amazon link to the marker? It’s most definitely my affiliate link!