Moving is about new chances and opportunities. Whether you’re moving for a career path, to experience a new city, or because you just got married, the newness and excitement are ever-present. We understand a lot of planning and preparation go into executing a move. Amid all the hustle and bustle, one of the best things you can do for your wallet and your move is to organize a garage sale or multiple garage sales.
Moving and Garage Sales
If you’ve been at your current place for a while, you’ve probably collected a lot of stuff. Many people start to plan a move and don’t realize the extent of their clutter and possessions. When you move, you pay for how much stuff needs to be moved. One of the simplest solutions to the problem of too much stuff is a garage sale. There are a few obvious perks you’ll enjoy. With a successful garage sale, you can:
- Make Extra Money: Whatever you sell will put money into your pocket. Any extra money at the time of your move will be useful.
- Lighten Your Moving Load: The less stuff you have to move, the less you have to pay to move it. This makes moving day that much easier on your movers as well.
- Deal with Less Stuff: Downsizing and minimizing the clutter and excess in your life can be refreshing. You’re moving for a new start of some kind, so why not clear away the clutter in your life and make it a completely fresh start?
Tips for Having a Good Garage Sale
There’s no right or wrong way, but we’ve compiled some tips for having a good garage sale. Feel free to mix and match or alter them to fit your particular needs or preferences. Here’s how to have a good garage sale:
- Start with Organizing: Go through your belongings and select things you don’t need or things you haven’t used in a long time. If there are items unfit to sell, toss them.
- Classify Your Stuff: After you’ve figured out what you’re selling, organize these into similar groups. For instance, put the furniture in one group, toys in another, etc.
- Set Up Your Sale: Know when and where you want to hold your garage sale. It’s also a good idea to check with local authorities to make sure you can host a garage sale.
- Advertise: Put up fliers, talk to your neighbors, spread the word about your sale as best as you can. The more people hear about it, the more likely you’ll have a good turnout.
- Prep Your Items: Take some time to ensure the items you’re selling are clean and presentable. People don’t want to buy old, gross things.
- Price Wisely: You’re trying to sell as much as you possibly can, so keep your prices low. The lower the price, the more likely people will want to buy.
- Be Open to Bargaining: Some of your items might deserve a higher price tag, and that’s great. But since you’ve organized a garage sale, people are going to think you’re open to haggling. And you should be. If the goal is to get rid of your stuff, you have to be willing to sell it for less than you initially wanted.
- Keep the Area Organized: The hallmark of a good garage sale is how it looks visually, so keep it organized and tidy. The effort you’ve put into the appearance of your sale will attract potential customers.
- Be Involved: Talk to the people who come to your garage sale. Interact with them. Be friendly and inviting but not pushy. This will create the right kind of atmosphere as you try to clear out any excess in your life.