101: Setting Up A Garage Sale

Turn your trash into treasure, stat!


Holding a garage sale is a win-win situation. You get to rid your home of unwanted clutter and earn good money in the process.  

While opening an online store and putting up auctions on Ebay work well for some people, holding an old-fashioned garage sale is still the best—especially if you have a ton of items up for grabs. However, it can also be stressful and frustrating if you’re unsure about what you’re doing.  

To help you streamline the process, here's a step-by-step guide that you can follow:

Main photo from: Farmhouse Fresh

Prepare the items for sale

Give yourself enough time to get ready. Take a month or two to clean out your closets, the garage, basement, attic, and even your outdoor storage sheds. Go through your things thoroughly to make sure you gather items that still have good value.

RL Tip: Make it a rule of thumb to dispose of anything that you haven’t used in the last six months! Chances are, if you haven’t reached for it within that time frame, you are never going to use it.

Make an inventory

Since you already know what you want to put up for sale, you can sort them into different categories such as clothing, books, and home décor. This is a great way to track which items are fast moving and which ones are quite hard to sell.  

RL Tip: Sale day can be chaotic and some buyers don't like asking for prices so don't forget to put a tag on everything!

Photo from Compare The Market

Build a strategy

Before opening your own, go around and check out other yard sales. Try to take note of what you like about it or see what works and what doesn’t.  Incorporate these pointers to what suits your preferences to avoid blunders during sale day.

Secure permits

Some areas require business permits to run a garage sale. Don’t skip calling your village or barangay office to ask if you a need one to prevent getting shut down and fined.

Get the word out 

Whether you're placing ads online or making signs, make sure to include your address, date, time and some of your best items for sale. Shoppers are more likely to come if they already have an idea of what to expect.

Photo from Back to the Roots

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