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6 Creative Garage Sale Ideas

Set up shop and earn extra money from your extra stuff at home


Garage sales are fun because you not only get rid of home stuff that you no longer need, other people get to buy assorted items at affordable prices, too!

Set up shop in your yard and take inspiration from these creative ideas.

Styling by Zoe Perez. Photographed by Ocs Alvarez.

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1. Color coordinate and create an interesting space. Just because your selling discards doesn't mean you can just dump them wherever. Set up your merchandise on a table covered with a colorful sarong. This makes the space attractive and can perk up the look of your wares.
2. Don't forget the price tags. Cut up bond paper into price tags, punch a hole, and tie them on. You may also use a masking tape or attach colored stickers on the bottom or at the back of the items. Price items individually or as a group.
3. Keep a kit handy. Have a garage sale kit handy. Keep scissors, scotch tape, pens, extra price tags, and other essentials that you might need during the sale in one box or bag so you don't have to keep running into the house for them.
4. Create a focal point. Group similar items to make it easier for buyers to find them. Old books, CDs, comics, and magazines can go in one corner for an instant pop culture setup.
5. Setup a corner for girls only. Many ladies are drawn into costume jewelry and other cute accessories so you may opt to set up a "For girls only" corner. Hang old bracelets on a mug, place earrings and necklaces in a bowl, and set up a mirror, too.
6. Go Green. If you're a green thumb, take a few cuttings from some of your plants in the yard, put them in plastic cups, and add a little soil. You can sell them for a few pesos or along with an old gardening book.

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