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Garage Sale Basics

Take note of these steps before you sell your items


Holding a garage sale is another easy way to rid our house of clutter. Remember the adage, "one man's trash is another man's treasure?" This holds true for garage sales. You may no longer use some of your stuff but others can find purpose for it. To help you get started, take note of these garage sale basics.

Photos used in this feature by Ocs Alvarez/ACME Visual Productions. Styled by Zoe Perez.

Read the original article in the August 2014 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App now! Log on to for more details.

Take note of these steps:


Ask yourself: Do you currently use it? Does it still fit? Does it have sentimental value? If it’s beyond repair, throw it out. Here’s a useful guide for decluttering: Get boxes, label them as “throw,” “recycle,” “sell or donate,” and “deal with.”

Sort your items accordingly.

Keep your momentum going by using a handy “deal with” box, the items in which you can contemplate on when you’re done sorting. Dispose of your purged things.

Alert the neighborhood.

First, ask the building/village association for permission. Prepare a garage sale signage in big, bold letters. Make sure you put the date and the address so everything is clear.

Curate your items.

Limit the items to 10 pieces of each type.

Plan traffic.

Lay out your store in a G-shape to direct traffic flow and maximize display and selling space. 

Have change on hand.

Break your large bills beforehand for loose change.

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