10 Tips for Having a Killer Garage Sale

As the weather warms, yard sale season is heating up. These tips will help you get more for your unwanted stuff.

7. Be flexible


Some people always offer to pay full price, but many more love to haggle. Hear them out, and be willing to lower the price as the day goes on. Your goal is to make money from your stuff, rather than taking it to the thrift store.

8. Provide plastic bags


Want to score cool points with shoppers? Have free plastic bags on hand — the ones you get at the grocery store when you’ve forgotten your canvas bag at home. That way, your customers won’t have to lug around a bunch of small items.

You can also offer a “fill a bag special” on select low-priced items, such as baby clothes, small toys or books. I did this at a flea market sale a few years back and walked away with almost double the amount I anticipated earning for the day.

9. Don’t be a stalker!


You want guests to be as comfortable as possible, so have a pitcher of water and disposable cups available. Let them roam freely among the sale items without you standing close by. Always offer a kind greeting and let them know you’re available if they need assistance.

10. Donate what’s left


Figure out beforehand which charity will receive what you haven’t sold at the conclusion of the sale. Call and ask about the best times to make deliveries. Some charities will come to your home to pick up large items.

Finally, put the money you’ve earned to good use. If you’re saddled with debt, allocate the funds toward the outstanding balances. Or you can give your savings a boost.

Do you have any great garage sale tips? Share them in our Forums. It’s a place where you can swap questions and answers on money-related matters, life hacks and ingenious ways to save.

Allison Martin
Allison Martin @amthewriter
After spending years as a governmental accountant, I decided to transition into the world of freelance writing. When I'm not busy writing, I enjoy mentoring mommy-preneurs and helping others manage their finances. ... More


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