Rummage Sale, Garage Sale, Yard Sale. Whatever you want to call it, it's just another word for being able to get rid of the things you no longer want and need. Want to make the most of your rummage sale? Here's a guide!
When deciding on the plans for your sale first you need to pick a day. May and June are the most popular months to have a sale. You'll also need to decide if you want your sale to be Saturday only or Friday and Saturday. (Personally I never go to a sale that was Friday and Saturday because I can only get out on Saturday's and if the sale was already started the day before, the good items probably aren't there anymore.) Also think about your hours. Many people like to head to rummage sales very early in the morning so I would recommend being open at least by 7.
Hopefully by the time you decide to have a sale, you already have things cleaned out, boxed up and ready. If not you will have to make a clean sweep through the house finding what you will have for sale. Start in one room and work your way all through the house collecting boxes of items.
Ask to borrow friends and families folding tables and set up as many as you can. The better product displays you have the better your items will sell. If your customers have to dig through boxes to find items they will buy less or maybe not even buy at all.
Price your items with garage sale pricing in mind. Don't over-value your products because you think they are super nice or you are attached to them. Price them to sell. The idea here is to get these things out of your house that you no longer need or have room for, not to show them off and then put them back. When I first get to a rummage sale a quick glace over the prices will tell me if this sale is worth stopping at or if I'm just going to pass by. Also make sure that ALL your products are marked. My biggest pet peeve when it comes to rummage sales is a sale that doesn't have anything marked and you just have to ask for prices. I almost always pass those by.
Near the end of the day if you still have products left...it's time to mark them down. In your advertisement you could say that after noon all items are $1, or maybe fill a bag for $3. Anything to get your items out the door.
Advertise, advertise, advertise. Tell your friends and family. Advertise in the paper and on local fee classifieds sites. Make sure you have large, easy to read signs that point the way to your sale. If people are going to buy from you, they want to know what you have and where you are!
If a traditional rummage sale isn't an option for you (no garage, live in an apartment, too far from town, ect) you might want to consider selling online. Search for Facebook groups in your area that are titled, Free Classifieds, or Online Garage Sale, or similar. Create an album and take snapshots of all the items you want to sell. Have people come pick up the items or create a drop area and meet everyone on a certain day. I've been really into this style of selling lately and it works out well for me to create a day and drop point to meet everyone since I don't live in town. The extra bonus to selling this way is that you don't have to wait for nice weather, you can sell any time of year!
What tips do you have for selling at a rummage sale?
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