One of the great things about fall is that it’s the perfect opportunity for one of the finest American traditions of them all – the garage sale. It’s natural to feel like a little downsizing is in order every now and again and a garage sale is a perfect way to take care of this need and have a little fun at the same time. If you want to have a successful garage sale in the fall, however, you’ll want to keep a few key things in mind.
Let Technology Be Your Guide
One of the biggest mistakes that people make when putting on a garage sale involves setting unrealistic prices for items. Remember that something is only worth as much as a buyer is willing to pay for it. Even if you paid $50 for a brand new video game that is still in the packaging, you’re not necessarily going to get $50 for it – if a buyer decides that it’s only worth $20, this in turn becomes its inherent value.
In order to make sure you’re pricing your items as fairly and as accurately as possible, make use of all the modern technological conveniences you have available to you. Sites like Letgo, Offerup, eBay and even Craigslist can be a great channel to use to search for similar items and get an instant, fairly accurate indication about what real people are buying and selling these items for. You can then price your own items at your garage sale accordingly. If someone makes you a lower offer on the day, you can quickly fire up the Letgo or Offerup apps on your smartphone, check the prices and determine what you’re comfortable with.
Don’t Lose Focus
Perhaps the most important step to take to help have a successful garage sale in the fall, however, comes in the form of getting your own expectations in line. Always remember that the point of a garage sale is to get rid of as many items as possible that you don’t want. A garage sale isn’t going to make you rich, but what it will do is help you clear out some of the old clutter from your life that you just aren’t interested in anymore – this is your number one priority. As a result, you may have to get creative.
If you begin to notice that certain items on their own aren’t attracting the type of attention you want, consider bundling them together with similar items for a discount. You could also make use of the tried-but-true retail tactic of “buy one, get one free” – if there’s a particular item that you just can’t seem to get rid of, consider throwing it in as a “freebie” to make the purchase of a different (preferably more expensive) item that much more attractive to prospective buyers.
In the End
Regardless of how successful your garage sale is, it’s important to understand that you’ll never have a 100% success rate. Some items that you put out on a table early in the morning will still be there when you close up shop at night – there’s no getting around it. For those items that you just can’t seem to get rid of, consider ways that you might repurpose them into your life to get some additional use out of them. If nobody wants your old iPad 1 because it’s seen better days and is antiquated technology at this point, you’re only one magnetic refrigerator mount away from having a digital recipe book on your fridge at all times.
As a last resort, you can also always call Power Cleanouts to have all of your old items hauled away as efficiently as possible. Power Cleanouts is New Jersey’s premiere choice for junk and rubbish removal and our passionate and professional staff is trained to meet your needs and exceed your expectations each and every time. To set up a pickup appointment or to find out more information, contact Power Cleanouts at (201) 624-1171 today. We wish you success in your garage sale in the fall.