How To Hold A Moving Sale

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Tips to Make Your Garage Sale a Success

You’re getting ready to go someplace new. Did you know a moving sale can help you save money and make money at the same time?

A garage sale or yard sale can turn your unwanted items into cash. It can also lower your moving cost by reducing the weight of your load. And, if you’re trying to sell your home, a moving sale might even attract a buyer.

Follow these garage sale tips to organize a successful moving sale and put cash in your pocket.

Tip 1. Know what to sell and what to keep.

The first, crucial step is to determine what you will part with. Here is a good rule of thumb: you no longer use nor need it, and someone else might want it; or you can easily replace it at your new home.

Tip 2. Get others involved from the start.

Ask your family members to join in the effort. This is their golden chance to get rid of outdated fashions or clothes that don’t fit—and anything else they no longer need. Consider sharing your plans with neighbors—they may like to “jump on the bandwagon.” You might even organize a block-wide sale; a bigger event draws more people, all potential buyers.

Tip 3. Pick a Friday or Saturday.

Except for holidays, weekends are usually best for garage sales. When you announce the date, include the sale hours, such as 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. Expect people to stop by at any time. No matter what time you start, some will show up a half-hour early. So be prepared.

Tip 4. Choose a location with good access and ample parking.

Before you decide on a garage, yard, or basement, check with local authorities. You don’t want to find out on sale day your event violates codes. Make sure you have enough parking. Try to allow plenty of space for people to move around easily as they come and go.