“We have stuff.”

I saw a sign this weekend that said, “We have stuff.” I laughed and said, “Yep, who doesn’t want stuff?!”

It dawned on me that stupid, catchy signs like this actually do make people pay attention, which is why I’ll be applying this to-do to my GARAGE SALE plans for this weekend.

That’s right, our neighborhood is having a HUGE subdivision sale this weekend and you better believe I’m cashing in on this chance to purge our house of our out-grown furniture, decor and clothing and make a little money in the process.

Seeing as this is our first ever garage sale, I decided to do some investigating on the best way to draw the crowds for the most success. Here is what I found!

Price Appropriately: Remembering that your main goal is to clear out your junk, make sure you’re pricing your items to SELL. While you may have paid a pretty penny for that purse or end-table, it’s not going to sell for what you think it may be worth. You have to be okay with parting with your items for a much lower price than you paid. So what do most garage sale goodies typically sell for?

  1. Clothes (Adult and Children): Anywhere from $1-$5
  2. Baby Furniture and Gear (High-Chairs, Pack ‘n Plays, etc.): $10-$50, depending upon condition
  3. Baby/Kids Toys:
    1. Small Toys: $0.50 – $1
    2. Larger Toys: $1 – $5
    3. Interactive, Electronic Toys: $5 – $10
    4. Ride-On Toys: $10 – $25
    5. Bikes: $10 – $50, depending upon condition
  4. Furniture:
    1. Chairs: $20 – $30
    2. Tables (End): $10 – $20
    3. Tables (Dining): $50 – $100 (with chairs included)
    4. Sofas: $100
    5. Beds: $50 – $100
  5. Decor:
    1. Pillows: $1 – $5
    2. Lamps: $5 – $10
    3. Area Rugs: $20
    4. Small Rugs: $5 – $10
    5. Picture Frames: $0.50 – $5

Here’s a chart I found online with additional suggestions for smaller items. Check it out!

Create Stopping Power: Cluing back to my “We have stuff,” sign, I’m planning to make large posters with catchy phrases. For example, I love these signs I found on Pinterest. Everyone’s garages are going to be open, so why is our sale better than others? Well, if you’ve taken a minute to stop to read our signs, maybe you’ll stop in to see what we have!


Yes, this is probably true…

Make a Checklist and Check it Twice: We’re inviting our parents to also participate in the sale to boost our offerings. As a way to keep track of who sold what, we’re making a checklist of what we’ve put out and at what price. This way we can keep a live update of what’s gone, what’s left, and how much we’re making in the process.

Keep Valuables in the Back, Big Tickets in the Front: Again, the game is to lure the shoppers in. Keeping bulkier, but seeking-at-a-bargain items in the front of the driveway piques interest of those driving by. Keep your valuables or smaller items in the back so you can closely watch them. Unfortunately garage sales sometimes invite folk who may go for the five-finger-discount, so protecting the valuables in the back (as well as the cash) ensures they don’t walk away with a higher-valued item for free.

Store “Not for Sale” Garage Items: To avoid the repeat question of, “Is this for sale,” store garage items that aren’t up for grabs in the back of the house or basement.

Provide Bags to Secure the Sale: We’re in the back of the subdivision, so by the time shoppers make their way to us, they may have their hands (and cars) full. Seal the deal by offering to place their goodies in plastic bags you saved from grocery trips.

Be Prepared for Smaller (and Larger) Purchases: Ensure you have cash on hand in case you need to break $10s and $20s. Nothing makes someone walk away faster than being told, “Sorry, I can’t break that.”

Wish us much luck and success! The weather is supposed to call for rain, so we’re hoping for the best.


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