Last weekend we hosted the first official Ferguson-Higgins Garage sale! We had accumulated quite the pile of crap from our 4 (or 5) years of college and even more from our year living together. Everything must go!
Here are a couple of tips to make your future garage sales great!
- Price Everything (but be willing to negotiate) We bought price stickers for $2.00 from Target but gave many deals when people bought more than 1 item. Also, group like-items together, for example we had a sign for “T-shirts 50 cents.”
- Market your sale. We live in a college neighborhood, so it was important to ensure that people from other neighborhoods were joining us. We posted on the Facebook Group “Lubbock Online Garage Sale”, yardsalesearch.com, and Craigslist.
- Start early. We officially opened at 7:30 am. However, at 7:15 in the morning we already had customers and made $15 before we were even open! Help people spend their cash early in the morning before it’s spent at your neighbors on ceramic cat statues.
- Be kind! Being friendly goes a long way. We had customers that felt inclined to post on Facebook how nice we were and recommended that everyone should swing by our garage sale. How cool is that?!
- The Internet is Your Friend. Post what items are left throughout the day on Facebook and Craigslist. So instead of letting people come by our garage to check things out, we posted all of our goodies and had people who wanted to come by and pick up their haul! We took our garage sale online and it paid off.
- Be Organized and Deliberate. As items were selling off the tabletops we would fill empty spots with items from ground level. People will notice things that are closer to eye-level and easier to pick up.
Overall, it was a fun weekend bonding and we made some money for our plane tickets to Shanghai! Have you had luck with garage sales in the past?Professional Garage Sale -ers (Sellers?) Tips & Tricks from our Experience by lpferguson22