Garage and Yard Sale Tips

Whether you’re about to move or not, holding a garage sale is a good way to get rid of unneeded stuff and make some cash in the process. However, garage sales and yard sales can involve a lot of hard work and stress. Brandon Moving & Storage of Central Arkansas has some tips on how to get your garage sale going while keeping your peace of mind!


Get started early. Don’t put off organizing your garage or yard sale until the last minute. Depending on how much you have to sell, you will need to put a significant amount of time and effort into getting ready. If you plan ahead, you can set aside time each day of the week leading up to the sale to accomplish these tasks. You’ll want a good night’s sleep because you’ll likely find that there are many serious yard sale seekers that cruise around early in the morning looking for a bargain.  People too often find themselves driving around town all night putting up signs for the morning or organizing and price-tagging sale items. Speaking of signs...


Make good signage. You’ll want to make enough to maximize the number of potential buyers that show up. It’s important to use writing big enough to read easily from the road, with your address clearly shown. Use large arrows with the signs to direct people from the busier streets so there is no confusion about your location. It’s also important to clearly show the date and time of your sale, so you don’t have people showing up before you’re ready.

Advertise on social media with quality pictures. You don’t need to photograph every single item, but taking the time to make an online listing on Facebook, Craigslist, or community sites will pay off by attracting more potential customers. Even if you just use your phone’s camera, take pictures of the bigger and more expensive items for the listing. If possible, place these items by themselves (without clutter in the background) and take a picture that will make them look attractive.


Organization and cleanliness. No one likes showing up to a dirty, cluttered, and disorganized garage sale. If you set aside time beforehand to clean the area and plan where to place everything neatly, people will appreciate the pleasant atmosphere and will be more likely to stay longer, browse, and make a purchase.

Keep prices reasonable and be willing to barter. You’ll end up selling more stuff if you’re willing to accept a lower price for some items, especially when it’s getting close to time to wrap up your sale. Go ahead and put a price tag on everything, but be willing to come down on the price a little in order to make the sale. Though you may not get as much as you had originally hoped for each item, getting at least something for the item and getting rid of it is much better than getting nothing and having the items still around. Last, but definitely not least, it’s a good idea to have some “petty cash” to make change if people pay with larger bills.


As long as you plan your sale appropriately in advance, you’ll have minimal issues the day-of and can focus on letting your junk become someone else’s treasure. When you’re ready to move, make sure you plan to use the professionals at Brandon Moving & Storage—we have you covered for ALL of your moving needs. Get your FREE quote today!