How to Sell Everything at Your Garage Sale
How to Price Items at a Garage Sale
If you're planning or thinking about having a garage sale, you must be of the mind to sell your items. Selling your items means you are going to price them at least seventy-five to ninety percent off the price you paid.
If you have expensive items that you won't sell for that cheap, you can set them aside and list them on Craigslist, eBay, your local newspaper, etc.
You cannot make money, or sell everything at your garage sale, with overpriced items. People are looking for deals and no matter how nice your items are, if you're not offering deals, you will have very little sales.
Price your items to move and go even lower when you are coming upon your closing time. I normally like to price all clothing at twenty-five cents an hour before my garage sale ends.
I will start handing out grocery bags and the clothing quickly disappears. I've had women buy trash bags full of clothing and when they hear the price, they go back looking for more! I usually sell most of my clothing this way and also gain repeat buyers for future garage sales.
How I price items at my garage sales:
- Tell buyers everything is half off prices marked.
- Depending on what you have left, you can say everything except clothing is $1.00, $5.00, you name the price to get the sales going.
- Let buyers give you their best offer. Something is better than nothing for your items. You'd be surprised at the prices people will offer, sometimes they are more than you would've asked!
- Give people a better deal for buying in bulk. Let's say your books are discounted to twenty-five cents and you have someone who wants to buy ten of them. Let the buyer know they can pick out an extra five books for fifty-cents more or ten books for one dollar more. You'll be surprised at how quickly items will go when buyers know they can get a bulk discount.
Where to Find Buyers for Leftover Garage Sale Items
After I have given some great deals and it's approaching my closing time, I'm clearly tired and ready for a nap. The thought of gathering, packing, and delivering items for donation is tiring and very unappealing.
I want to sell everything that is left from my garage sale without the hassle of storing it for next time, listing each item on eBay or Etsy, setting up again the next day, or keeping my garage sale open, hoping people will stop by. So after much trial and error, I figured out the best way to sell every single item at my garage sale.
The #1 way I sell everything, is by selling it all, for one price, on Craigslist. People pay me to clear my driveway and haul off my items. I don't think you can get much better than that! Check out my steps below.
How to Find Bulk Garage Sale Buyers
- Take a picture of your entire garage sale or make a quick list of what you have.
- Create an ad on Craigslist under General For Sale.
- Add your picture, address, and phone number, if you don't mind texts and calls from interested buyers..
- Determine a price for everything and make it clear that the buyer must take all of it. You don't want the hassle of selling individual items or splitting up the lot with multiple people. Believe me, someone will take it all, especially if the price is right.
- Consider what you have left. If you have small or inexpensive items you can charge $10, $15, $25 for everything. If you have furniture, antiques, electronics, etc, then you might want to say $30, $50, or $75 for everything. Just remember to keep the price low, so it sells quickly, and you're left with cash and not your items.
- Do not hold your items for anyone. Sell them on a first come, first served basis.
- Put a time limit on how long your items will be for sale. You might want to give it up to four hours depending on the time your sale ended. My items sold on a Friday, in less than an hour after I listed them.
- Unless you want to share bags and boxes, make sure you buyers know to bring their own.
- When the buyer arrives, make sure it's clear what is and isen't apart of the garage sale.Have the buyer pay you first and then let them start collecting the items.
- Stay outside while the buyer is loading the items. Make sure they aren't taking any "extras" with them and that they are taking all of your leftover items, as stated on your Craigslist ad.