New garage sale thread....
Okay, just starting the new thread, even though I'm no longer much of a garage saler.
For those thinking about doing one this spring. I've found that it's very hard to do one alone. Have at least one friend help.
Someone snagging tomatoes is really low. Be sure you lock any doors to your home. Nope, sorry baby, can't use the potty (unless you have a friend and you can go in the house with the people). Lock gates to the back yard if you can.
If you do have a garage, set up inside completely and don't even pull things out until your opening time. I hate the early bird folks and refused to sell to them. Even if they came back at the end. I'm snarky and would have rather given it away.
I covered everything on the garage shelves with sheets so that it was more obvious what I was trying to sell. I didn't want to tell people 50 times that the lawnmower wasn't for sale.
I have found that a neighborhood sale brings in lots of people, but they have too many choices. If 25 homes are having sales, you may not do as well because they have limited $$$ and want to check out the next sale.
I don't go to many garage sales now, but I prefer to have things priced. I hate to haggle (although I know some enjoy that) and prefer to know what to pay. If you don't like to price stuff, have really big signs with broad catagories. Not just little ones taped to a table. All books a certain price, all clothing a certain price. Maybe it will even out at the end.
When doing one with several people, we always got those colored dot stickers and each person was assigned a color. We pulled off the sticker and put in on a piece of paper. At the end of the day we could total easily for each of us. For the few items the sticker wouldn't come off, it was easy just to jot the price on their page.
If charities pick up in your area, it has become popular here for people to pre-arrange for the charity to come by the next day or so and get the leftovers. Just bag it up for them. Try not to bring anything back into the house if you can help it.
If you do an ad, mention some specifics. The tools bring out the guys here. When I purchased clothing for my oldest, any place which advertised slim jeans would get me there quickly. Baby stuff and toys are always good and fabric really sells here.
OK, what other tips from you die hard garage sale people?