When you are decluttering your home or you want to start, you always come across certain items you don't want to toss.
Maybe they are as good as new or collectibles. Perhaps you have an item for a long time and you had enough of it. It's time to organize a garage sale.
I myself have never organized a garage sale before.
It's not very common to do that here in Norway. But we do have flea markets sometimes. And then you have to do a little bit of organizing as well, right?
To prepare for your garage sale, you, first of all, need some goodies to sell.
You can go through your things at certain moments in the weeks before the sale. Or you can collect items throughout the year for example and organize a garage sale when you have enough. That's up to you. Either way, there are a few steps to go through:
- When you come across a potential item to sell ask yourself:
* have I used this lately/in the last 3 or 6 months?
* is it seasonal?
* am I really going to use it again?
* or am I holding on to this for sentimental reasons?
- You need to price your goodies. Price each and every one individually. It's easier for the buyer and for you. You could otherwise have people not bother to ask for the price at all and walk away. Or you will constantly be answering their questions about what something costs.
- Choose a place in your house where you can collect your goodies. That could be a spare room, the garage itself or, where we collected before, under the stairs in the hallway. Don't go through that again. If the item is priced and in THAT place, consider it sold!
To help you price your goodies, I made some fun downloadable price tags you can print on sticker paper or on sturdy paper and punch a hole in them to hang on your goodies!
If you are a CC member you can unlock the Freebies Library and download it from there. Easy peasy!
After you have had a great garage sale, there will always be some items left, right?
If garage selling is a strategy in your decluttering your home, you don't want to bring those left again items back into your home. Bring those to the charity shop right away. Or put those in the back of your car to deliver the first possible chance you have. Now doesn't this feel good? You made some money AND your house is a little bit more organized. Yay!!
Tell me: have you had a successful garage sale before? Do you have any extra tips? Let's talk in the comments!
P.S. This is a post in a series for 2017 to help you get more organized. So every month I will give you tips and tricks to organize your home, life, money or bag. Let me know if you are looking for some tricks to organize something in specific, OK?