To get the most money for your garage sale treasures, Chris, the Yard Sale Queen,
offers these suggestions:
- Put a price on everything. The price should be on top of an
item, not on the bottom. And remember, the bigger the item, the
bigger the price tag.
- As a general rule of thumb, price items about a quarter or
third of what they would cost new.
- When selling books and CDs, arrange in a box so the titles can
be easily read by the customers.
- Let kids set up their own table selling their old toys.
- If you have a ton of kids' clothes or small toys you are dying
to get rid of, consider a "fill a bag for a set price" kind of
- Display some of your more interesting items at the end of your
driveway to lure people in.
- If you're having a yard sale on a hot day, consider selling
sodas or having the kids run a lemonade stand.
- During your sale, keep your sales tables attractive by filling
in empty spots as things get sold.
- Guard your money! Have lots of coins and small bills available
to make change. Do not leave money laying around in a box. Wear a
fanny pack or carpenter's apron and keep the wad of bills in
- Have plastic grocery bags available to put items in.