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Garage Sales how to enjoy having one
C'mon you know you want to!
Many of us have tried it and lost interest and vowed never to do it again! While others are in betweeners doing it every once in a while. And then you have your TA-DA...Uber Garage Salers!!! (is there such a word? ) "Ahem" anyway I happen to have become an Uber GS (garage saler) and living in Upstate NY in the suburbs this is what we do on hot sweltering weekends! We get together a whole bunch of stuff that we have literally stumbled upon either cleaning our attics or basements, put little stickers on them place them on tables in our driveways, put out a sign that announces "GARAGE SALE" and we are open for business!
When the BUG hits ya!
There you are...your sitting on your front porch or you happen to be looking out your window and you see not one but a few of your neighbors have set up stuff to sell in front of their houses or their driveways, you watch the cars drive down the street slowing down to see the treasures exhibited and some actually park and take a closer look see and before you know it there's a sale taking place right before your eyes...and then...IT HITS YA!
Heck!!! you can do that too! certainly you have "Stuff" and good "Stuff" in fact "Stuff" better than your neighbor has! And if he is selling then why cant you?!!! And there you have it...you've been bitten! Soon your in the basement or attic getting boxes ready of "stuff" you want to sell, Grandma's old teal colored General Electric clock radio, surely that's considered retro now a days! How 'bout that toaster you retired last month for a new and improved 4 slot toaster!? And the Nice and shiny sparkly red Bowling ball still in its carrying case...bet that's an eye catcher! little by little you collect your inventory, dust it all off and "POOF" your in front of your driveway sitting next to a row of neatly aligned tables displaying your "STUFF" sitting in your comfy lawn chair holding a frosty glass of ice tea and reading that book you've been wanting to read for the longest and waiting for your customers to come and check out your treasures!
You can make a couple of bucks too!
This little venture can be profitable! especially in today's economy where people are bargain hunting like there's no tomorrow! Anything from knick knacks to kitchen gadgets to electronics and almost anything else is popular and big sellers!
Where else can you clean up your attic and basement and make some mula doing it?! It's a win win situation.
About the only thing that stinks!
Everything has a downside no matter how enjoyable it is right? well this is no exception! Your either going to like this or hate it but even if you like running a garage sale there's going to be a part your really going to hate...I know I do! And it's this...whatever you don't sell your going to have to put away! that means lugging everything you didn't sell right back to your garage or your basement or wherever you want to store it! However if you price things right and work with your customers you'll have a better chance at selling most of what you have especially if you have a countdown sale which is just count down till you close up shop! So if some things aren't selling and you don't want to lug it back ...lower your price considerably! Also you can make 25 cent boxes or 50 cent boxes and fill the boxes up with items you can let go for mere pennies! And worse comes to worse you can put a free box at the end of your sale but whatever you do expect to have to carry back in some items!
Stuff you'll need for this shindig!
Just a few things I think you'll need so you'll be well prepared and happy. You'll need stickers, price stickers that is and you can get them at your discount stores or Walmart or even hardware stores, they are cheap enough but extremely essential! You'd rather mark everything than to have to answer a thousand "How much is this" questions. You'll need a garage sale sign that either you can buy at any hardware shop or stationary store or if your handy and artistic you can make one your own...you need this trust me set it up at the corner on your block and you'll see them start driving in! You'll need a permanent black marker to write on your sign, make arrows...smiley faces...whatever and to write on boxes. if you want to you can get a ream of copy paper to make your own signs to put on lets say pieces of furniture you might want to sell. You'll definitely need change to make change!!!! And don't forget the sunscreen! Well I think Ive covered the all the basics, the rest is up to you salt & pepper it any which way you want, make it unique, make it your own!