Tips for Preparing Your Garage Sale Items

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Planning a Garage SaleIt’s finally starting to warm up here in WI, Yeah! We were in the 60’s all last week and that’s exactly what I needed to get me thinking about my own garage sale. I always have a group sale with my sister, mom and grandma and it is a huge to-do. One year we had to rent a tent because we had so much stuff to get rid of!

We have decided to have our sale on the weekend of  our town’s annual celebration days. So there will be lots of people around and we should make some decent money!

Today, let’s talk about preparing your garage sale items. Even if you have already had your sale, I’m sure you will find some valuable tips that you can use for next year.

Preparing Your Garage Sale Items

Work Area – If you can set aside an area where you can work on your items, it will be a huge help. I have a “garage sale corner” in my basement that is set aside for garage sale stuff only. I store all of the household items, destined for the garage sale, which I have collected throughout the year here. I have a table set up and all of my pricing supplies here also. If you have the room to do this, great. If not, don’t worry, you can set up shop at the kitchen table. You’ll just have to clean up after yourself:)

Tips for Clothing

  • Make sure your clothing is clean:) You would think that would be a given, but I still see dirty clothing at sales, and not just stained, but actually dirty.
  • If you have items that are badly stained, just toss them in the trash.
  • Hang up dressy clothes, dresses, outfits, coats, snowsuits and costumes. It will save you a lot of time when you are setting up if you can hang them up in advance.
  • Safety pins are fabulous for keeping 2/3 pc sets together, such as bikinis, pajamas and outfits. Ziploc bags work great for socks (in nice condition), tights or hair accessories.
  • I have sold lots of clothing on eBay and I think… the more information you can provide, the better your items will sell! Even at the garage sale! If the item is new or was never worn, write that on the sticker.

Clean and Presentable

  • You will have much more success in selling your items if they look nice and well taken care of.
  • Make sure everything works and if there is something broken, state it clearly.
  • Selling similar items in a bundle is very attractive ie. 3 cookie sheets, 5 kitchen utensils, dishes, books, hair stuff.
  • When in doubt, just ask yourself “Would I buy this at a garage sale?”

Good luck preparing your garage sale items; it is a lot of work, but if you spend the time here, you will see higher profits!

Have a fabulous day!

What are some things that you do to prepare your garage sale items? Leave a comment below!

Tashia Calhoun

Author of Secrets of Successful Garage Sales & Planner

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  • Kim says:

    This is a great sight for garage sale ideas. I love it

  • Michelle says:

    I agree with your #1 clothing tip for selling clothing at rummage sales…All it takes is for one person from your group showing up with dirty merchandise. It spoils the whole shopping and selling experience for everyone. I hate digging through a stack of dirty clothes…stained clothes don’t scare me (I’ll even buy some if I know that I can get the stains out and the price is right)!

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