Thursday, December 2, 2021

How to Have a Successful Garage Sale

Inside: A yard sale is a perfect way to clear out the clutter and make some extra cash. But you don’t want to toss some items onto a table and call it a day. Check out these garage sale tips to help you make the most money possible.

It seems that every time I look around my house and decide to declutter, I need to get rid of more and more things! Sure, you can donate those items, but you could easily turn around and make some money!! After all, “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.”

Don’t just toss everything onto a table and call it a sale. To have a successful garage sale, you need to do some prep work. I have had numerous sales and have netted more than $1,000 on a couple of occasions. Follow my yard sale tips to get the most profit you can from your sale.

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Picking the right day and time is the first step in getting ready for a garage sale that will make money. However, it all depends on where you live.

In my area, Friday nights and Saturday mornings are the best times for sales. In other regions, it may be Wednesdays. To find out when you should have your sale, watch for signs in your neighborhood and city. You can also check your local newspaper for garage sale listings.

Take the time to find out when there are local garage sales because if you plan your sale on the same day as others, you’ll get more traffic. Patrons want to hit as many sales as they can on a single day, so work with the best days instead of against them.

As far as the time and number of days to run your yard sale, it’s personal preference. But if you’re going to have it on a weekday, try to run it into the evening, so you can catch those people who must work as well.


Many times, when you can post a neighborhood or subdivision sale, you’ll have a larger draw because people know they can drive to one area and hit several sales. If you’re participating in a multi-family sale, I recommend a Seller’s List.

This is where each household participating provides their address and the types of items they have for sale. It would be available at the entrance of your neighborhood – by the signs – for people to grab to see where they may want to go shopping.


123 Main: Kids’ items, furniture, housewares, misc.

125 Main: Tools, sporting goods, linens, misc.