Here are some great tips on how to make your garage sale more successful.
Make it big
If you don’t have much to sell, team up with your neighbours to create a bigger, more attractive sale.
The Ottawa Central Park Community Association will be posting adds on social media and on the streets, but nothing is stopping you from doing your own advertising.
Price everything and price fairly. People don’t go to yard sales expecting to pay the prices you’d find on Kijiji and Craigslist. Be prepared to negotiate. You can always group items by price, to make your pricing job easier.
Many people slowly drive by a sale to determine whether it’s stop worthy or not. Put big items like furniture pieces closer to the curb. This will attract attention, and you don’t have to worry much about people stealing these items. Organize similar stuff together.
Don’t leave pricing and merchandising until the morning of your sale. Have everything ready half hour before your start time. Be sure to have a dedicated checkout table with cashbox and have someone watch it at all times. Demonstrate that items work. Buy some batteries and plug in extension cords so people can feel confident that the item they’re buying works.
Biggie size your sales
Have some lemonade or bottled drinks, baked goods and snacks by the checkout table to increase your sales.
Make a day of it. Invite some friends and family over to help.