How to Organize a Garage Sale

man holding garage sale signGarage Sale Checklist:
A Guide To Hassle-Free Garage Sales

by: George Grubetic

Garage sales should be fun and hassle-free, with your goal to make some good money and off-load your unwanted items – our garage sale checklist is your hassle-free, step-by-step organizer so you know what to do before, during and after your garage or yard sale.

garage sale2-3 weeks before the sale

* Start sorting through your household for unwanted items – have the mindset that almost anything will sell if it is a bargain
* Price your items
– price items about 25-35% of what they cost new (clothes are exceptions – 5-15% here) Pick a date and time for your sale
– weekends are the best; avoid public holidays or special events Write your ad and advertise your garage sale
– give the address and hours of the sale; mention items that are of particular interest – Place your ad in local newspapers and using free garage sale advertising sites – put up flyers on local community boards; inform neighbours as they might want to have a joint sale

clothes for sale1 week before the sale

* Make sure items are cleaned and repaired
– the better condition it is in, the higher price you will get Determine where signs will go
– in and around your neighbourhood is best; one in front of your house is smart too Make your signs
– use arrows, print the address, start and end times, use big letters

1-2 days before the sale

* Set up your sale area
– use tables to lay items out, display clothing hung up; you want to create an area so people can browse and shop in comfort Get checkout area ready
– have plenty of change; spare bags; calculator; newspaper (to wrap fragile items); paper & pens

Night before the sale

* Put up signs
* Make some refreshments and have a radio ready to play some soft background music

Morning of sale

* Make sure your house is locked up and fully secure
– you don’t want to give buyers the opportunity to snoop around Open the gates/door to your sale
– greet all customers with a friendly smile and “hello!”; be prepared to bargain with buyers

Right after sale

* Take signs down – not only is this courteous to the environment, but you might incur a fine or penalty if you don’t Count your money and rejoice!

Copyright George Grubetic. An avid garage sale enthusiast, he is the webmaster of, a website offering tips, hints and resources on how to have successful garage sales, including free listings across Australia.

Additional Garage Sale Information:

Yard Sale Etiquette
What’s the the right way to barter at a yard sale? Is it fair for “Early Birds” to get the bargains? And what’s the right way to price items? Here’s the basics of yard sale etiquette.

Microsoft Office Templates for printable garage sale signs, garage sale flyers and postcards.

CBS News: Having a Successful Garage Sale
Information on what to sell, how to organize a garage sale, and pricing garage sale items.