Garage Sales – A to Z Blog Challenge – Letter G

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Garage Sales – A to Z Blog Challenge – Letter G #AtoZChallenge 2019 Tenth Anniversary blogging from A to Z challenge letter G

http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/2019/04/

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Mystery Box Chickens say, “Let’s go sale-ing!”

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Do you like going to garage and yard sales? I have so much fun on the weekends doing just that. You can find almost anything at one of these sales. If you are looking for something specific, chances are, someone will have it. Of course, while you are there, many more items will catch your eye. There is always a surprise waiting to be found.

On just about any Friday and Saturday, there will be ads in the newspapers, on bulletin boards, telephone poles, and Craig’s List. Get out your pen and paper, because you’ll need to write down the addresses or circle the ad of the ones you want to go to. It’s best to do this early. Try to group locations that are close together, as you write them down. This saves time, as you won’t have to backtrack into neighborhoods.

There is no need to get dressed up for this activity. Wear something comfortable. Bring a snack and something to drink with you, too. Don’t forget to bring cash…small bills and change are best. Now you are ready to go find some treasures.

If you are wanting to host a garage or yard sale yourself, that can be fun, and you can earn some money. It is a lot of work, but worth it at the end of the day. If possible, start gathering up items you want to sell, a few months before the date. This gives you time to spruce up those items that may need washing, check for any problems with electrical appliances, to make sure they work, and to put price tags on things. Honestly, if there is no label stating the price you are asking, you will lose sales. Lots of people won’t bother to ask you, they will just pass it up. That is a sale lost.

Try to group like items together, and please make use of tables for displaying. Have a money box with some cash already inside, for making change. Advertise your sale, and on the day of the sale, put up posters and signs with the address printed large on them, close to your neighborhood. (don’t forget to take them down when the sale is over).

A few tips….please do not advertise that your sale is huge, multi-family, or a block sale, unless it really is. A small table of items and a few clothes hung from a tree, is not huge. People will drive right by this kind of sale. Another tip would be to take things out of boxes. Not everyone wants to dig through them. Also, a table piled high with clothes, is a turn-off. People want to come and go quickly…no one has time to sort through a jumbled up mess.

Try to make your sale look inviting to those who drive by. A few balloons taped to a mailbox, some colorful streamers, music playing, all serve to attract attention to the prospective customer. At the end of the day, you will be tired, but it will have been worth your hard work, when you count all the money you’ve made.

Have fun going to garage and yard sales. The treasures are out there…go find them!

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Here’s a funny song about garage sales, and the Wiki article about the Shook Twins… https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shook_Twins

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I’m thinking for my letter Y post, I’ll write about Yard Sales, and several funny incidents I’ve had over the years. Stay tuned! 🙂

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2019 BS

12 responses »

  1. I used to love going to garage sales when I was a kid. But now, I am too busy trying to get rid of stuff we don’t need anymore and keeping Kevin from adding to that pile!

    • I know what you mean! I need to get rid of so much stuff, instead of going to get more. It’s hard to say no though, when my daughter calls and says let’s go to some sales! haha 🙂

  2. Oh goodness, this video is comical!! ☺ Garage sales can be a very productive way to spend time. It’s amazing how much extra cash one can make just by selling unwanted items from your home. And it’s also amazing what some people are selling for dirt cheap but didn’t know what they had!

    Love your tips. You definitely know what you’re talking about 🙂

    • Isn’t that a fun video! I’m always surprised at what all people are selling. Things you wouldn’t even think would sell, will sell out first…like bras! haha 🙂 We’ve been going to the sales for many years, and we’ve had our own quite a few times, too. It’s more fun to go to them! 🙂

      • I find that amazing too! There have been a few sales we’ve had over the years and just as you’ve mentioned – the items I thought would be tossed out from not selling were the first ones to go. People are curious creatures sometimes 🙂

    • That’s so true, Jim! Take this nice office chair I sit on every day…they were just going to throw it away because of a small flaw in the arm rest…I bought it for one dollar! 🙂

  3. I always notice that only one letter separates “garage” from “garbage.”

    A friend of mine was having a garage sale and she said she got phone calls from people who wanted to come early (like a day or two before) and check out the merchandise, probably in a quest to haggle over prices, then buy the items with an eye toward selling the stuff at their own garage sale later on. That ever happen to you?

    • Oh, I’d never noticed the one letter difference before! haha 🙂
      I’ve never had anyone call about coming early, as we don’t give our phone number out, but there are always the early birds, coming an hour or two before we even open the doors or put anything out. Grrrr …we tell them to come back later, but they probably won’t I mean, we state on our ad or sign what time it starts…maybe they can’t read. Probably they just want to get to the good stuff before everyone else. 🙂

    • Thanks, Janet! My husband doesn’t go to the sales…well, maybe he has once or twice. I usually find him something though, like a shirt or a book.
      My daughters and I discuss garage/yard sales all the time, and what makes for good ones vs bad ones. We’ve been going for years. 🙂

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