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Garage Sale Tip #2

May 6th, 2010 at 05:59 am

Single Guy commented on my last garage sale tip, regarding sale signs, that one must always take down your signs immediately after the sale! Please remember to do this for the safety of your neighborhood, your home and the beauty of your community.

Garage Sale Tip #2: Price to sell

My neighbors and I each price our own items for the most part. I'm a little more organized and have my pricing done before we begin set up. This year we each have a different colored dot. In past years, when we had white dots, we used a different colored marker to write the price on with!

We price everything to the nearest quarter. We really try not to price items for nickels or dimes. If something isn't worth a quarter, combine it with another item to make it worth a quarter. Otherwise, you should add it to your 'free' box. People love a free box. Last year, one man took the entire free box!

Pricing to sell, also means that you should be willing to accept a lower offer. With this in mind, just price each item and know that someone who is interested in the item will pay your stated price or will ask to buy it for less. Always say yes to a reasonable offer, or at the very least counter their offer.

You will get rid of more stuff if you say 'yes' to a lower offer. One of my neighbors doesn't say yes often to offers. Guess who still has some of those items in her house? Yep, she still items someone was interested in her home because she wouldn't take $5 less! I think she's getting more motivated to move things on this year.

We pull all stickers from our items as we sell them. Each person has a page in a notebook, marked with our name and divided with a paperclip. We stick our corresponding sales stickers to these pages. This makes it very slick to total each person's sale items at the end of the day. Personally, it is one of my favorite parts, counting the money! I'm sure that doesn't surprise you.

What are your pricing tips?

3 Responses to “Garage Sale Tip #2”

  1. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    I bought mittens for my 5 year old from a garage saler who has a unigue pricing tip: Seal the price sticker over the hole in the mitten so that the customer will think they are buying a good pair. Frown

    Now seriously, if you have time, I think it is a good idea to attend a couple other sales to see how people are pricing items in your area. And I think you need to price things lower than the local thrift stores where merchandise can sit for weeks before the right buyer comes along. You probably have only 1 or 2 days to sell it.

  2. rob62521 Says:

    I agree with your pricing strategy...be willing to take less. My mom had to be one of the queens of garage sales and she always said that you should be willing to negotiate and take a little less because those small sales add up.

  3. mrs Says:


    The last hour of our yard sale we sent the kids around with masking tape and markers. The signs on the remaining items read "Make me an offer." All items left!

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