Aaron Lapedis’ Tips for Hosting a Successful Garage Sale and Shopping at One
Team 1: Tom and Kathy
After working for years in lifestyle television Kathy has learned a lot about décor. Tom and Kathy have been married for 33 years and have shopped their fair share of yard sales. A self-proclaimed D.I.Y. queen Kathy is getting ready to go all out on this challenge.
Theme: Miami Vice
Team 2: Chris and Danielle
Danielle has been the Set Decorator on the Marilyn Denis Show for a year but has been in the industry for more than 10. The couple, who have been together for 16 years, are garage sale experts; it’s what they do. Chris will keep Danielle on budget while she works her decorating magic.
Theme: British Invasion
Hosting a Garage Sale
Successfully Shopping at a Garage Sale
Advertise: Put up lots of huge signs promoting your garage sale. Make the information clear and mark a path from the signs to the sale. Also, use social media tools like Facebook, Twitter and Craiglist to reach people who don’t live in your neighborhood.
Rotate your items: Keep your big ticket or unique items close to the front; rotate and add items as they sell. People decide whether to stay at or skip your garage sale within the first 10 seconds you need to grab their attention.
Lemonade stand: Selling drinks or food, like baked goods, keeps people around longer. It is also an easy way to add to your garage sale profits. Make things that don’t need to be attended to and don’t require utensils, think ‘grab-and-go’.
Open on time: Be prepared to have visitors arrive at the exact time you posted on your signs. Many people start visiting garage sales early so they can scoop up the best deals, don’t miss out on sales by sleeping in.
Look for collectibles: these have a hard value and can be appraised based on condition. They are coveted by collectors and have an active market.
Items should be in good, working condition, restoring items is risky as costs can increase significantly. (Insider Tip: Brand new luggage sells well online).
Do your research: Check websites like Craigslist and eBay to see what’s hot online and what items sell for. Bookmark the sites on your smart phone to quickly and easily look-up garage sale finds online.
eBay is the best way to flip items because there is the potential for higher bidders and more views.