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Old 10-20-2010, 10:21 PM  
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Garage Sale tips

I'm doing a garage sale this weekend to get some xtra money for my "junk". When you go to sale's what do you look for?

What stands out, draws your attention, or makes you confirm the choice on that $30 item?
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Old 10-20-2010, 10:22 PM   #2
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First thing first, I never pay ticket price! So over price your crap and let me negotiate you down so I feel like I got you.

Other than that, I only go to garage sales because I'm bored and enjoy seeing what crap other people have.
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Old 10-20-2010, 10:28 PM   #3
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First thing first, I never pay ticket price! So over price your crap and let me negotiate you down so I feel like I got you.

Other than that, I only go to garage sales because I'm bored and enjoy seeing what crap other people have.
Ok. So does a good sign draw you in? Say you are 3 blocks away, and notice a garage sale sign and it's bold, written well, and looks clean. Would you prefer, or be more inclined to go to that sale over one that is written on CPU paper, and they used crayon?
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Old 10-20-2010, 10:29 PM   #4
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Always price the good shit high so if they do bargain with you still make money.
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Old 10-20-2010, 10:38 PM   #5
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Ok. So does a good sign draw you in? Say you are 3 blocks away, and notice a garage sale sign and it's bold, written well, and looks clean. Would you prefer, or be more inclined to go to that sale over one that is written on CPU paper, and they used crayon?
I tend to plot my course in advance based on a good classifieds ad. SOMETIMES on a whim I'll stop at a garage sale based on signage, but typically just a standard garage sale sign is as good as any other.

Be sure to talk up everything but clothes, unless you have baby clothes... I swear no one goes to garage sale for clothes.
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Old 10-20-2010, 10:40 PM   #6
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Also. Don't hold shit unless they pay upfront. Nothing worse than holding on to crap all day you could have sold for someone that never shows back up. If you're selling electronics, having an extension cord out there to prove that stuff works is a good idea. Especially if you don't want these strangers going into your house to "test" stuff when they are actually casing the joint.
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Old 10-20-2010, 10:44 PM   #7
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At the end of the day or when you get tired, price the rest off stuff for a lot price. Meaning get rid of the leftovers, no matter what.
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Old 10-20-2010, 10:56 PM   #8
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Alright. Good stuff so far guys. I'm needin some extra money before I move, so I'm hoping to get as many people as possible to at least stop by.

I read somewhere that it's a good idea to have the high priced/nicer stuff sitting towards the end of your driveway, so that those items are the first things seen.
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Old 10-20-2010, 11:02 PM   #9
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I know we have a couple people on here from Colorado Springs. If they want to stop by a sale in Fountain this Saturday, let me know. I've got a lot of WWE stuff from when I was a big fan. Sports stuff. Nothing Chiefs. So forget that. I'm keepin my Chiefs stuff.
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Old 10-20-2010, 11:04 PM   #10
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Sell canned soft drinks and grilled food. You can make good money if there's enough traffic.
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Old 10-20-2010, 11:22 PM   #11
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Sell canned soft drinks and grilled food. You can make good money if there's enough traffic.
Like 50 cents, or 75 cents a Coke/Pepsi?
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Old 10-20-2010, 11:41 PM   #12
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Like 50 cents, or 75 cents a Coke/Pepsi?

Sure. You're the only game in town and thirsty folks aren't going to quibble. It helps if you have a kid doling out the drinks. Most folks aren't going to get surly with a little one. I've seen this done during big neighborhood garage sales and the food sales far outpaced the yard sale items.
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Old 10-21-2010, 07:46 AM   #13
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Don't just put price tags on items...write down somewhere how much they cost. I've had people pull off price tags and pretend they were missing. And I've seen people switch prices on items. You'd be surprised how dumb people can be over $1.50
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Old 10-21-2010, 07:46 AM   #14
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Your shit is worthless. Don't ****ing price it like it is "gently used". Garage sales are for getting rid of shit, not to make a ton of money. If you think your items are worth something sell them on Craigslist or eBay.

Also, huge mexican families are your friend. They will buy tons of stuff, but they will want to make "package deals". Just roll w/ it.
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Old 10-21-2010, 07:48 AM   #15
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Have some actual good stuff out in they yard. Put up signs saying what kind of good stuff you have.

Don't just put out racks of 1960's clothes that smell like mothballs. Nothing screams "Crappy Garage Sale Here!" quite like the racks of smelly clothes or an old exercise bike and ab machine.
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