Here in the Land of Opportunity, we're now in the thick of Garage Sale Season. Figuring out what to part with is easy. You're tired of it. It hasn't fit in two years, and never will. The color is wrong; the style is wrong; it's just not you.
But hang a sign on it, and somebody's sure to think it's perfect for them.
With the right spin, trash miraculously transforms into prime merchandise. Flame your entrepreneurial spirit with these tips for your upcoming garage sale.
Presentation really is everything. Appear disorganized and dirty, and buyers will drive right by.
Instead, mow the grass; sweep the sidewalk. Advertise in the local paper and post bright signs at nearby major intersections, leading buyers to your door with arrows. Tie balloons to your banister. Move large, eye-catching items like furniture out on the driveway. Open all garage doors; turn on all lights. Make everything easy to see.
Smile at visitors, but don't hover. Stand at their shoulder, and you'll lose sales. Instead, sit at a table on the driveway, with pop and cookies.
Divide your garage and driveway into clearly defined zones, like baby clothes, household items, children's toys, bedding and linens, etc.
Playing garage sale limbo: How low will they go? That's the question on shoppers' minds as they spring from cars. Don't keep them in suspense; post prices prominently. Color-coded dots work well; stick one on every item and let shoppers check a chart for prices: yellow-25, blue-50, red-75, etc.
Garage-saling is a combination of fun and sport. Tailor your sale to please your customers, and stuff will fly off your shelves.
Cheryl edits "Homebodies", a weekly ezine for stay-at-home parents. You can e-mail her at Cheryl@homebodies.org, or visit her website at www.homebodies.org. Her book, "So You Want to Be a Stay-at-Home Mom," is available at your favorite bookstore. Copyright 1999 Cheryl Gochnauer.)
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