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Home > Garage Sales General > How Louise made $1400 - Interview with a garage sale guru

How Louise made $1400 - Interview with a garage sale guru
By John Romaine
Monday, 19 May 2008
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I would like to take this opportunity to express a special thanks to Louise for taking the time to respond to one of our online garage sale surveys. Louise is one of our most active members having held numerous garage sales with us and her efforts in this article are just fantastic! Hopefully Louise's answers to our questions within this survey will assist those into understanding and getting a better insight into what works and what doesn't when it comes to holding a profitable garage sale.


John : What items did you find sold really well? 
Louise : Books, Tools, Rugs, Mowers and cold drinks as the temperature was 42 degrees the day we had our sale.

John : Do you think its worthwhile holding a garage sale across both saturday and sunday over the weekend or just the one day? 
Louise :
No, one day is enough as the majority of buyers will come early on the first day and usually by lunchtime the numbers will dwindle to a trickle.

John : What times did you find people began arriving? Much earlier than your start time? 
Louise :
Yes, our start time was 9.00 a.m., we had people arrive at 6.30 a.m.

John : If you could hold your garage sale over again, what would you do differently? 
Louise : I would allow more time to get things organised and set up due to buyers arriving much earlier than our start time. 

John : Approximately how much did you make by having a garage sale? 
Louise :
We did really well, we made $1400.00

John : Did you find you were constantly haggled down on price? 
Louise : 
Occasionally, but we were selling everything so cheap, almost giving it away as it was a deceased estate so it all had to go.

John : How did you go about correctly pricing your items? 
Louise : 
We did not price our items. We had an idea of what we wanted to sell things for, we even did a bit of spruiking as new buyers arrived. Mostly we would say make us an offer

John : What advice would you give to those about to have a garage sale?
Louise :
Advertise and have good signage. Don't expect to sell your items at a high price. Buyers are looking for a bargain and will always beat you down. The question is, do you want to sell your items or still have them at the end of the day. Arrange your items in an orderly fashion where they can be clearly seen by both the buyer and yourself (there are some dishonest people out there who will try to steal from you). Appoint one person to look after the money as things can get quite hectic early on. Always be friendly and polite and remember a garage sale should be fun and enjoyable, not just hard work.

Thanks again to Louise for fantastic feedback. We hope many garage salers out there find this article useful! Remember post a comment below if you have a question or something to say!
Don't forget, if you are planning to have your very own garage sale and need advice on how best to plan and organise your day, be sure to check out the garage sale checklist.

Have a great weekend!

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