Thursday, September 30, 2010

Garage Sale Info

Garage Sale AmericaOk, after spending the day at our school's rummage sale I came up with some helpful tips I thought of:

1.  Get a large dollar pen.  I haven't a clue where you get them, but there were SO many people paying for stuff with 100's and 50's.  I was amazed.  Of course, we also probably attracted a number of illegals who get paid that way.  Either way, every time I took one I got nervous.  I actually had someone pay for 2$ worth of merchandise with a 100$ bill.  Nervous.  Yes.  I did find the watermark, but that wasn't really enough for me. :)

2.  Stay firm.  Mark your large items with firm prices, and stay that way til' 10 am'ish.  I think this is how we made good money in the beginning.  Clothes were a dollar, as were hardback books and we had plenty of people paying that price for good stuff.  I figure it's well worth it, a lot cheaper then you'd get it for at Goodwill.  We had so many people trying to break us down -- but we were clear that if they wanted the item, they could come back and pay less 10 am -- this is a good way to shut people up.

3.  Sell it by the bag near the end.  As noon nears, you realize you just want to get RID of stuff.  LOTS of it!  So, it started out being 5$ per paper bag, then 3, then 2.  It did the trick.

Our school made almost 4k with our garage sale on Saturday.  We had the whole area contribute items and it did really well.  It was a fair amount of work, but for 4 k it was worth it.  Now Conner won't have to walk to science camp. :)


  1. I'm relieved Conner won't be walking to Science Camp! :) Awesome tips and it sounds like it was incredibly successful. What a great Mom you are to volunteer your time!

  2. Woot woot! Nicely done. Glad all that hard work literally paid off. :)

  3. You are so funny! I love reading your blogs when I get a minute. You're inside my head. I had fun working with you at the sale. Next year, are you leading it? I'll support you. ;-) xo

  4. Our school rummage sale this weekend went 1/2 price at 11, and a bag for only a buck at noon. We are cheap! But it did definitely move stuff so we didn't have to pack it up at the end!


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