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5 Tips for a Successful Garage Sale

Posted by Overhead Door of Sioux City and Yankton | May 24, 2016 11:29:55 AM
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The weather is warming up, and that can only mean one thing: GARAGE SALES. We at Overhead Door of Sioux City and Yankton are huge fans of garage sales for three reasons:

  1. They allow people closer proximity to our amazing garage doors. 
  2. They allow homeowners to free up space in their garages, allowing them to park behind, instead of in front of, some amazing garage doors.
  3. We're a fan of anything with the words "Garage" and "Sale"

Of course, garage sales do more than just make us look good. They are a great way to meet people, make a little money, and take advantage of summer weather. Here are some tips to make sure your garage sale is a successful one!

Unite and conquer.

What's better than a garage sale? Several garage sales! Enlist the help of your entire neighborhood and create a community sale that not only increases your traffic, but also feels like a festival in and of itself. Have the kids sell lemonade and donut holes while the adults handle the sale items (it also keeps them distracted from wanting to buy their friend's unwanted toys). An added benefit to this community project? You can place one call to a donation organization to help pick up all the leftovers in one fell swoop. 


Whether you use an electrical pole or a site like Craigslist, you need to advertise your garage sale in advance to drive people to your garage. Online sites are great for listing both unique (antique typewriter) and plentiful items (children's clothing) as well as preview pictures. If you don't feel comfortable listing your address online, indicate the nearest intersection, and make sure your exterior "off-line" signage takes over from there. 

Speaking of exterior signs, the best ones are simple, easy to read, and uniform in color. Don't waste time listing what you have. A  quick "YARD SALE: THIS WAY!" with an arrow should be all you need to help folks get aimed in the right direction.

To price or not to price?

The hottest trend in garage sales is priceless. Literally. By not putting individual prices on items, you avoid the largest hassle of garage sales (those wretched stickers) and you reduce the stress of trying to figure out what something is worth. Studies have shown that you can actually make more money with this approach as what may be junk to you is often more valuable to someone else. That being said, this system works best for those folks who just want to get rid of things; if you only have a few high-dollar items and have a firm stance on not bringing anything back into the house, this system is for you. 

These are just a few tips to get the garage sale wheels turning. We're sure our loyal band of readers will have more--please tell them to us! We could feature your tip, with your first name, in our next blog.

If you have any questions or need a service/repair, contact Overhead Door of Sioux City and Yankton below!  

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