Do you have a lot of stuff but no room to store it? Why not get rid of it and make some money? Everyone has attended a disastrous yard sale. Don’t get that reputation in your neighborhood. Instead, follow these five tips to ensure your Charlotte garage sale is a success.
1. Organize –Be prepared and don’t wait until the last minute to get things ready to sell. Pick a day and time and inform your neighbors. This will allow them to become aware of extra traffic. Get them involved if they would like to have their own sale. Multiple sales in one area will attract larger crowds. Price every item with either price tags or labels. If possible, use folding tables to help neatly display your collection. This will make it easier for customers to browse through items like books, records and CDs. For clothing, use temporary clothes lines or racks. Arrange clothing smallest to largest and keep similar items together. Do not use a cash box. Keep all money on you at all times to ensure it is secure.
2. Advertise – Reach out to a larger consumer base by putting an ad in your local newspaper. Use keywords like antiques, collectibles and baby toys to help attract customers. Make signs simple and easy to read. Use a bold black marker with bright colored paper to help draw attention. Place signs at busy intersections and main streets, using arrows to help direct customers to your location. Tie colorful balloons to your mailbox to ensure your house stands out. Place more desirable items like rocking chairs and lawn mowers closer to the curb. Use extension cords to plug in any electronics like TVs and computers to show that they are working.
3. Price – Price items lower than local consignment store prices. Overpricing will discourage buyers. No matter what, you will end up profitable at the end of the day. Researching prices for more expensive items like antiques or collectibles will help make you a competitive seller, however always take into consideration the condition of the item. Negotiating with customers is imperative. Most buyers are willing to pay the asking price, but there are a few that will want to pay lower. It is completely up to you whether or not you want to budge on your initial price.
4. Creating a buying atmosphere – Just because this is a garage sell doesn’t mean you can only sell used items. If you are a crafter, include these unique items. This is a great way to advertise your own creativity. Buy individually-packaged chips, sodas or baked treats to help boost sales. Allow your children to run the refreshment stand. This will keep them busy and give them a sense of contributing to the sale. Play soft, cheerful music to ensure customers feel relaxed and comfortable while browsing. Just this small detail has proven to increase sales significantly. The most important tip to remember is to be personable. Smile and greet each customer, but don’t be too pushy as customers enjoy browsing without interruption.
5. After the sale – Have a plan about what to do with the unsold items. Charlotte has numerous charities and organizations that will pick up the items at no charge to you. Children’s items can be sold at places like The Relatives, or you can store remaining items away for the next garage sale at facilities like Morningstar Mini-Storage.
These local businesses and organizations can help you put your garage sale to bed:
Charlotte Rescue Mission
907 W 1st Street
Charlotte, NC 28233
Hours: Call to schedule a pick up
Charlotte Rescue Mission is eager to accept all donations from kitchen equipment to bedding supplies. Schedule a pick up and send those remaining items off to support a good cause.
1001 N Tryon St
Charlotte, NC 28206
Hours: Mon to Fri – 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Sat – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sun – closed
If there are still remaining items that you just can’t bring yourself to donate, store them at Morningstar Mini-Storage and try your luck again at next year’s sale.
1100 East Blvd
Charlotte, NC 28203
Hours: Call to schedule a drop off time
The Relatives Crisis Shelter could always use donations for their inhabitants. Contribute to a deserving kid who will benefit from your old belongings.
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Ceceilia Williams is a married mother of four, who served in the U.S. army as a food service specialist Having a family of her own she is very familiar with the stress and financial up and downs that it brings and shares her expertise in saving time and money. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.