Payment by credit card is no longer the only method of payment - some sellers
have multiple payment methods. Contact the individual auction site for specific
Make sure to take the time with the descriptions of your items; don't forget to
include good quality photos. The better your goods are presented, the more
likely they will sell.
By selling your goods using online auctions, you are given the opportunity to
specify that a buyer must pick up the goods themselves. This saves you extra
time and money in getting rid of goods.
Know the value of what you are selling. Do a search on the site for similar
items for sale to check the sale price of recently sold items.
By doing a little research, you can also compare your descriptive text to that
of other items that sold.
If the site offers you the option to post a "Buy it Now" price (which allows
you to set the lowest price you will take and allow a customer to skip the
auction process by meeting this price), you can speed up the selling process.
If you are selling an item and are set in the minimum you will take for it, you
can also set a reserve.
Pick a weekend day to allow for the most customers. Avoid holidays and
It's a good idea to start the garage sale early and end mid-afternoon. A
typical garage sale runs from (9am to 4pm).
Local papers are fantastic places to advertise your garage sale. Run the ad a
couple days before the event as well as the morning of. Local supermarkets
often have bulletin boards which are free and successful ways to promote. On
the morning of the garage sale, it's also a great idea to place direction signs
leading to your sale. Tape colorful signs and posters to street signs for easy
Offer refreshments such as coffee, iced tea or lemonade. It's a friendly touch
that sometimes helps draw and keep customers.
Make sure that all items for sale are properly cleaned. Nobody likes to buy a
dirty ironing board or dusty VCR.
Always make certain that the price is clearly marked. Confusion may mean the
difference between making the sale and someone walking away.
You will need at least $20 in change and small bills. Old cigar or pencil boxes
work as fantastic banks. It's a good idea to keep a tablet with all sales. This
will make it easier to balance your bank at the end of the sale.
It's a good idea to have some old newspaper on hand to wrap any fragile items
you are selling. You can find free boxes at any liquor store or pharmacy.
You should arrange to have some help throughout the afternoon in case you need
a break to use the restroom or grab a bite to eat.
Display your sales items on tables or shelves, and don't forget to place your
best items as close to the street as you can to draw attention from passersby.
Your items should be reasonably priced, and always be prepared to bargain with
Local markets are a great means for selling second hand items. Because most of
them are well-advertised, they will be attended by professional second-hand
You might want to consider hiring a trailer for the day as you'll be able to
get more merchandise there; and don't forget at the end of the day you might
want to stop off at a second hand store or a charity store to drop off some
Flea market space typically costs a nominal fee.
Second Hand Stores and Charity Stores
Second hand stores and charity stores are always grateful for donations. It's
really worthwhile making a quick phone call first to find out what they might
want to take off your hands.