How to Hold the Perfect Garage Sale

When you need to either store or get rid of a lot of “stuff” to make your house look its best while on the market, holding a garage sale may be the ideal solution. Not only will your current house stage easier, but you will lighten the load of what needs to be moved to the new home – and make money in the process.

Homes for sale in Martinsburg, WV

Planning the Garage Sale

When you settle on a date for the sale, dig out the local TV listings to ensure that there isn’t a major sporting event that will be televised on that day. Also make sure there isn’t a local event, such as a popular festival or parade. Although there are a lot of die-hard garage sale fans, even they will skip a sale if there’s something else competing for their attention. If you have a major corporation in your area, find out when the employees get paid and hold your sale the weekend after payday.

  • Have everything ready the night before the sale so that you’re not running around in the morning.
  • Make a list of each item you’re selling and the price you’ll be asking. During the sale, cross out each item sold and make note of the price received.
  • Price items clearly.
  • Ensure that you’ll have sufficient help the day of the sale and that everyone is in agreement over pricing and bargaining policies.

The Day Before the Sale

Now that you’re prepared for the sale, it’s time to make sure folks know about it. There are several ways to get the word out about your garage or yard sale. One of the best is by placing an ad on Craigslist.

  • Make signs to be placed around the neighborhood and to direct customers from a main thoroughfare. They should be large enough to be seen from the road and directions should be clear. Arrow-shaped signs are ideal.
  • Go to the bank and get some cash, such as rolls of quarters, 20 to 30 $1 bills, and five to 10 $5 bills.

Sale Day

  • Move sale items out onto the driveway if that’s where you’ve decided to set up the sales floor. Remember to put the most desirable items out front to entice customers to stop their cars.
  • Set up the neighborhood and directional signs.
  • Ensure that all items are clearly marked with the price.


Contact your homeowners association first to determine what rules they have about yard sales and if there are any restrictions. Check local regulations to make sure your street signs aren’t in violation of any city or municipal codes.

Homes for sale in Martinsburg, WV

For more tips on how to hold the perfect garage sale, feel free to check out the rest of the article from my website here.

Have a great weekend, everyone!


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