What it is: If you’re not familiar with one already, a garage sale (also known as a yard sale, rummage sale or junk sale) is an informal sale usually held in the front yard, driveway or garage of your own property on a weekend.
How it works: The key to a good garage sale is preparation. Once you’ve got a collection of goods that you want to sell (in addition to your baby clothes), decide on a day and time that best suits you to hold the sale. As a recommendation, early Saturday morning is best. Short and sweet is best, no longer than 3 hours or so, for example, 9am-12pm. The trickiest part is advertising your sale to reach the most amount of people. These are a few of your options:
- post signs around your neighbourhood
- post signs at the nearest major intersection
- post a notice in the Garage Sale section on Kijiji.ca
- post a notice in the Garage Sale section on Craigslist.ca
- post a notice in the Garage Sale section on Durhamregion.com
Pros: You don’t have to travel somewhere to set up your stuff. If you’re not using your garage to park your car during the week, you could have your stuff set up in there ahead of time to avoid setting up on the day. You get to be in charge of scheduling – you choose the day and time that best suits you.
Cons: Being limited to your garage for three hours (or more) at a time. Depending on your thoughts on privacy, you may not be comfortable with strangers visiting your property. Being reliant on weather to get a good turnout of people.
Value Potential: 2 out of 3. You get to be in control of how much time you invest in this and in comparison with waiting for your stuff to be sold online, it’s a nice option if you want to try and get rid of your stuff all in one shot. The money you can potentially get for the clothes is medium-high if you find the right buyer, but it can be hard to find this person unless you advertise your sale well.
Cost: The costs to hold a garage sale are minimal. At most you will have to pay for the materials to make your own signs (approx $2 for cardboard) or to buy ready made garage sale signs (approx $7 per sign)
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