How to Get Started with a Garage Sale Business

By: virawan
While garage sales are fun and exciting to organize, they are essentially business ventures and therefore must be treated as such. Bottom line, you must make sure that your garage sale will generate profit or it may be the last time you can hold one.

What to Sell
Products are the life of garage sales. No matter how great the atmosphere is, how friendly the sellers are, if the products are undesirable and worthless, there is no way for your garage sale to succeed.

Collect items that you believe are going to sell. If possible, concentrate on a theme because this makes your garage sale more interesting. If most of the items you're selling are antiques, you can advertise your sale with themes like "Back to the Past" or "Going Nostalgic".

The People behind the Sales
Garage sales are more successful when they are organized by a group of people.

It's better to ask people whose company you enjoy to help you out with your garage sale like your family, relatives, friends and colleagues.

Taking Care of the Technicalities
Now that you know what you're going to sell and who's going to help you out, the next thing you should concentrate on is obtaining a permit. You will only be awarded a license to put up a garage sale if you're willing and able to comply with their requirements. Among other things, you should have ready information about when and where you're planning to set up store.

Advertising about the Event
Advertising is one of the important keys for your garage sale business to become profitable. It's important for as many people as possible to learn about your garage sale. Your advertisement options however may be limited or constrained by the terms and conditions of your license. Be resourceful and creative when designing sign boards and flyers. If you have a lot of money invested in your garage sale, don't hesitate to spend a little for paid advertisements like placing ads in newspapers and making use of press release services.

Establishing Garage Sale Policies
Set up a baggage counter to prevent customers with malicious intent from being able to stow items in their bags. Be prepared to say no to people who are wishing to rest for a little while inside your house. Set up an improvised dressing room with a full-length mirror so that people won't have to request to enter your home for fitting purposes.

Lastly, never forget to serve and sell with a smile. That's sure to give your customers another reason to come back!


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