How to Keep - and not Lose -Money in Garage Sales

By: virawan
Chaos is a word frequently associated with garage sales. It's very rare for a customer to find a garage sale efficiently organized. It's also because of this very atmosphere that sellers end up losing money rather than keeping it.

Prevention is Still the Best Cure
When you're multi-tasking and feeling like a time bomb about to explode, it's hard for you to consciously remember at all times to keep your money safe. And though there are many tips to help you keep your money safe 24/7, why not devise a way to prevent the need to do so in the first place?

Organization is and will always be the answer. Ask as many friends as you can to help you out with your garage sale. Make sure that each person has one specific task to focus on so that you'll be free to guard the cashbox vigilantly.

Learn How to Say "No, Thanks"
There are good buyers and there are bad buyers.

The bad buyers, however, disguise themselves as the good guys. They nicely offer to help you out when there are so many purchases to count. Although the offer may be sincere, it's best not to trust anyone in such circumstances.

Be on Your Guard against Demanding Customers
Sometimes, bad buyers go to the offensive right away. They noisily insist that they counted the money before handing it to you and insist that it's your fault for losing a bill or two. Don't let this happen! Always ask your customers to count the bills slowly and by placing one bill at a time on the counter. Make sure that there's a customer or non-biased witness who'll be able to see the entire procedure.

Closer is Safer
Keep your money in a belt bag or any other bag that you could easily reach and can be kept on your body at all times. Unless you're particularly dense, there's no way for any person to manage stealing your money from you.

Merchandise is Still Money
You may not lose the cash you're holding but you could still end up suffering financial loss when you realize that customers were able to snatch items from your sale. To minimize the chances of that happening, have a baggage counter established in front of your store. Ask your customers politely to hand over any closed bag they're holding for temporary safekeeping.

Beyond these tips, the best advice we can give you is a reminder to be alert at all times. Don't let the chaos get to you at all costs. Stay focused and the money will stay with you all the time.

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