Holding a Successful Garage Sale

Spring is in the air...and garage sale season is fast approaching.  Like most people you probably have items stored in your attic, basement, garage and closets that you never use or even forgot you had.  If you forgot you had it...chances are you don’t need it.  Garage sales give you the chance to clear space in your home and make some money at the same time.


Here are some steps to help you easily plan a garage sale:

  1. Organize.  Go through you home storage areas and start pulling together the things you hope to sell.
  2. Create an inventory or chart of the item you have to sell and include a price list.
  3. Price your items correctly.  The goal is to make money, and you need to price a little higher than the price you will accept to account for haggling.  But don’t over price...people coming to garage sales expect to find bargains.
  4. Plan a garage sale with other neighbours.  Some neighbourhoods plan a neighbourhood garage sale and ask homes in the neighbourhood to participate.  Maybe even ask a neighbour if they would like to hold a garage sale together.  Larger sales attract more people.
  5. Pick a date.  Decide on the day you want to have your garage sale.  Saturday and Sunday are the best days to hold a garage sale.  You will want to pick a date a few weeks ahead of time so you are giving yourself enough time to prepare.
  6. Prepare your items for sale.  Make sure they are clean, in good condition and in good working order.
  7. Advertise.  Promote your garage sale on kijiji, social media and put up flyers in your community. 
  8. Set up early.  Some people will like to show up early to get the best deals.  Try to be ready to go by 7-8am the latest.  You may want to start setting up a couple hours prior to the time you expect people to start showing up.

Now you have the tips to hold a successful garage sale.  But what do you do when people arrive....

  1. Always be pleasant and great your customers as they walk up.
  2. Sometimes offering people a bag to hold their things as they shop will encourage them to buy more.
  3. Keep things tidy throughout the day.
  4. Be open to negotiation.
  5. Bundle items together so people feel like they are getting a good deal.  (ie. A small group of toys bagged together).
  6. Offer refreshments.   You can do something as simple as bottled water or soda and even charge 50 cents a can.  Or get your children involved and hold a lemonade stand.


When holding a garage sale, you need to be safe.  Keep these safety measures in mind.


  1. Keep your cash on you.  Use a fanny pack or a sales apron.
  2. It’s best not to let people into your house.  If someone needs a restroom suggest a nearby business such as a Tim Horton’s or gas station.
  3. Always have an adult present if your children are helping you!


Garage sales can be a lot of fun, especially if you get the family involved.  You clean your house, spend time with your children, make some money and enjoy the fresh air.  Remember one person’s junk is another person’s treasure.  Good Luck!

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