5 Tips For A Successful Garage Sale In Seattle

July 4, 2012 3:00 AM

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Spring cleaning oftentimes brings us to the realization that we have too much excess stuff lying around. What we may not realize is that all of our forgotten and unused items could make us a little extra cash this spring. Having a garage sale can be both fun and monetarily rewarding. Seattle offers many places to help make the job a lot easier. Here are a few tips and locations to get you started.

1. Organize. Being organized helps you to take a proper inventory of what you have to sell. Organizing items into groups such as toys, clothes, kitchen items and clothing will make it easier for the customers to find what they’re looking for, in addition to making your sale displays more eye-catching to help attract foot traffic. Try using bins for compact items like toys, racks for hanging clothes and tables to display gadgets and breakables.

2. Price correctly. Taking guesses on how much your items are worth can lead to unsold items and customers turned off by high-priced merchandise. Taking a trip to the local thrift store can help you decide on a reasonable price point for your things.

3. Create colorful flyers. Colorful flyers will help catch the eyes of passer-bys in your neighborhood, but some drivers will undoubtedly miss the information. Consider going to a local hang out, coffeehouse or community center to post signs on the bulletin board. Make tabs at the bottom with the location, dates and times of the sale, so that interested bargain hunters can rip the information off of the flyer to take with them.

4. Connect with neighbors. A community garage sale has the potential to bring double the amount of customers as a single-family would. The avid weekend garage-saler is going to let their friends know about a big garage sale. Even if you can’t come together as a community, talking with your neighbors may also enhance your chances for sales from your neighbors themselves. What better customers could you ask for than the ones right next door?

5. Donate what you can’t sell. If your garage sale doesn’t go quite as planned and you still have excess items, there are some great charity organizations throughout Seattle in which you can donate your things. Many organizations offer to pick up bulky items and Seattle residents can get tax reductions on donations.

The following local businesses or organizations may be able to help you get started.

Aurora Rents
8800 Aurora Ave. North
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 729-RENT
www.aurorarents.com

Northwest Center
7272 W Marginal Way S
Seattle, WA 98108
(206) 285-9140
www.nwcenter.org

Seattle Trading Post
1510 12th Ave.
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 381-8446

Tammy Robinson is a chef, writer and mother who resides in Puyallup, WA and has lived in the great Pacific Northwest her whole life. She has worked as everything from a grocery bagger, barista, or florist to a tournant for a catering company and a dinner cook. She now works from home as a writer, which allows her to raise her young children without missing a single step they make. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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