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When planning a rummage sale you want to make sure you have good advertising and have it set up so you will maximize the number of purchases. This is a guide about selling at garage sales.
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February 3, 2009

Small items ranging from 10 to 25 cents, can be a hassle to have to deal with at a rummage sale, and they take up a lot of table space! Try wrapping them (after sorting them into cost categories: 10 or 25 cents) in odds and ends comic paper, magazine pages, brown paper bags or WHATEVER. Sell as "white elephant gifts", used as little trivia prizes or Bingo prizes. Sell them in 1 or 2 dozen batches for 1 price. Be thankful to get rid of them!

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If you find you are STILL blessed with them, find a veterans home or other care home or local hospital or other worthy group to give them to to do likewise with! Or sit them in a basket near the door to give away just for fun or to brighten someone's day! I have a lot of this type of item that I am more than willing to part with so I don't have to dust it or store it! It never seems to go away!

By Melody_yesterday from Otterville, MO

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December 29, 20040 found this helpful

A girlfriend of mine is forever having yard sales. One of the things she does is going thru her glassware for "stray" pieces, (ex. a lid to a glass candy jar), which she put on top of a "stray" wine glass, made the most cutest, daintiest candy dish and was one of the first pieces she sold.

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She also buys "stray" pieces of glassware, etc. at other people's yard sales or thrift stores, knowing at home she has something to pair them up with. You just never know what you might come up with. Pairing two or more unlikely pieces together may create something that you or someone else might like!

By Terri H.

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November 16, 2007

I have tons of baby clothes and I am having a yard sale. My question is what do I price the baby clothes at? I have brand new sleepers that were never worn by my baby because he was too big! Tags are not on them. What do I price overalls, outfits, onesies at?

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Tabetha from FL

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November 17, 20070 found this helpful
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I would just keep it simple and price everything $1.00. If something is new with tags then maybe $2 or more depending on the item. It will keep the sale running smooth, keep your sanity because you won't have to wonder what the price of everything is, and you won't even have to mark most of it - just put up signs. I did this once years ago and it was a great success. Good luck!

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November 17, 20070 found this helpful
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One-fifth of new.

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November 17, 20070 found this helpful
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I did it this way - for stuff that was basically new - I put it on hangers and tagged the hangers -that way I knew it was a priced item. Usually around $2-4 depending on the item (some were sets).

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For most other things I did 50 cents per item, fill a bag for $5 and put out plastic grocery sacks.

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February 8, 20080 found this helpful
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I have had luck packaging same sizes. Like 3 pants, 3 tops, socks and a couple of toys for 3-5 dollars depending upon condition. They can always remove an item from the bag and make an offer.

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January 25, 20050 found this helpful

Tips from our readers for throwing a garage sale. Post your ideas!

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August 21, 20040 found this helpful
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Make sure you are well prepared and if possible well rested before your sale starts. Sales are best if they are held on the weekend, although I have had some very successful fridays.

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August 21, 20040 found this helpful
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Make the address/date large enough to see. People can't stop at corners to read small print and get rear ended, arrows are good enough, just point me in the right direction/put arrows at every intersection and your yard. Don't use paper signs that fold in the wind and please don't block the driveway to us handicapped people. Finallly, keep your prices reasonable, after all, it is a garage sale.

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August 23, 20040 found this helpful
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Fridays are actually the best days in my area. I tend to have my annual GS on Friday and Sat morning until just after lunch.

I use neon green posterboard signs with neon pink arrows. Many people comment that my sign was eye-catching and easy to follow. Baby clothes and toys sell GREAT.

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August 23, 20040 found this helpful
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Go to your neighborhood bank before your sale and get ample change. It's best to start out with as many fives, singles and coinage as possible. Arrange to have someone who can get you more change if needed. Keep your change and all money WITH YOU AT ALL TIMES, rather than in a box on a table.

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August 23, 20040 found this helpful
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Save plastic grocery bags prior to having a sale. People tend to buy more if they don't have to have their arms & hands full of odds and ends

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August 23, 20040 found this helpful
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Never leave jewelry unattended. Keep in a locked glass case. or have someone supervising the table of "good" stuff.

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June 19, 2009

I am planning on selling silver jewelry at my yard sale. What are reasonable prices?

By igaragesale from Cabot, AR

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June 19, 20090 found this helpful
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If you can, weigh each piece and price it based on the ounce. silver is currently just over $14 an ounce - that would give you a good range

http://goldpric  and-gold-prices/

Dawn

http://frugalforlife.blogspot.com

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June 20, 20090 found this helpful
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STOP! Before you sell it in a yard sale, check your Yellow Pages to find a local business that buys and sells precious metals. Not a pawn shop, a business that buys STERLING silver (they don't buy silver plated jewelry or serving pieces). Find out what they're paying. Check several places. Take it directly to them for the estimate. They don't care about the stones, so they'll remove them and and give them back to you if they're of any value, and you can get additional $$ from a jewelry store.

Don't expect a lot for the stones, though. They're difficult for them to sell so they have to mark them up to at least triple of what they gave you in order to make anything. You'll get those back. I recently sold quite a bit of sterling and some gold and got nearly a thousand dollars for it! Don't bother with the companies on TV and the internet (Cash 4 Gold, for example). You send it to them and then you HAVE to accept what they offer, if you decide to sell it to them.

At a yard sale, you'll have to take what they offer if you really want to sell it, and you'll never know if that was a good price or if they're going to go to the silver dealer and sell it themselves. Good luck!

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June 22, 2011

I am thinking of doing a yard sale and marking just about everything at or under a dollar. Most items are office related, folders, binders, etc. and some household items and small toys. Thought if I did this the items would sell and quickly. I am also thinking if there are 100 items at one dollar = $100.00. Has anyone done this? Any thoughts?

By Robin C.

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June 22, 20110 found this helpful

Where I live the only way that stuff would sell would be marked ten cents to twenty-five cents.

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June 23, 20110 found this helpful

I think that is a great idea. If I saw an ad saying nothng over $1, that would be the first one I would go to.

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June 23, 20110 found this helpful

It would totally depend on the value of the items you are selling, are they worth $1 at a yard sale? I would not pay $1 for a binder that I can get at Walmart for .97. If you bundled things so the value would reach $1, then you deal with folks who do not want 4 folders/binders. You could write out signs with the prices (Folders: .25each or 5 for $1) Either way, to sell the most you have to offer options and good prices.

No one attending your yard sale cares if it's easy for you to price/sell things that way. They simply want a good deal.

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January 31, 2017

I have a lot of socks for a yard sale. There are about 50 or 60 pairs. How do I press them as a bundle or what?

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January 23, 2010

How do I price garage sale items?

By Mary from Huntington Beach, CA

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January 23, 20100 found this helpful

The same way you do yard sale items. Is there anything in particular you are having a hard time deciding a price on?

The best advise I can give you on pricing something for resale is:

1 - never consider how much you paid for something in determining the price,

2 - think about how much you would be willing to pay for something if you were seeing it at a yard sale,

3 - understand that baby things sell well, tools sell well, and sometimes furniture sells well,

4 - understand that Books, CDs and movies only sell well when they are dirt cheap,

5 - kids toys, if they are in good shape, sell cheap or not at all,

6 - it is seldom that you get the price a collectable is worth at a yard/garage sale.

For example: I had a yard sale with about 300 music CDs I was selling for $1 each or 7 fr $5. I sold maybe 10. I went to Amazon and listed about 274 that turned out to be worth something and I have sold 125 so far and have made over $800 (about $6 a CD).

On Ebay the classic 1978 Simon game has been going for an average of $30 in good condition, some with and some with out a box. You would probably find one at a yard sale for $5.

Point is, for items you think are worth something but not sure? Your best bet is to try to find similar items on Amazon or Ebay and figure out a price from there. Then consider if you want to sell them on-line or on the lawn. Don't try to price everything off those two sites just what you think might be really worth something. There is too much work in a garage/yard sale with out doubling it with inventory and on-line time.

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January 24, 20100 found this helpful

You got some great advice Suntydt. I would like to add that at least around here. If an item is new or next to new you can price up to 25% of the new price. Good luck with your sale!

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January 29, 20100 found this helpful

Generally, 1/4 of retail unless in like new condition, then closer to 50%. Also, keep in mind that people like to get a bargain, so price up slightly to give them a little off if they ask.

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February 5, 20100 found this helpful

Do it this way, the little stuff that you would not make anything on Ebay, sell at a sale. Current magazines (.50) and used hair products and etc around your house. Before you throw something away think "I could get a dime or a quarter for it"....may not seem like much but every penny counts!

Bigger and better things you can sell on Ebay. I once bought a full size wood bed for my son at a local auction for $25 and it has been stored in my garage for years. I recently took it out to look it over for a yard sale and noticed the stamp on the back of it. It is walnut and a Heywood Wakefield! Look at things closely and check on Ebay and the net. You never know what you may have in your possession! Good luck!

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March 23, 20100 found this helpful

I love having yard sales and garage sales. In the past two years I've held four sales, and I'm planning the fifth right now. When pricing I try to ask myself logical questions and "be the buyer."

First- Main purpose of sale. Is the main objective to unload excessive items...plus make some cash? Or... Am I in need of cash, so I'm finding items to unload? In the case of needing money, it can make me think my "stuff" is more valuable than it is. When I'm simply trying to declutter, I tend to want to *give* it away. But, I could do that at Goodwill. The only true failed sale I've held was an "I need money sale." It wasn't the best selection and I probably wasn't in the best mood. Some of the items were priced too high.

As I am gathering and organizing I consider things such as:

How old is it? Is it new or like new, or showing wear? Is it broken or flawed in any way? Is any of the following: In season, useful, common? Is it in high demand? Still sold in stores? etc...

If I saw the item at a sale, how much would I expect to pay? I also consider demand plus cost/savings ratio. Newer sofa in excellent condition would (hopefully) bring a higher percentage of original cost than a new pair of jeans. $600-700 sofa *may* get $250-300. $50 jeans $5-8.

Good luck with your sale! I'm having mine Friday and/or Saturday. I've found some great ideas online and hoping to post them here later today or tomorrow and welcome any feedback.

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