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Tips For a Successful Yard Sale

by Zac Pasmanick - The Zac Team @ RE/MAX Metro Atlant

It's that time of year again. The results of the annual Spring cleaning ritual have been stacked up in the garage, possibly blocking entry doors and or a parking space. What do you do with all this stuff? For many, the culmination of the Spring cleaning season is yard sale. Here are some tips to help you make your yard sale as successful as possible.  

1. Allow plenty of time – three to four weeks – to prepare for the sale.

2. Choose a date that will not conflict with holidays or other special events that might lure prospective customers away.

3. Weekends are more convenient for more people than weekdays.

4. Your sale is likely to attract more customers if you join together with neighbors in a larger effort with more merchandise. Some home owners groups are sponsoring neighborhood sales that are proving popular.

5. Practical household goods, bicycles, children’s toys and clothes, sports equipment, and garden tools are popular items; adult clothing has less appeal and should be priced accordingly. Ideally, a place for trying clothes on should be provided.

6. Merchandise your items attractively in neat, clean surroundings. Paper tablecloths offer a pretty setting for glass and ornamental items. Cluster things in categories; place most desirable items in the back of the garage so browsers are urged to look at other merchandise on their way to the most popular items.

7. Have a 25 cent miscellaneous table for youthful shoppers.

8. All items should be clean, polished, and in good repair. Clothes should be sized accurately and hung on a temporary rack using two ladders and a pole.

9. Locate your appliance table near an outlet so customers may try before they buy.

10. Be sure there is adequate parking space and a place to load large items.

11. Have plenty of paper bags and boxes for packing and newspapers for wrapping glass items.

12. Place a classified ad in the local papers, including three or four specific items for sale, directions, and other pertinent details.

13. Take advantage of free publicity provided by bulletin boards in grocery stores and other public places.

14. Provide directional signs to your property if needed using an indelible felt tip pen.

15. If your house is listed for sale, have your Realtor hold an open house on the same day as the garage sale, thus increasing interest in both the house and the sale.

16. Visit other sales to form an idea on how to price things, but remember that garage sale shoppers are looking for “bargains”. Be prepared to bargain and lower your prices.

17. Really valuable items such as antiques should not be sold at a garage sale, because it is unlikely they will bring the desired price from bargain-minded shoppers. On the other hand, nothing is too worthless to be valuable to someone. Have a giveaway box for old magazines and other assorted odds and ends.

18. Post a notice that all sales are final and payment must be in cash.

19. Have plenty of change in a cash box kept in a protected spot. Keep a record of sales, especially when there are several sellers. One recording device that is simple and efficient is to use small white stickers to price items and when the item is purchased, remove the sticker and place it next to the name of the seller.

After holding one or two garage sales, you can probably add some newly discovered tips of your own. A bit of organization will make for a successful sale and an uncluttered house.

Zac Team Hosting TWO Open Houses This Weekend

by Zac Pasmanick - The Zac Team @ RE/MAX Metro Atlant

The Zac Team is Hosting TWO Open Houses on Sunday, April 23rd, from 2pm - 5pm

631 Linwood Avenue, Atlanta 30306

Handsome single-family home or executive duplex - you decide! Perfect for owner occupant who wants to pay their mortgage living for free or generate some monster income via Airbnb, Easily convertible to a grand single-family. Income Potential $6,500 monthly total makes it an investor's dream. Renovated Kitchen, updated baths, all appliances, W/D in each unit, 10ft ceilings, original crown, hardwood flrs, d cor fireplaces, & 40+ windows. Large living rms, sep. dining rms, butler pantry, porches, sunroom, large decks, great yard. Separate storage. Metered separately.

 

1871 Aspen Drive, Atlanta 30345

Craftsman home walking distance to Briarlake. 3 levels of living. Main floor has formal living room, dining room, bedroom, office, full & half bath, billiard room w/ built ins & laundry room. Stepless entry from 2 car garage. Custom kitchen w/built in storage, Jenn-Air appliances & breakfast area overlooking large den w/FP & custom mantle. Upstairs master bedroom w/2 closets, 3 guest bedrooms & full bath. Basement has entertainment area, second kitchen, full bath, workshop, potential 6th bedroom used as gym. Storage everywhere. Fenced back yard w/deck & patio area.

 

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