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DeCluttering Your Columbia Rental Property: Garage Sale Tips

Neighbors at a Columbia Garage SaleGarage sales are an excellent method to eliminate extra items and make some extra cash at the same instant. If you are planning to transfer to a new Columbia rental home in the near future or want to get rid of clutter, organizing a garage sale is a profitable way to go! However, a successful garage sale needs a bit of advanced planning, plus all the work of going through your stuff and determining what to sell. If you plan to hold a garage sale – or your former garage sale did not go as well as you expected – keep reading for tips to make your sale day go as easy as possible.

Get Organized

The initial move to running a successful garage sale is to determine what to sell. This approach can be stressful sometimes, especially if you want to store things you don’t need or use. One technique to get through this is to make three categories for your stuff: Keep, Sell, and Trash. Collect all of your garage sale items into one area of your home or garage so that you don’t need to go searching for them when you’re ready to sell.

Price Items Correctly

In relation to pricing garage sale items, bear in mind that you won’t be able to sell anything for the same price you originally bought it or even for what you could buy it online. Garage sale items should be equal to thrift store pricing, which is about one-third to a quarter of the original price. If you have no idea, you can always do a quick Google search to identify the item’s current value and then price it reasonably. Also, while people will want to haggle with you over the price, don’t artificially inflate your prices to try and get more. Garage sale shoppers will see right through that trick, and your sales will probably be affected.


One of the effective methods to ensure your garage sale gets a lot of attention is to advertise successfully. That indicates promoting both online and using directional signs the right way. Once you’ve selected a date and time for your garage sale, place a digital advertisement onto your community message board or the free classifieds. Then get crafty with some poster board and markers and make some signs. You don’t need anything extravagant: a simple “Garage Sale” with an arrow pointing in the right direction works great. You’ll want to hang a sign on all major cross streets near your house, as well as several more throughout the neighborhood. The more turns someone would need to make to get to your home from the main road, the more signs you’ll need.

Prepare for Success

The day before your garage sale, there are numerous things you must do to prepare for success. For instance, assemble the materials you will need to make signs, mark prices on sale items, etc. It’s also critical to have a money box or other bag with plenty of change in it to break a few large bills and a good assortment of coins. Ideally, contact friends or family members to assist you in arranging your garage sale items, hang signs, and keep an eye on things if you need to take a break. If you plan to have people coming into your garage (instead of the driveway), be sure to lock the doors to your house and keep a set of keys in your pocket.

Have an Exit Plan

Ultimately, an effective garage sale has an exit plan in place. That indicates knowing what you will do with your unsold items and having the help you need to disassemble everything once the sale is over. If you have large items, arrange for a truck to help transport any unsold items you do not intend to keep. If your items are easier to fit into a car, get enough boxes on hand to load everything up and into the vehicle once your garage sale is ended. In that manner, you can drive immediately to the donation location afterward. Moreover, make sure to take down all of your garage sale signs! Not only does it leave an environmental problem, but it may also cause somebody knock on your door or try to take things from your yard long after the sale is over.

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