Turn your unwanted items into cash and lighten your load on moving day by planning a pre-move garage sale. Ready to get started? Follow these tips to plan a garage sale and be one step closer to a successful move and extra cash in your pocket!

Steps to Plan a Garage Sale

Pick a Date

The first step is to select dates and times for your garage sale. Typically, Friday and Saturday mornings are the most popular. But you could make it a multi-day sale and add Thursday and Sunday.

Want a larger crowd? Choose to be out early in the morning. For one, it’s likely to be cooler, and you’ll get a larger crowd because it won’t interrupt your shopper’s day.

Pro Tip: If possible, schedule your garage sale during moderate weather. Opting for the end of September over August’s sweltering heat will give you a better shot at a successful sale. Late spring and early fall are the best times for a garage sale.

Gather the Goods 

Now that you have the dates set, it’s time to gather all the goods. Grab a box and sift through every room. Pull out anything you don’t want or haven’t used in months. Don’t forget the closets, attic, basement, and garage.

Pro Tip: Think those old power strips, chargers, and USB cables are destined for the trash? Think again! You never know what people are looking for at a garage sale.

Permits Please…

Do I need a permit? Yes, in some cities, you do. Check with the clerk at your city or town hall to find out if your area requires one to avoid being shut down and fined.

Get the Word Out!

It’s time to advertise to draw customers. We have many avenues to promote a garage sale. Here are what we think works best.

The best way to drive traffic to your garage sale is an oldie, but a goodie, the newspaper. Keep the ad short and pointed.

Online advertising is also beneficial. Here are some options where you can advertise your garage sale.

  • Social Media Platforms
  • Facebook Garage Sale Groups
  • Craigslist
  • Yard Sale Search
  • Garage Sale Hunter
  • Garage Sale Source

Another option is to make signs to place at street corners pointing to your garage sale. Don’t forget to check the laws in your area before making the signs and placing them around town because some cities have bans on signs.

Not sure how to write an ad for your garage sale? Check this out.

Get help with your move by calling the professionals at RL Maxon Moving at 479.756.0850 or visit our website.

Was this article helpful? Don’t miss part two of how to plan a garage sale before you move. We’ll cover what you need that day and what to do with the leftovers. See you soon!