EVERYTHING MUST GO!
So you want to have a garage/estate sale? Well, you have come to the right place!
This is something I have worked with for years and I will give you some excellent tips and tricks of the trade.
1. DO NOT SELL YOUR CLOTHES!! (I know you’re rolling your eyes and I’m pretty sure you’re gonna do it anyway…) They are the easiest items to get rid of, and the first thing you’ll want to toss out. These items also are grossly overpriced at garage and estate sales. Just because you paid a lot for an item does not mean you can sell it secondhand for a boatload of cash. No one wants your dirty, worn clothes. Donate them to Goodwill. If you do have some clothes and accessories of value, try to consign them at your local stores or through Thredup.com. I have been to estate sales where women highlighted their designer gowns and tops. These items are rarely, if ever, purchased. And how many people are your size? Probably not a lot. (Also, if they ask if they can try it on inside your house or go inside your house for any reason, you’re totally getting robbed.) People can tend to place sentimental value on their clothes that a person wandering in from the street will not have. That jean jacket you were wearing when you met PeeWee Herman? Just a regular jean jacket to your customers. Save yourself time and energy and just donate them. Plus it will do your karma some good to help someone in need while cleansing your closets.
2. CLOSE THE SALE. This means try to take the first offer you are given. Don’t haggle for miniscule amounts. You don’t want the item. That is why it’s in your sale. $5 beats nothing. Also, you do not want to have to deal with bringing it back in your house or having to drive it to a donation center. Get rid of it! Make some “walking around money” as my husband calls it.
3. RESEARCH THE VALUE. If you think great grandma’s vintage haunted doll is worth zillions of dollars, research it before adding an exorbitant amount to it. Also, when you find some past sale values of said item, go below the asking price for it. Not a crazy amount below, but you are selling this outright and you want it to sell. If it is indeed worth much more than originally expected try to sell it through auction or online. It’s still the simple rule of supply and demand. If there are 700,000 creepy haunted dolls, yours is basically worthless. If it is truly rare, decide whether you’d like the cash or wait and see if the value increases. It often takes decades to increase exponentially, so I advise selling if it holds no sentimental value to you.
4. PURGE. Not like the scary movie. (Unless said haunted doll comes to life) But do get rid of everything you don’t sell. As the day and your sale come to a close, start giving better deals and discounts. Offer to throw in something for free if they purchase an additional item. Remember, YOU DON’T WANT THIS STUFF. And when the sale is over, donate all things leftover. Do not bring them back in the house. They will just sit there and accumulate dust, and make great grandma trip over them thusly spilling her Jell-O salad when she comes to visit.
If you need help assessing the value of an item, shoot me a message. I love researching values. I can walk in someone’s home and my eye immediately goes to collectibles where I do a mental appraisal. My favorite thing is finding something in a house where the owner has no idea of the goldmine they’re sitting on. I have discovered an original Louis Comfort Tiffany lamp, Norman Rockwell print, Eames lounge chair, books, memorabilia, and several other interesting finds where the worth was totally unknown to the owner. If you let me go through your cabinets, I assure you we can make some money. Unless your cabinets are full of creepy haunted dolls.