How to make the most of selling your clutter
by Kim Reid Contributing columnist
Fall is here and it is a great time to mobilize your family to clean out the clutter, a garage sale will get them in action! A garage sale is a great way to get rid of unwanted stuff, and with summer almost over, you probably have a very clear idea of the garden tools, summer toys, lawn chairs and the like that you will not be using again. Consider these suggestions:
Check the regulations in your area for having a garage sale. In some areas there may be restrictions on where you can post signs and distribute flyers. Some areas require a permit.
Explore all the ways to promote your sale. Post flyers on bulletins boards in supermarkets and other public places; advertise in venues like the local newspaper (online and print editions) and on craigslist; and promote it at online sites like garagesalefinder.com.
Dust off, hose off or wash the items that you plan to sell. Ask yourself, “Would I buy this?” Clean items are much more appealing to prospective buyers.
Go through the pockets of clothing so you don’t unwittingly sell an unknown “bonus.”
People love multifamily garage sales, so see if you can rally friends and neighbors to join in.
A small “free” box for children will keep them busy while their parents do some real shopping.
Price everything! Make price stickers easy to read. Put large price tags on large items.
Have plenty of dollar bills, fives, etc. for making change.
Have a plan AFTER the sale for the items that have not sold. Do you really want to take these unwanted items back inside your home? Wouldn’t donating them to a second hand shop or charity be a better choice? Make the choice so that immediately AFTER you have closed your sale, the next step is disbursing the unsold items away from your home. You’ll be glad you did!
Source: American Cleaning Institute
For more information, contact Kim Reid, Extension Agent with the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service at 910-592-7161.
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