Blog

MAKING MONEY AT YOUR GARAGE SALE

Check Covid-19 restrictions where you are before hosting a garage sale in the community and follow all the relevant public health guidelines.



On average, sellers make just over $400 by hosting a sale on the Garage Sale Trail. That’s a tidy sum for stuff you don’t use or want anymore. If you’re serious about making money at your garage sale, there’s a few golden rules you should follow...


PRICE TO CLEAR

Sure, you should hike up the prices on your really special stuff but otherwise price to clear. Consider creating a table for items of a certain value or use a pricing chart and coloured stickers to make it super easy for shoppers to buy.


LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION

The most successful garage sales take place on busy roads with good parking. If that’s not your place, consider using a mate’s place or join one of the group sales on the Trail.


TELL PEOPLE YOU'RE INVOLVED

List your garage sale event for free on the Garage Sale Trail website, and promote your sale on your socials using the ready-made tiles and stickers we've created for you.  Be sure to tag @GarageSaleTrail, and use #garagesaletrail so we can help spread the word too.


GET THOSE SIGNS OUT BABY
Big, bold and bright signage is everything on sale day. Think about having a funny or intriguing sale name and place posters in super busy areas like main roads and cafes. Be sure to include the essentials (date, time and location) and directional arrows.


MAKE YOUR DISPLAY PRETTY

Sanitise your stuff pre-sale and put your best stuff front and centre to lure in the shoppers. Organise items by category or colour to make your sale super eye-catching and unmissable.


Use tables and clothing rails if you can but also think about what’s already there. Hang items on your fence, string rope rails between trees, even your trusty Hills Hoist can come in handy.


GET THE WHOLE STREET INVOLVED

Use the letterbox slips provided when you register to invite your whole street to get involved. Ask your neighbours to contribute items to sell or set up shop with you (at a respectable social distance naturally). 


ACCEPT TOUCH-FREE PAYMENTS WITH PAYPAL

If you're hosting a sale IRL, it's quick (and free) to set up touch-free QR code payments using the PayPal app*. Shoppers simply scan with their PayPal app, pay and go. Hosting a sale online? You can set up a unique PayPal.Me link and add this to your sale page for online payments.


BUNDLE DEALS

Be prepared to haggle and use the classic bundling trick to make the most of it. “Oh you want that $15 item for $10, how about you give me $15 and I’ll throw in that book you’ve been eyeing off.” Never fails.


MAKE A LUCKY DIP

Wrap small items in newspaper or offcuts of cotton fabric and make a lucky dip. Charge punters $5 for one or $10 for three items. It’s a surefire way to clear stuff you’re not sure will sell.