Boost your garage sale takings

The more sales you make at your sale, the more items are reused, the more fun you have and the more money you make for you, your family or your cause.

To help you maximise the moolah you make at your garage sale, here's a handpicked selection of top ways to boost your sale takings:


Look sharp

Your display is a huge factor in your sale’s success.  Make sure your best items are out front, and that there is enough space given to your items to show off as much as possible.  Need inpso? Check out our winning display tips using items you'll find around your home.

Make sure you’re looking out for potential buyers and looking approachable. Make it obvious you’re running the show.  That will encourage potential buyers to ask questions and enquiries can lead to more sales!




Bundle up

A technique that works really well on Garage Sale Trail day is to sell in bundles. Bundles are great ways to sell books, DVDs, kids clothes and... Troll dolls plus you'll reuse even more stuff.


Other ideas that work well include: 2 for the price of 1 deals, lucky dips and fill a bag for $5.


Lucky Dips

Bargain clothing racks



Have a flash sale

Have some discount signs at the ready that you can put up and take down through the day when you might need a little boost to attract shoppers.  50% off everything is always a winner!


Get transaction ready!

Make sure you don’t have to turn any potential sellers away because of a lack of cash, or small change.

Sign up with Square now for an easy and affordable way to take credit and debit card payments on the day. No need to go to the bank or sign nasty lock-in contracts, and forget about those pesky hidden fees. With Square you'll only pay for what you use - and in a special deal for you Garage Sale Trailers, you'll also receive 25% off your Square Reader and free processing on your first $500 of sales. Neat!

Square Transaction
Square Transaction


You'll probably also want to make sure you’ve got some loose change on day and may even want to don a bum bag. What they lack in attractiveness, they make up for in utility during a busy sale.


Square Reader in Action

Carol Cox from Perth, WA, used Square for the first time at her garage sale last year and processed more than $600 of extra sales by accepting card payments.

"Me and my husband found that having a card reader was really useful for the higher priced items," she said. "If you have anything over $50 or people are buying multiple items, it adds up so you have to allow them to pay more conveniently if you want to make the sale."

Both retirees, Carol and her husband also sold recycled timber bird houses that they made in the lead up to the 2016 Garage Sale Trail, and this year they're looking forward to adding wall mirrors to their offering, made from recycled wood.

"It's a good opportunity for us to sell some of our woodwork while we offload our extra homewares at the garage sale. Using Square was really helpful for this, allowing us to sell a bit extra."

Since signing up to Square, Carol has also used Square Reader to help her take donations for community fundraising events, and likes that it has no lock-in contracts or any hidden and ongoing fees. Carol is on the Trail again this year as a stallholder at the Lake Monger Markets, check out her stall page here.

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Square Transaction