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How to prepare for a successful garage sale

(NC) Now that the weather is warming up, people are gearing up for garage sale season. If you’re itching to do some spring cleaning and offload your excess stuff, here are some ways to pull off your best garage sale yet:

  • Decide on a date and start putting up flyers in the neighbourhood or consider advertising in your local paper. Do this at least a week in advance. Check the weather forecast before you advertise because rainy days keep buyers away.
  • Consider joining forces with other neighbours for a street sale that will draw a bigger crowd.
  • Sort your items into “sell” and “donate” piles. Keep in mind that clothes and shoes are better to donate as you’ll make a small fraction on these items, even if they’re in good condition.
  • Set up a table and chair so you have a place to cash people out and stay comfortable. Don’t forget to have plenty of change on hand.
  • Price items clearly using pricing stickers found at the dollar store, or in a pinch masking tape and marker will work just fine.
  • Don’t be too sentimental and overprice items; if in doubt, seek advice on prices from an objective friend.
  • Bundle items like DVDs, toys and books for one price to catch a buyer’s’ attention.
  • At the end of the day, if you want to move what’s left, get shoppers to fill up a bag of items for a flat fee.

When it comes to your donate pile (and small household items including toys, electronics, linens, sleeping bags, sports equipment and anything left), remember that charitable organizations such as Diabetes Canada are always looking for items. You can donate your wares at one of their 2,000 Ontario-based donation bins or schedule a free home pickup at


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