The fall weather is here and as cooler temperatures prevail, you’ll find that it’s the perfect time to put together a quick garage sale – either on your own, or in your Thousand Oaks, Staley Farms, or other Kansas City neighborhood. Whether you’re just trying to declutter your home or you’re preparing to sell your home in this great real estate market, garage sales are a great way to gid rid of all the extra “treasures” you’ve accumulated over the years. Here are 5 helpful steps to help you make the most of your garage sale:
1. Declutter Everywhere
Look for those personal items that are piling up on your bedroom nightstand or dresser. If you can’t find a place to hang it, price it for sale. If you have kids, venture into their bedrooms and look for toys not played with in the last few months. Chances are, no one will ever miss any of them.
Look for any appliances that you never use. That old Mr. Coffee that your Keurig has replaced, the toaster oven that sits idle, or the extra old set of mixing bowls will bring some cash at a garage sale and make more room in your cabinets. If you have condiment containers, vases or other knick-knacks cluttering the countertop, sell them and see your kitchen immediately look bigger!
The living room.
In the living room or other common areas, do a sweep to remove any clutter. Sort through the basket of toys or books in the corner, inspect the throws and pillows and see what can go.
In bathrooms and dressing rooms, consider finding a new home for any stray jewelry, storage containers or cabinet knick-knacks.
This is where you’ll probably find a plethora of garage sale items. If you haven’t worn it for a full two seasons, hang it, price it, and sell it! You’d be surprised at the people searching for well-kept used clothing. Don’t forget the shoes that hurt your feet and the purses you never carry!
Here’s another garage sale goldmine! Tools, hardware, pool toys, bikes, and more! What have you not used in the last year? It’s just cluttering up your home – get rid of it!
2. Sorting and Prepping For Garage Sales
First, you need to clean out your garage to make room for a place to organize all of your items for sale. Set up some long tables to help you keep things organized. Sort your items by type on the table – toys, kitchen, decor, tools, books, electronics. This will make it easier and faster for customers to browse. If you can borrow or create some hanging racks for your best clothes, they will sell better. Put a few interesting items near the end of your driveway to encourage people to stop and shop. Have a power strip ready so customers can see that appliances, lamps, and other electronics are in working order. Get a cash box or money pouch with plenty of small bills for making change. Expect early birds even if your ads clearly state your start time. They nearly always come.
3. Pricing Your Garage Sale Items
First, you’ll want to decide what your goal is for your garage sale. Are you trying to make some money or do you just want to make sure everything is out of your home at the end of the weekend? People usually price their garage sale items at 20-30 percent of what they originally paid if they are in good shape. Buy some dot stickers and price every item for easier sale. Always round to the nearest dollar or quarter whenever possible to keep the math simple. Everyone loves feeling like they got a “deal” at a garage sale, so consider pricing big items higher than you want so you have room to negotiate.
4. Advertising your Garage Sale
Run your garage sale ad in your local town’s newspaper. The Kansas City Star offers free garage sale ads. if that is still customary in your town. However, much of your advertising will be done online. There are dozens of websites that promote garage sales. Choose as many as you like, including community ones like Craigslist and Facebook Swap and Shops that promote local garage sales. Include photos of a few items you think might be especially enticing for buyers. Put up signs where they will get the most traffic, making sure your lettering is large and easy to read. If your subdivision is having a neighborhood sale that coincides with your time frame, plan your sale for those dates. Many garage sales mean lots of customers coming to buy and your neighborhood will handle the advertising.
5. Planning for the Leftovers
No doubt you will not sell every single item at your garage sale so you need to have a plan in place for what to do with the leftovers. For larger items, you might post to one of the many Facebook Swap and Shops in our area. Kansas City has several and so do smaller communities like Kearney, Liberty, Smithville, Parkville, and the Northland. These are great avenues for selling quick. For everything else, do a quick inventory and take it all to a charitable or resale store like Northtown Thrift in Kansas City and the ReSALE Shop in Gladstone. If you have some trendy clothing left, consider Plato’s Closet on North Oak Trafficway.
Decluttering to Sell? Call Scott Vulgamott!
A yard sale is your opportunity to get rid of your unwanted odds and ends while turning a profit. You can put the money towards moving costs or redecorating your new home. Definitely a win-win with the clutter gone and new cash in hand. As a listing specialist, Kansas City Realtor, Scott Vulgamott is the perfect person to sell your home. With almost 20 years experience in Kansas City real estate, he knows the market, the paperwork, and the staging strategies to get what your home is worth in today’s market. He can also help you find a new home that you will love! You can reach him at 816.916.7272 or message him at scottvsellskc.com.