Clutter, we all have it, old clothes, toys, televisions and other random things we never use anymore. You hate to just give it away. Selling individual items on eBay is a drag. How about a garage sale? First, check the rules of your neighborhood association and make sure they allow garage sales. Next, formulate a plan. Here are five quick tips to help make your sale successful.
1. Make it a group effort: Have you noticed all the mini-storage facilities in Las Vegas? Many of your neighbors probably have stuff to sell too. Why not get a group together for a neighborhood sale? You can share in the cost of advertising and shoppers will be more likely to come when they know there is a larger variety to choose from.
2. Advertise: Use community sources like association newsletters, The Las Vegas Review-Journal, Craigslist and even Facebook to advertise your sale. The Las Vegas Review-Journal has a special garage sale section every weekend with addresses and maps for bargain seekers. Make sure to provide hours of operation so you don’t have people ringing your doorbell at 6 a.m. If signs are allowed in your neighborhood, put them in heavily trafficked spots throughout the area to draw in shoppers.
3. Set it up: Set everything up the night before the sale in your garage. Borrow tables and organize your items into sections including kitchen, bath, clothing, etc. An appealing, organized yard will result in better sales. Use clear labels for marking prices. If you don’t want to label each item, disperse of them throughout bins or piles with one set price tag. Most garage sale buyers like to barter anyway.
4. Staff it: Make sure you will have enough people on hand the day of the sale. For safety reasons, you should not go it alone. You will need volunteers to help with big crowds and assist customers. Make sure that you or your volunteers keep track of the items each shopper is picking up. Your kids can help out by running a refreshment stand.
5. Be prepared: Make sure you have small bills and coins to return proper change. People will also need something to carry their purchases away in. Raid your plastic grocery bag storage and have some newspaper around to wrap glass items. If selling any electronic items, have a power strip available for testing.
After you close down for the day, avoid dragging items back into the house. Take them to a donation center or plan ahead of time for the organization to pick up leftovers after the sale.
2295 Renaissance Drive, Suite D
Las Vegas, NV 89119
Hours: Tues, Wed and Thurs – 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Baby’s Bounty helps new families in need of baby items like clothes, car seats and bedding. To donate your leftover baby items, stop by their distribution center.
6344 W Sahara Ave
Las Vegas, NV 89151
Hours: Mon to Sat – 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sun – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Goodwill Industries provides vocational services and employs people with disabilities. Give your old belongings a new, deserving home.
Opportunity Village Thrift Store
4600 Meadows Lane
Las Vegas, NV 89108
Hours: Mon to Sat – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sun – 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Opportunity Village is a local charity that serves people with intellectual disabilities. Bring your leftover sale items here to support a great cause.
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Christa Emmer is a graduate of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in broadcast journalism. She has experience as a news writer, editor and producer in television news. Christa has been a Las Vegas resident for more than 20 years. Follow her on twitter @ChristaEmmer. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.