How to organize a pre-move garage sale

How toJuly 28, 2020

There are a lot of things you need to think about before you move. For one, finding the right moving company. Luckily, Zippy Shell Moving and Storage DMV are at your disposal at all times. Two, what to do with all those things you don’t really need? Should you donate, sell or simply give away? If you are thinking to sell some of your items, we can help you out. Here are our pro tips on how to organize a pre-move garage sale – and earn some bucks!

How much time do you need to organize a pre-move garage sale

Well, depending on if you are moving at the last minute or you have all the time in the world, the time you need to organize a pre-move garage sale can be different. It also depends if you are moving long distance and maybe have more items to sell. In short – there is no real-time estimate on how much time you need to prepare a pre-move garage sale. It all depends on how many items do you have, when do you move, etc. However, before you start realizing this idea, you need guidelines that you may not even be aware of.

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The time you need to organize a pre-move garage sale can be different.

List your items

You may think that organizing a garage sale is an easy task but think twice. You may find yourself stuck with a huge amount of things you don’t really need – and with no real earnings. So what do you really need to know in order to have an inflow of money? First of all – list all the items you no longer need. This takes time, but it’s going to be worth it in the end. Now you are in the role of a seller, so you have to think that way.

Separate your items in the following way:

  • Tidy up your closets, separate the things you’re sure you won’t wear anymore, and sort them into categories. Those can be high fashion brands (including pieces by local designers), street fashion brands and pieces that are not generally known brand. Pieces with a label that you have never worn have a bonus value. As we said, list all your items clearly so you’ll know what you can sell.
  • Go through your rooms and see items you can sell: like furniture, white goods, kitchen cabinets, etc. If you are not sure how to sell these items and don’t have a place to put them, consider renting storage units Gaithersburg MD. This can help you move your items and keep them safe.
  • Then make another sort of selected item based on preservation. Take pictures of all the products from all angles (you can also take it with your phone) or make a detailed list. Pay special attention especially to the parts that are damaged because it is very important to present the true state of your belongings. These pictures are great for advertising your garage sale online. You can set up the price at this step too.
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Take pictures of all the products from all angles (you can also take it with your phone) or make a detailed list.

Promote your items online

Open an account on some of the sites for a garage sale or promote your items on social media. Post pictures of each item (three are enough) and clearly state the price. Make sure you clearly describe it and do not be afraid to list all its flaws. Besides, mention the method of payment and the cost of sending so that members are immediately familiar with it. You may end up selling (or at least reserving) some of the items online, so this can be really helpful.

Answer any potential questions

Be prompt when answering potential customer questions. It may not look like it, but this is one of the most important steps! People love it when they get an answer straight away. Do not forget that they may evaluate your items publicly, so our online reputation depends on you being polite and quick on answers.

Set a date and time

Clearly state when and where your garage sale is going to happen. Keep in mind that people have more time on weekends, so try to make it a whole day sale. It also helps if you make your items available for an extra week once the garage sale is over. In this way, people can buy from you online or come and even end up taking something they considered buying.

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When you promote it, clearly state when and where your garage sale is going to happen.

Think like a salesman

When selling your items on the garage sale, you need to think like a salesperson. Maybe your old items seem to you like they are old and not useful, but it doesn’t have to be this way. You know what they say: one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Still, keep your prices reasonable. They are used things after all.

Consider donating items and giving things away

Once your garage sale is over, don’t be disappointed if you don’t sell as much as you wanted. If you have time, you can always organize another pre-move garage sale. You can also send photos to your friends and relatives and ask if they are interested in buying anything. You can also check with your residential movers just how much would cost to move your items… Maybe it will be cheaper to move items than to buy new ones. In any case, you can always search where you can donate things before your relocation. It’s an act of goodwill and you may feel better.  Good luck!

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