This weekend I went to an awesome garage sale. I'm not a big garage saler but this one knew all of the secrets: they drew me in with street signs when I wasn't planning on it, they had the stuff they promised, they bargained enough that I wanted to go over my budget to get more of their deals, and their stuff was good enough that I was totally pleased when I got home and looked over my loot. Find out what they did right and share your secrets after the jump.
The garage sale sucked me in on a drive to the famers market with a sign that said "Retro," "Danish," and "Mid Century." So, the first thing they did right was have a theme. They only sold things that fit within that theme which made everything at the sale something that someone who was attracted by the theme was interested in.
The sale was also a group sale. By pooling all of the great items that 5 neighbors have there is more merchandise for the theme. With a large group a theme sale is much more feasible.
Finally, they knew the value of their items and only had high quality stuff. They didn't have a free box or a junk table. Instead, everything they had was in decent condition and was priced fairly and correctly.
The garage sale this weekend, because they did it right, was the best one I've ever been to.
What are your garage sale secrets?
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• Sell Possessions Effectively Without Using eBay or Craigslist: Selling a lot of things at once can be a daunting task, no matter how you choose to do it. Many like the yard sale route which always seems to be pretty effective. However, that option isn’t always available. Sometimes you don’t live in a prime location or it simply isn’t the season for yard sales. So what do you do then? Well, many move to one of the two popular online venues: eBay or Craigslist. I’m going to let you in on my new method of selling that doesn’t involve either of those. In fact, I owe all my thanks to Tumblr.
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• Best Kept Secrets: Hidden Thrift to Treasure Stores: How can you find the good stuff before everyone else without spending a fortune? Here are some little (and well) known places that will appeal to the most thrifty at heart.
• Ultimate Guide to Flea Markets: Where To Go, How To Shop: Isn't it often the case that the coolest pieces in a home are one-of-a-kind finds from world travels? You can either throw your hands up in despair at your ill-luck, or go out and find your own treasure. Make the most of your travels this summer and hit up the nation's best flea markets. You never know where your own mint condition gramophone may be hiding.
• What You Need to Know: Shopping at Antique Stores: Apartment Therapy has talked extensively about how to shop for furniture at several places other than your traditional retail stores. First there were auctions and then estate sales. In this post we address the fine art of finding just the right piece at antique stores. There's an art and you'll have to get a little crafty.
• Strategies and Tips for Successful Thrift Store Shopping: Thrift shopping can be meditative and also extremely rewarding, if you know the strategies.
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