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DeCluttering Your New London Rental Property: Garage Sale Tips

Neighbors at a New London Garage SaleGarage sales are a great opportunity to dispose of extra items and make some extra cash at once. If you intend to move to a new New London rental home sooner or later or want to clean up clutter, arranging a garage sale is a profitable approach! But a successful garage sale demands a bit of advanced planning, not to mention all the stress of going through your stuff and choosing what to sell. If you are planning to start a garage sale – or your previous garage sale didn’t go as well as you expected – keep reading for tips to make your sale day go as easily as planned.

Get Organized

The initial approach in organizing a profitable garage sale is to choose what to sell. This method can be daunting sometimes, particularly if you have a habit of hoarding things you don’t need or use. One method is to divide three categories for your stuff: Keep, Sell, and Trash. Gather the entirety of your garage sale items into a specific place of your home or garage so that you don’t need to go looking for them when you’re ready to sell.

Price Items Correctly

The key to pricing garage sale items is to keep in mind that you won’t be able to sell something for the same price you originally bought it or even for what you could buy it online. Garage sale items must follow thrift store pricing, which is around one-third to a quarter of the original price. In case you don’t know, you can always conduct a quick Google search to determine the current value of an item and then price it appropriately. In addition, while individuals will want to haggle with you over the price, don’t artificially inflate your prices in order to get more. Garage sale shoppers will see right through that trick, and your sales will probably suffer as a result.


One of the ideal approaches to guarantee that your garage sale gets a lot of attention is to advertise efficiently. That implies promoting both online and using directional signs the right way. When you already pick a date and time for your garage sale, send a digital advertisement onto your community message board or the free classifieds. Then get crafty with some poster board and markers and make some signs. You need nothing comprehensive: a quick “Garage Sale” with an arrow pointing in the right direction works effectively. You’ll need to hang a sign on all major cross streets near your house, as well as a few more throughout the neighborhood. The more turns someone would need to make to get to your home from the main road, the more signs you’ll need.

Prepare for Success

The day before your garage sale, there are a few things you must perform to prepare for success. For instance, collect the materials you will need to make signs, mark prices on sale items, and so forth. It’s also necessary to have a money box or other carrier with sufficient change in it to break a few large bills and a good assortment of coins. Preferably, get friends or family members involved to help you arrange your garage sale items, hang signs, and keep an eye on things in case you need to take a short rest. If you plan to have people coming into your garage (instead of the driveway), make sure to lock the doors to your house and hold a set of keys in your purse.

Have an Exit Plan

At long last, an effective garage sale has an exit plan prepared. That implies understanding what you will do with your unsold items and having the help you need to bring everything down once the sale is over. If you have large items, arrange for a truck to arrive and gather any unsold items that you do not intend to retain. If your items are sufficiently little to fit into a car, retain extra boxes on hand to load everything up and into the vehicle the moment your garage sale is over. That way, you can drive straightforwardly to the donation location afterward. Additionally, remember to take down all of your garage sale signs! Not only is leaving them up an environmental nuisance, but it may also cause people to knock on your door or try to take things from your yard long after the sale is over.

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