C&G’s Guide to Hosting a Garage Sale


Forget "Spring-cleaning’! Autumn is the best time to clear out old junk and make some extra cash to boot. In the latest C&G blog, we have prepared an expert’s guide to hosting a profitable garage sale.

If you’re keen to get rid of some items you’ve hoarded for way too long, an Autumn garage sale is a great way to turn your trash into someone else’s treasure. The key to having a profitable and fun garage sale is proper planning, advertising and execution.

1.   Setting a date

Weekends are the best days to schedule your garage sale since more people are around, walking the streets and looking for things to do. Expect to put in more of an effort during long weekends and school holidays - with families seeking activities to entertain the kids during these times, it’s worth hosting a garage sale. However, its best to judge your local area and assess whether a holiday period could be the right time to hold your sale. If you can, opt for a weekend with a good weather forecast. People are far more likely to want to head out to hunt for bargains when the sun is shining.

2.    Make your sale a neighbourhood event

Whether it’s your family or neighbours, the more people you can rally to join, the better. Try getting your whole street involved. It’ll give the event much more publicity and you may attract more customers. The more items and hands-on help - the better the sales.

3.   Bakes get the sales

Entice hungry tummies towards your garage sale with a sausage sizzle, barbecue or bake sale. It’s an immediate invitation for hungry walk-buyers, and the smell of a good old sausage sizzle will have people flocking to your sale.

4.   A little PR never hurt a sale

The key to attracting buyers is advertising. Facebook groups in your local area or online groups that specialise in trade, buy or sells is a great way to get word out. Encourage both verbal and digital ‘word of mouth’. Advertise on social media and to your friends, colleagues and neighbours. If you’re going down the traditional route of flyers on sign posts, be specific! Don’t forget dates, times, items and indication of prices.

5.   Don’t get attached to your items

Remember, the goal of your garage sale is to declutter! If someone offers you $3 for something you think is worth $5, try bartering. If they won’t back down, it’s better to take $3 than to wind up stuck with the things you were meant to be getting rid of. Remember in the words of Marie Kondo if the item doesn’t spark joy – it’s time to move on.

If you have hard rubbish that is unsellable, Bayside City Council have garbage and waste services to help you clear out unusable junk. To book a free hard rubbish collection, you can arrange services here.

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