Thinking of turning your clutter into extra cash? Here’s a primer on holding a garage sale:
- Check out applicable bylaws and regulations. Some residents are only allowed to hold two garage sales a year on their property. If you’re planning a two-day weekend sale, that’s it for the year. Condo rules and apartment leases may restrict or prohibit sales.
- Get everyone involved. Multi-generation and neighbourhood sales are fun — and profitable since they tend to draw larger crowds.
- Get the word out. Use paid and free advertising –the Internet, bulletin boards at coffee shops or supermarkets and street signs. Emphasize big-ticket items. Mention tools and men will come running.
- Be prepared. Spend a few evenings cleaning and pricing items. Stock up on sawhorses, plywood, shelving, tables, hangers and bags. Your first customers will arrive straight from the ATM which only dispenses $20 bills. Have a supply of change handy.