How to Get More People to Come to Your Garage Sale

Post signs for your garage sale.
Post signs for your garage sale. (Image: Jupiterimages/liquidlibrary/Getty Images)

Holding a garage sale can be a beneficial way to get rid of old things you may not need anymore, but it can also be potentially lucrative and a way to connect with your neighbors and community. When preparing your garage sale, think carefully about how you will price things. Perusing your local Goodwill or Salvation Army, or visiting local garage sales may give you a good idea of general price points. Once you have priced your items, you will need to follow certain steps to ensure buyers come to your garage sale.

Things You'll Need

  • Felt-tip pen
  • Cardboard box
  • Tag board
  • Masking tape

Offer free items at your garage sale as an incentive to get more people to come up to your driveway or yard. Use a thick felt-tip pen to write "Free" on a cardboard box and fill the box with things you were planning to give away to charity. Place the box near the front of your driveway, where passersby can clearly see it. Once they come up to inspect the free goods, they'll be more inclined to browse your items for sale.

Schedule your sale on a date and time that will attract the most potential buyers. For example, a garage sale held on a weekday during a cold winter month such as January probably won't have that many visitors, due to the weather and the fact that many people work on weekdays. Instead, a garage sale on a Sunday during a warmer month such as May or June will entice more people. Always check the weather in advance to ensure no rain will occur on the day of your garage sale.

Tell your neighbors that you plan to have a garage sale and encourage them to throw one as well. They might have items they've been meaning to get rid of, and a neighborhood-style garage sale would be an opportunity to sell their goods. According to Best Garage Sale, buyers are more likely to visit a neighborhood or sale if there are two more garage sales taking place simultaneously.

Use a thick felt-tip pen and pieces of tag board to create garage sale signs that include the date, time and address of your sale. Use tag board in bright colors such as neon green and pink to attract the attention of drivers and pedestrians. Use masking tape to place these signs in strategic locations for ample exposure, including busy intersections near your home, public bulletin boards at local restaurants, cafes and religious places of worship, and along bustling streets.

List your garage sale and its details on classified websites such as Craigslist or your local newspaper's web page. Use social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter to get the word out that you are holding a garage sale at a specific date and time. Include details about items you will be selling at the event to increase interest in your garage sale and give them an idea of how you will be pricing your things.

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