Best garage sale layout tips to maximize sales - 2 of 4
You need to decide whether you will station yourself at the entrance or at the back of your garage sale
This may not be a problem though as you will probably be up and walking around tidying up your displays and making your garage sale look busy during the day anyway. If you decide to position your 'checkout" at the entrance, this can be intimidating for people as they come in but:
- It's easier for you to greet them as they arrive.
- Customers know where to go to pay.
- You can check that no one leaves without paying.
- It helps to make sure your garage sale doesn't look deserted (a bad sign to people as they slowly drive by).
- If you are on your own at any time, it's safer than being at the back of your garage sale where you can't be seen from the street.
If outside, set up a canopy or umbrella over your check-out table or where the cashier will be standing/sitting
Much more comfortable for the person and also helps shoppers see where they need to go to pay or ask questions. Also, I find it more pleasant haggling & dealing out of the sun.
Have a table or box of items for 50c or 25c each positioned near the entrance to your garage sale
- Make sure it has a big sign that can be seen from the street.
- It attracts people, gets them into a buying mood and, if the items are children's toys, also keeps the kids occupied allowing their parents (with the money) to spend more time browsing.
- A version of this is to have a lucky dip where you have two sealed boxes with a hole at the top big enough for a hand to go in. One box, appropriately decorated, is for boys and the other for girls. Inside are individually wrapped treasures appropriate for children (eg small toys, character figures from fast-food promotions, pad & colored pencils, etc). Some of these you may have bought from the local discount store to help fill the box.
Long narrow tables work best
People then don't have to reach over too far to reach items at the back or move things out of the way. Place larger items at the back and smaller items at the front of tables.
Arrange your tables in a U-shape
If your garage is big enough, set up your tables around the walls to form a u-shape. This will give you maximum free space in the centre for shoppers to walk around and pushers to be able to maneuvered.
Arrange your tables in an L-shape
If your garage is small, position tables on two walls to form an L-shape. This will still give with enough room for people to walk past others shoppers.
Arrange to avoid accidents
- Place breakables near the back of tables so they are less likely to be knocked off and ...break.
- Don't put anything too heavy on a table that is made up of a piece of particleboard between two supports. Particleboard isn't very strong unsupported like this.
- Keep a high free-standing cupboard stable by placing it on the solid driveway rather than on the soft lawn.
- Position a breakable item's price tag in the front so shoppers can see it without having to pick the item up to turn it around or over.
Have tables or areas in your garage with specific types of items
Have specific tables for kitchenware, toys, bedding & linen, baby items, clothes, electronics, hardware, etc. It is easier for people to find things if you have grouped like items together. It helps people mix and matching or finding complimentary items. It also helps you because you only need one mirror next to the clothes or a small mirror next to the jewelry or a table of electrical appliances near one power point.
Have tables or areas in your garage with specific types of items to be next to other complimentary areas
Position related areas next to each other to help lead shoppers to other tables and to keep related items together. For example:
- Position AUTO next to TOOLS next to GARDENING next to CAMPING.
- Position LINEN next to BATHROOM next to KITCHENWARE next to DINING.
- Position COMPUTER next to ELECTRICAL next to MOVIES next to BOOKD.
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