Best garage sale layout tips to maximize sales
Like in every retail store, the layout and placement of your items is extremely important for your garage sale to be a success. The first impression should be of neatness and organization
When you are setting up your sale:
- Think like a store-owner.
- Think like a shopper.
- You are displaying other people's "treasures" and not your unwanted "junk".
- Remember what attracted you and what turned you off at other garage sales you have been to.
You want customers to be able to:
- browse slowly
- easily see all your items
- feel comfortable while browsing
- feel that they can and want to stay for a bit longer
- and of course, feel compelled to buy
Draw up a plan of where your tables are to go and how your items will be arranged on each table
If you have more than 2 tables it will be easier to pre-plan your table arrangements. Measure the sizes of the tables you will be using and the size of your garage, driveway and front yard so you can easily work out how best to arrange the tables rather than panicking on the day. While you are in a planning mood, it's also a good idea to mark how the items are to be arranged on each table. This will:
- ensure you have enough table-space
- reduce the stress on the day of deciding where everything is to go
- and, if you have helpers to set up on the day, you can hand them a prepared box of items to go on a table along with the plan of how the items are to be arranged. You just have to come along afterwards to add the finishing touches. Stress-free.
Make sure your garage sale doesn't appear disorganized, untidy and dirty
Same applies to your garage, house and front yard too. People will judge your sale by first impressions. Should they bother stopping or should they continue to the next garage sale on their list? Make sure your customers are presented with a welcoming and organized entrance from the street.
Shoppers are more willing or expect to pay more if a sale appears clean and organized. They'll, subconsciously, think that your merchandise has been looked after or well maintained during its life.
Encourage people to stop by letting them see what sorts of things you have for sale
Line your big items along your driveway or in the front yard and not tucked away in the garage. Having your display spill out onto the driveway and front yard also "softens" the barrier between your garage and the public which helps shoppers enter your "space".
Keep walk-through spaces between large items along your driveway or yard
This will enable shoppers to walk between large items so they can easily check it from all angles.
Make the front attractive and like a fun event:
- String up balloons
- Run ribbons between posts
- Stick up shiny pinwheels over the front yard, fence, walls, letter box, etc.
- Hang flags, streamers or pennants from temporary flag poles
- Hang Christmas or party lights
- Put up inflatable or cut-out Christmas or Halloween figures
- Anything that is going cheap at your local party supply store. Shoppers won't notice what's on them, just the colors.
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