from the stuff
you don't want
What to do near the end and after your garage sale
An easy way to mark-down prices
Near the end of your sale, rather than marking down all your remaining items individually, place a large "50% OFF" sign up at the front entrance.
Ring anyone who wanted to be called if an item was still available
If you have items left that people were interested in and who left their number to be contacted, ring them now to see if they are still interested. Refer to Best tips for personal safety for more information on what to be aware of when arranging times for people to come around.
Expect a last minute mini-rush
There are people who deliberately come at the last half hour of your sale or even after your advertised finish time to pick over what's left. They are looking for and expecting rock-bottom prices. They know that you're desperate to sell what's left and know that you've lost your bargaining power. You need to decide what items you are prepared to "give away" and what items you would much rather give to a charity.
Clear the tables the easy way
Offer a set price for everything they can fit in one plastic shopping bag. I am always amazed at what people will snap up when I offer this. Make sure the shopping bags are the strong type because they will try to squeeze in everything they can. Also make sure you have removed any high-priced items you don't want to "give away".
A variation on this is to have a table or two designated as the "all you can eat" tables. If you plan to offer this, make sure you include it in your ads and flyers.
How to prevent late-comers
If you don't want to be bothered by any late-comers after you have closed your garage sale, take down any front yard decorations and close the garage door. Some will still knock on your door asking to see what's left. You need to decide if it's worth the effort to let them pick through what you've carefully packed up. If you don't want to be bothered, politely tell them that it has all been sold.
Take down your signs and flyers
At the end of your sale, get out your map of sign placements and go around and collect ALL your signs and your flyers. And don't forget to update your online advertisements too.
Remove the price tags and carefully pack the remaining items into labeled boxes (eg kitchenware, toys, children's clothes, electronics, etc). Decide what you want to keep for your next garage sale, what should be thrown out and what can be sent to a charity. See Best donating tips.
What to do with the leftovers?
Don't take anything back inside until you have made a firm decision on what is to happen with the leftovers. Some options are:
Divide up your profits
To calculate how much you made, count your takings and deduct your costs (eg advertising, signs, etc) and you initial change. What's left is your profit. If you had a group sale then distribute the money for their items that were sold.
Review the whole process
Think back to 3 or more weeks ago when you started right through to today and make a list of what you will do, or not do, next time – there will always be a next time.
Reclaim your garage
Take the opportunity of a cleaned garage to see how you can organize it for better storage. Do you need extra shelves, cupboards, storage containers, wall hooks, etc.
Reclaim your budget
It's often a wake-up when you see the things you had bought and how little they are now worth. Hopefully the extra money you made has helped get some some bills out of the way. Now is a good time to also review your budget and what you spend your money on.
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