What have you got to sell?

What have you got to sell?


What will sell well in a garage sale?


What can't or shouldn't be sold in a garage sale?

On August 14, 2008, the President signed the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA) into law. Under the new law, it is now illegal to sell ANY recalled product (for adults as well as children). This includes selling items in thrift stores, consignment stores, charities, and individuals holding yard sales and flea markets. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has created a Handbook for Resale Stores and Product Resellers to help sellers of used products understand the new law and existing regulations. Make sure you visit www.cpsc.gov frequently for updated information. To see a listing of recalled car seats, visit the www.nhtsa.dot.gov and www.recalls.gov for other recalled items.



How to find things to sell in your garage sale

It's easy, but it's going to take a while. Go through your house, room by room, cupboard by cupboard, drawer by drawer and take everything out. Then as you repack each item, hold it in front of you and ask yourself:

At the end you will not only have identified all your unwanted junk but have re-organized your cupboards!

This is a big job if you want to do it properly so spread it over a few weeks. Don't forget the garage, shed, basement, attic and the backyard. Get the kids to do this with their toys too and tell them that can keep the money that they can sell it for - its amazing how this motivates them.


You don't want to hear in the news about a person who bought an old broken clock at a garage sale for $1 and discovered it is an antique worth $3,000 - and it was from your garage sale.



What if you have trouble letting go of your possessions?

Do you suffer from Separation Anxiety when trying to decide whether to part with sentimental items like favorite t-shirts, toys, etc? Here are some ways to overcome letting go of the items of questionable sentimental value:

What if you don't have enough stuff for a garage sale?

The more items you offer at your garage sale, the more you are likely to sell. The larger your display, the more shoppers you will attract. If you don't think you have enough - try to have a group sale.

A group sale can be:

See Best group garage sale tips for more tips to have a successful group garage sale


What if you still don't have enough for a sale?

What about including:



What if you really still don't have enough for a sale?

If you don't have a range of goods to attract a cross-section of buyers, then go for a specialty sale. Some examples are:

Then rent a table in your local flea market, neighborhood or community-wide sale, or join in with someone else's garage sale.

Now get into the garage sale mind-set

The pile or boxes of your unwanted possessions you have just collected is no longer junk or stuff, it is your inventory. You garage sale mind-set should be of a retailer or a shop-owner - you now need to attract customers to buy your inventory and its maximum price.


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