Austin Junk Removal: 5 Most Common Garage Sale Mistakes

Posted: May 15, 2013 in junk removal
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So you’ve finally decided to declutter your home and now you’re left with boxes upon boxes of stuff. As an Austin junk removal company, we frequently hear from people who are wondering what to do with all that leftover stuff. A great way to get rid of the stuff you no longer want, promote reuse and earn some extra cash is to hold a garage sale. But many people wonder if they will make enough money to justify all the hard work a garage sale can entail. The truth is you can make a good amount of money from garage sales by avoiding the five most common garage sale mistakes newbie sellers make.

#1 – Not planning well enough.Austin junk hauling

A successful garage sale cannot be planned in a couple of hours. Carefully observe any garage sales your neighbors hold. What days are they busiest? Try to plan your garage sale on those days. Also, check your location. Are you in a well-driven area? If not, consider hosting the sale at a home of a friend.

#2 – Not advertising.

Your garage sale will not be successful if no one knows about it. Consider posting an advertisement in the local classified section of your newspaper or on Craigslist. Make sure any signs you post are within the legal requirements for your city, visually appealing and sturdy enough to stand up to the weather. Also, consider using your personal Facebook, Twitter and Google+ pages to get the word out to your family and friends about your sale.

#3 – Not properly pricing items.

When shopping at a garage sale, most people do not want to have to ask the prices for items. Therefore, you must make sure you have the prices marked clearly on all items. Also, make sure your prices are appropriate for a garage sale. Ask yourself if you would pay that price for that item at someone else’s sale. If not, you’ve priced the item too high.

#4 – Not paying attention to how you display your items.

Presentation matters. Place larger/valuable/in-high demand objects in the front of the sale. These are the items that will make potential customers driving by decide to stop. Also, make sure all items are displayed in a nice, clean manner. This means all clothes are folded or hung up, all small items are placed in bins or plastic bags, etc.

#5 – Not making it a family affair.

The larger your garage sale is, the more people it will attract and the more money you will earn. For this reason, consider inviting your friends and family members to sell their stuff at your garage sale.

After your garage sale, you may be left with a pile of stuff you still need to remove.If this happens, consider calling an Austin junk removal company for assistance.

For more information about Austin junk removal company Dirty Work, find us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+ and Pinterest.


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