By Jessa Diebel,

Preparing for a Garage SaleAs the weather warms up, so does garage sale season. If you’re looking to make money by getting rid of excess items from your home, a garage sale is just what you need. Selling things that take up too much space or that are never used or worn can be a huge load off of any family’s shoulders.

If you’re considering putting on a garage sale, focus on your preparations to make sure the sales go as smoothly (and profitably) as possible!

Ask Each Member of Household for Items

In the spirit of spring cleaning, ask each household member for a bag of things to put on sale. These items can be gently-used clothes, coats, toys, books, movies, and more. If you have items that can attract a wide range of age groups to your sale, you’ll be more likely to make more money. These can also be supplementary items to larger household items you’re looking to get rid of.

Advertise Your Sale

Get serious about your garage sale by advertising it in the newspaper and online (on a site like Craigslist). Garage sale regulars scour these listings to find garage sales to hit every week. If you aren’t looking to advertise online or in the newspaper, simply put up signs around the neighborhood instructing passersby to stop in.

Label Your Items Clearly

Although shoppers at garage sales generally love to bargain prices down, label your items with a general price amount. Some people use a color-coding system to specify prices while others use traditional prices. Either way you decide to label, make sure it’s a consistent system.

Get Cash & Get Comfy

The day before your sale, get one-dollar bills and change to give your customers. This is one the easiest things to do to be prepared for a garage sale. Another important thing to remember is that you will most likely be outside for hours on end. Have snacks, water, comfortable clothing, and a good chair. You won’t regret it!

Let us know your favorite garage sale tips, and good luck!