As you are gathering your items to sell, group them. There are many ways to group objects such as, breakables, kitchenware, seasonal, technology, men's items, women's items, children's items and so on. If you do this while you are preparing for the sale, placing the items will be a cinch. Take it one step further and make small signs as to label your categories to make it easier for the person to find what they are looking for.
After you have done this, consider how to display the items. You will need several tables that are not-for-sale for your displays. Stack crates or bins, and use bookshelves, barrels or benches to display your items. To state the obvious, you don't want someone to buy the table and have your items displaced. Thinking like this is your mini-store front, you want to create a place for your shoppers.
The next step is to map it out. Seeing as most garages are rectangular shaped, I made a sample floor plan to set up the area (see photo). If you like it and want to use it, then please feel free to download a copy from Bright Hub's media gallery.
More Essential Tips:
- Make sure people have enough walking room around the tables.
- Use caution when placing items underneath tables or they might be overlooked.
- Reorganize your sale as items are sold.
- Cover the tables with table clothes to add color. Hint: blue is the color of trust; red is the color of enthusiasm.
- Place the largest and most expensive items toward the front of the driveway.
- Create a dollar-bin or crate – label it with a sign (Everything Is a Dollar).
- Remember to group items and use different heights to make attractive displays.
- Do a check to make sure every item is identifiable and avoid clutter.
- Assemble all items. The buyer can disassemble the item or move it whole.
The biggest garage sale display no-no is no piling. Do not pile. Place books on a shelf, hang clothing and drapery on hangers (making sure they are cleaned and pressed), display shoes on a rack, put CDs into a CD rack and so on. Everything should be easy to see and touch for the best sales.