The days are warming and I’m beginning to see the signs…
Garage Sale signs, that is.
The season is ripe and people are looking to buy and sell. And not just online.
But knowing what to sell is half the battle. The following is a list of items selling well at Yard, Tag, and Garage Sales.
For a guide to pricing — visit Garage Sale Tracker.
Whether they’re in the market for some inexpensive bling or they think they’ve literally discovered a diamond in the rough, yard sale shoppers love to snatch up costume jewelry if it’s nicely displayed and priced to sell. Price simple pieces at a couple of dollars and nicer jewelry a little higher to allow for negotiating.
Received a gift that doesn’t suit your fancy? Leave it in the original packaging and sell it at your next tag sale. Savvy shoppers are always on the lookout for like-new items they can give as gifts without the recipient being the wiser. Price like-new items at less than 50 percent of their original price to sell quickly.
Clothing by the Bag
Sometimes it can be difficult to unload used apparel at a yard sale. Offer shoppers the option of filling a grocery bag with the clothing of their choice for the flat bargain price of $10 or so. It’s a great way to get rid of whatever is left near the end of the day.
There’s a brisk market for these albums, but prices vary greatly by recording, artist and condition. Before you set out a box of your old LPs, research their value online to make sure you’re not selling your collection short.
Most used hand and garden tools perform as well as new ones, and some are even considered collectibles. Toolboxes — particularly sturdy older boxes made of steel — are usually an easy sell if your sale attracts the DIY crowd. My friend recently sold a three-piece upright chest-style toolbox for $150 at a yard sale.
‘Americana’ Home Décor
Watch a couple of episodes of the popular cable TV show American Pickers to get an idea of what’s hot when it comes to cashing in on eclectic items for home decorating Americana-style. Vintage metal advertising signs — a popular wall hanging among Americana enthusiasts — can fetch from a few dollars to a few hundred dollars or more.
Rather than trying to sell books individually, price stacks of similar ones for $5-$10 and sell them by the lot. This works particularly well for children’s books, since kids tend to be a little less discriminating in their choice of literature.
Furniture upcycling is super trendy right now. Vintage pieces are in demand — even if they’re not in great shape.
Bottled Water and Soft Drinks
Even if nobody is interested in buying your stuff, you can net some extra cash if you have an ice chest full of cold drinks waiting for thirsty shoppers on a hot summer day. Price them at $1 or $1.50 each.
Article published at: AARP