The snow may be blowing where you are, and you might think that it’s silly to even think about getting ready for a garage sale! Time flies, though, and if you’re in the process of getting organized anyway, you might as well kill two birds with one stone and prep your unwanted items now. This way, you’ll be ready to go once garage sale season starts in your area. After all, who wants to spend the first nice days of spring going through dusty items in the garage! You might as well do the work while the weather doesn’t inspire you to get out and have some outdoorsy fun. Here are some tips on planning ahead for a garage sale:
- As you go through your closets, fold any items that the kids have outgrown and place them in bags or big plastic containers, organized by size and gender. This will save a ton of time when it’s time to have your garage sale: All you’ll need to do is transfer the clothing from the bin or bag onto a table. If you plan to hang items, and you have enough hangers, cover them in garbage bags, poking the hangers through a hole in the bottom of the bag. Then all you’ll have to do is peel away the plastic bag and hang your dust-free items.
- Each time that you go shopping over the next few weeks, pick up a package of batteries. You’ll probably need AA, AAA and C. Also, look through your tool kit for a small screwdriver. Put these items with any electronic toys or other items that you’ll be selling at your garage sale. On the day of the sale, you’ll be all set to show people that the items do work, because you’ll have fresh batteries and the right size screwdriver to open the battery covers.
- Save plastic grocery bags, if you don’t already. While many of us use reusable bags, when you have a garage sale, people will often ask if you have a bag that they can take. Go shopping a few times and don’t bring your bags with you; take the plastic ones that the store offers instead. Pack these with your garage sale items so no one will use them for anything else, and you’ll have them ready to go on the big day.
- As you sort through your kids’ art supplies, put aside a few markers and a roll of clear tape. You’ll need these to mark items for your sale. Go ahead and put these in the same bag as the batteries and screwdriver!
- Make it a goal to price one box or bag of items each week. Pick up a package of small stickers, write the prices down and stick them on the items. By the time spring rolls around, much of the work that you’ll need to do for your garage sale will already be done!
It’s always good to plan ahead, and this tends to be a slower-than-usual time for many families, as the winter holidays are over and many of us are simply waiting for spring to get here.
Are you planning a garage sale? Are there any other tips that you have for starting the preparations now?