By: Becky Esker, President, Get Organized! LLC
Spring is here, the grass is turning green
and itís garage sale time.
After the cold, snowfall ridden winter, you
are probably feeling heavy from the winter weight. What better
way to shed some weight than to get rid of some stuff within
your house? Preparing for a garage sale can be a lot of work but
having a plan can make the task much easier. So grab an empty
box and letís go!
Go through each of your clothes closets, one-by-one,
item-by-item. Pull out all items that no longer fit, you donít
like, or need repair. Toss the items that are of good used
quality into the box. If they need repairing, either repair it
or toss it in the trash. Donít hang onto something ďyou might do
when you get around to it.Ē Thatís simply hanging onto clutter.
Go through each kitchen cupboard, item-by-item. Pull out
all items you have not used in the past year, do not have
immediate plans to use, or are duplicate items. Toss these items
in your box. (If you need a bigger box, good for you, keep
Repeat the same process with every other closet,
cupboard, drawer, and pile shoved throughout your home. Donít
forget the garage and basement.
Find a big empty spot in your home, grab some pricing
tags, a pen, and start pricing each item. For easier pricing,
simply affix a colored dot to each item with each different
color representing a different price. For example, all green
dots are 50 cents, all red dots are $1.00 and so on. (If using
the dot system be sure to prominently display a sign at your
sale that explains your dot system.)
Now itís time to tell the world you have
some treasures for sale.
Classified ads are still a great market for
advertising your sale. Be sure to allow plenty of time to
design your ad and meet the publishing deadline. Since
newspapers tend to charge by the number of words, take time to
carefully create your ad to make the most impact with the least
amount of words.