Garage sales and yard sales are a great way to get rid of stuff you don't want. But when shoppers are expecting prices in cents rather than dollars, it's tough to make any money off of them. But if you're going to all the trouble, why not try to turn a profit too? Check out this list of tips on how to make money off of your garage or yard sale (via Charles and Hudson).
Some of the advice is a bit too cheap even for my bargain-hunting self; I'm sorry, but I just don't see myself buying box lots at auction so I can sell the individual items at a garage sale. But there are also some good pointers here, so
- Sell things whose value has appreciated since you bought them. By selling older furniture and accent pieces that could almost be classified as antique, you can charge higher prices than people expect to pay for new furniture and make money in the process.
- Add value before selling. Don't just toss your junk out on a table; instead, make it more user-friendly. For instance, if you have a bolt of fabric, cut it up and sell it as tablecloths, and you'll get more money for it.
- Do your own yard-sale shopping. This will give you a good sense of how people are pricing things in your city. If you see something that seems underpriced, snatch it up to sell at your next event. If you can use something for a year and resell it at the same price, you're coming out ahead.