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vfnelson2 452 June 3, 2008 at 05:54 PM
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It's that time of year again when Garage sales are popular. I have seen some discussion of Garage Sales in regular discussion threads, and perhaps there is talk of it in the BS thread, but I think it would be good to have it's own thread and people can add in the WIKI what sold for them and at what price - or what they will sell it for.

This way people having a garage sale can have a nice reference sheet and can learn from the mistakes of others. I will post in the WIKI info I have read.

Yes, I am having a garage sale this weekend at a friends work. I have read some info on another site and it is nice that they have their own thread for this.

Garage sales are not for everyone, please no bashing on those who wish to do it. It's a way to make money to buy more coupons and fuel your 'addiction'. LOL!

Mods, if you think this would be better suited in a different forum, please advise or move. I just thought it would be good to have a garage sale discussion and a WIKI to boot to help others.

Thanks!

Vicki
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PLEASE NOTE: This WIKI is a reference guide to price the items you may have. Know your states laws before selling new unopened items or medicine. Laws vary from state to state, and can from city to city on what is allowed to be sold at a garage sale or flea market. Sell at your own risk. Thanks!

Garage Sale Tips:
- Use a muffin tin to keep coin denominations separated.
- A fishing tackle box is a great way to keep money safe and organized - coins separated in the compartments, and bills underneath. Some even have locks
- Use a carpenter's apron with pockets in the front. Works great, bills and .5 and .10 on one side, .25 on the other. It goes with you, for safety and conveience. Works great for school soncession stands too..


Here is how I think we can get a good array of information for each product/item. Let's say Toothpaste for example. If one person sold it successfully at $1, and another at $1.50 and another at $1.25...post it like this

Toothpaste 4.0z: $1.00; $1.25; $1.00; $1.50
Toothpaste 6.0z: $1.50; $1.00

Then people can get an array of info on the price point to sell their items. If anyone has any better suggestions, please post it. Anyone can edit the WIKI - just hit EDIT on the bottom of the WIKI post. :-)

Please post what you sold items at in your individual post - and if you are in a big metropolis or not - this sometimes makes a difference.

Items to sell at garage/yard sale & prices successfully sold at

All Toothpaste & Toothbrushes $1.25 or 4/$4.00 - I sold a lot in lots of 4
Toothpaste 4.0 oz; $1.00; $1.00; $1.00; $1.00 or 2/$1.00, $1.00/.50; $0.75
Toothpaste 6.0 oz; $1.00; $1.50; $1.00
Toothbrushes: $1.00; $1.00; $1.00 (sold all)

Shampoo/Conditioner
I read most shampoo/conditioner/stylers sell for about $1-$2 - most at $1. Pantene $1.50-$2.00, Garnier $1 or $2 - depending on brand
All Shampoo/Conditioner/Styler $1.50; $1.50 or 3/$4
Larger size shampoo/conditioner (by SRM) $2.00
Dove $1.50, $1.50 or $2.50 set
Garnier $1.50; $1.50;$2.00, 3/$5
Herbel Essence $1.50, $2, 3/$5
Pantene; $1.50; $2.00; $1.50-$3 (depending on size); $1.50
Suave: $.50 .75; $1, $0.50 (sold all)
Sunsilk $1, ended up donating it; $1.50, 3/$5, $2
Vive Pro $2.00, 3/$5

WASHES, CLEANSERS, SOAP, LOTIONS
Garnier Scrub: $2, $1
Body Wash: $1.50, $2.00; $2.00; $1.50
Gillette Mens body was: $2.00
Clearasil Products: $1.50
Aveeno Lotions (Small) $1.00; $1.00
Larger Lotions: $2
Olay Ribbons : $1.50
Lamisilk $1.00 (wanted $2)

RAZORS I've read people sell razors b/t $2-$4, sell quickest at $2.00,
Venus Razors $3.00; $4.00; $3.00, $5.00
Schick Razors $3.00; $3.00; $4.00; $4.00 or 3/$10. $5.00, $5.00, $3, 2/$5
Fusion Razors $3.00; $4.00; $3.00; $5.00, $3, 2/$5
Bic Soleil Razors & Refills $3; $2.00; $2.00, $3.00
Disposable Razors $3.00; $4.00


MEDICINE
I read you should keep this close to where you check out - these are more likely to be stolen...(meds)
"Most Meds $1.50; $1.50 or 3/$4.00
Advil 24 ct. $1.00
Tylenol; $1.00 small box, $2.00 larger box
Excedrin $1.00, $1.00
CVS Claritin
Phillips Milk of Magnesia
Preperation H wipes $1.00
Visine
Neosporin
Band-aids $1.00 SOLD ALL
Breath Rite
Zantac 8 ct. $1.00
Tums
Rolaids $0.25 (small packs) 3 roll pack, $1.00
Fiber Supplements: $2



VITAMINS
Viactiv $1.00 (only sold a few)
RX Essentials $1.00
CVS Vitamins: $1.00
More Expensive Vitamins: $2.00

PERFUMES
Perfume sets you bought at 90% off... $10.00

DEODORANT
Men's $1; $1; $1.00: $1.50 or 3/$4.00 (actually sold a bunch at this price, and normally 3 at a time)
Women's $1; $1.00
Adidas: $2 since it was $4.99, $1.50
Speed Stick $1.00
Lady Speed Stick $1.00
Suave $.50

OFFICE
Post Its $1.00 SOLD ALL
Notebooks .25
Pens 10 ct. .50
crayons 24 ct .50
glue sticks 2 ct. .50
glue .50
2 pocket folders .10

MAKEUP
I read nail polish for $1, all other makeup for $2 that is over $7ish - others for $1-$2 under $7 depending on item
All makeup except Foundation: $1
Foundation: $2.00, $3.00
Nail Polish $1
Eye Shadow 1.50, $3.00
Mascara 1.50, $3.00, 2/$5
Lipstick 1.50
Mineral make-up $3.00
Sold all makeup for $1 and hardly sell any
Used makeup- $0.25 you can sell anything for a quarter.
BABY
Diapers: $5.00, $3.50 (walgreens brand) $3 (Wags), 2/$5 (wags), $4 (wags - sell out every time)
Johnson's Buddies Soap: $.50; $.50 -these sold very well
Wipes: $1.00
Huggies flushable wipes soft pak $1.00 Hard pak $1.50
cvs BABY WIPES $1.00

FOOD ITEMS
Cereal: $1.00
Condiments 2/$1 for salsa...only sold 4
Soup
Glucerna: $3
Boost Shakes: $3



SAMPLE SIZE items
Any sample items - whats your prices $0.25
Satin Care Shave Gel .50

AIR FRESHENER ITEMS
All Air Freshner (Febreze, Glade) $1.00 - sold them all, $1.00
Lysol - $1.00
Renuzit - $.50
Scented Oil & Wisp Candles: $3, $4
Airwick Mini's: $3.00
Febreze Noticeables; $3.00
Glade Plugins: $1.50 (sold 18 of 20)
gLADE SCENTED OIL PLUG INS $2.00
glade scented gel w/night light $2.50

CLEANING ITEMS
Simple Green - $1.00
Lysol Products - $1.00; $1.50
Scrubbing Bubbles Shower Kit - $6.00
Toilet Bowl Cleaning Kits: $2.00
Windex - $1.50, $2.00
lysol 4n1 spray $2.00

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Great idea! OP. I'm actually having a garage sale this weekend. One thing that I learned is most things should be at least prices 50% of retail (if not less) and don't put ALL of ONE ITEM that you have out at the same time (as far as stockpile items). Someone said that people are more willing to DEAL when you have MORE of something. Example: if you have 10 new "widgets" don't put all 10 "widgets" out at once. LMAO

I also advertised in the paper. I'm also trying something new. Since I have to work Friday...I'm doing my sale 5-8 p.m. and then Sat. 8-2 p.m. (Just thought I'd have no competition at 5 pm on a Friday so I'll let you all know how it works out).

Any other suggestions?
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Quote from MamaRo View Post :
Great idea! OP. I'm actually having a garage sale this weekend. One thing that I learned is most things should be at least prices 50% of retail (if not less) and don't put ALL of ONE ITEM that you have out at the same time (as far as stockpile items). Someone said that people are more willing to DEAL when you have MORE of something. Example: if you have 10 new "widgets" don't put all 10 "widgets" out at once. LMAO

I also advertised in the paper. I'm also trying something new. Since I have to work Friday...I'm doing my sale 5-8 p.m. and then Sat. 8-2 p.m. (Just thought I'd have no competition at 5 pm on a Friday so I'll let you all know how it works out).

Any other suggestions?
Are you saying that people are expecting to deal and haggle you down if you have 10 items out vs. 3? If you have 3 items out they are more likely to buy it at your price? The way you say more willing to deal can be read two ways...just clarifying. I appreciate your input. ;-)

HAVE YOUR RECEIPTS SOMEWHERE CLOSE BY in case you get nosey people questioning you. I have read in threads that someone had the cops called on them because some people thought she stole it all. You don't have to let police in your house if they don't have a warrant. Don't let them in. I know you have nothing to hide, but there is no reason to let them in. (Just reminding you of your rights) Easiest if you have a box of receipts to show them to prove you bought it all. It will shut them up and they will be on their way. ;-)

This is something you may not think of, so I'm just reminding you. I keep my receipts in a Huggies Wipes container. I love those things. ;-)

Vicki.
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Well when you get as much as I do, selling it all at $1 a piece can yield you a hefty profit. The one thing I won't YS is food. I may give samples of stuff away but won't sell it.
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Quote from vfnelson2 View Post :
I have read in threads that someone had the cops called on them because some people thought she stole it all.
Jawdrop Jeez, the nerve of some people! But I have wondered what do you tell people when they ask where you got all this stuff? I am considering a garage sale, but worry about shoplifters. I'm also thinking maybe those places that Ebay for you (such a PITA to do it yourself) or find somebody that sells at the flea market. Any thoughts?
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I had a gs this past weekend (Friday and Sat 7:30-2). I made $900.

We're moving so I was looking to get rid of a lot of stuff so I had my prices quite cheap. I also have a sign that says "Everything is reasonably priced well below retail. Please no haggling. Thanks!" I refuse to haggle. My husband said that my sign should state "Don't ask to haggle over my prices and I won't ask to haggle over your change due." Big Grin

Crest Pro-Health and Colgate -- $1
All shampoo, conditioner and stylers $1.50
Larger sized shampoos $2
Most of my meds $1.50
Garnier Nutritioniste Facial Cleansers etc $2
Clearasil products $1.50
Cosmetics-- $1.00-$2
Body wash-- $1.50
Diapers $5
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Quote from suprneko View Post :
Jawdrop Jeez, the nerve of some people! But I have wondered what do you tell people when they ask where you got all this stuff? I am considering a garage sale, but worry about shoplifters. I'm also thinking maybe those places that Ebay for you (such a PITA to do it yourself) or find somebody that sells at the flea market. Any thoughts?
I will guess places that eBay for you will take 25% of sale price. Not sure, could be less. Then eBay and paypal take about 10% of the sale price with their fees. For small items it may or may not be worth it.

Say you sell 12 shampoo/cond for $12.
eBay/Paypal fees $1.20
Service to sell: $3
Total: $4.20
Your net $7.80

I guess it's more than you had before though. If you have 30 lots of shampoo at $8 a pop - that's $240 more than you had and no work. That is if the fees are correct for the service.

Flea Markets you can get shoplifters too.

I hate hagglers - so when I garage sale I normally don't haggle. On rare occasion I will. Last time I didn't have too many hagglers. I think the $.25 to $.10 people annoy me more than the $5 to $3 people. I mean haggling over $.15...

Anyways...yeah, cops called because people thought she stole all the stuff - that is ridiculous!

Vicki
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I had a gs this past weekend (Friday and Sat 7:30-2). I made $900.

We're moving so I was looking to get rid of a lot of stuff so I had my prices quite cheap. I also have a sign that says "Everything is reasonably priced well below retail. Please no haggling. Thanks!" I refuse to haggle. My husband said that my sign should state "Don't ask to haggle over my prices and I won't ask to haggle over your change due." Big Grin

Crest Pro-Health and Colgate -- $1
All shampoo, conditioner and stylers $1.50
Larger sized shampoos $2
Most of my meds $1.50
Garnier Nutritioniste Facial Cleansers etc $2
Clearasil products $1.50
Cosmetics-- $1.00-$2
Body wash-- $1.50
Diapers $5
Awesome! Thanks for sharing your info - I added info to the WIKI.

Love the sign idea. I may do that. Like your DH idea too. ;-)

Vicki
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Quote from QsRaGirlzFriend View Post :
Well when you get as much as I do, selling it all at $1 a piece can yield you a hefty profit. The one thing I won't YS is food. I may give samples of stuff away but won't sell it.
I read in the thread on another site many people had luck selling food - cereals, canned food, condiments. The only food item I have are Glucerna bars...think there would be takers? I don't like them myself. Kids don't eat them, although they liked SoyJoy, Boost Smoothies and Zone bars. I do like the Zone bars, not the others.

Vicki
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Are you saying that people are expecting to deal and haggle you down if you have 10 items out vs. 3? If you have 3 items out they are more likely to buy it at your price? The way you say more willing to deal can be read two ways...just clarifying. I appreciate your input. ;-)

HAVE YOUR RECEIPTS SOMEWHERE CLOSE BY in case you get nosey people questioning you. I have read in threads that someone had the cops called on them because some people thought she stole it all....
If people see you have 10 of something. They will think it's not moving and you will be willing to offload it at a cheaper price.

Thanks for the receipts idea. That's just plain nuts what people think. Now, if you had a load of Sudafed or something of that nature, then maybe.

I am planning a sale sometime over the summer. A question, has anyone sold the monitors? I've been just donating them to a local clinic. I'm waiting for them to say where are all these coming from?

Items that I will defiantly have will be soda & water, especially if it's hot. That's always a nice bonus. There are some people to go as far as to BBQ hot dogs. That would be just to much.
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My rule of thumb is 50% off. I do a deal on the shampoo, conditioner, body wash, lotions. Sign on the table (I do not individually mark the bottles) says 1 for $2 or 2 for $3. I sold lots at 2/$3. These are all average sized bottles. If I have larger ones I put them on a different table individually marked.

For some reason I cannot unload all of my Glade Wisp candles at $5. Gonna have to take them down in price.

I sold a boatload of the CVS perfume sets that I picked up at 90% off for 50% off the retail. It helped that the CVS price tag was still on it stating the retail price was well under the departement store price.

I get alot of hagglers, especially Spanish speaking "customers", that is when I pull out my store manager (DH) who is tri-lingual (English, Spanish & French). He gets pissed when people haggle but I pay him back in beer. laugh out loud

My last sale was not advertised, hung up signs that morning and was only open from 8-noon and my profit was a little over $500.
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Quote from MamaRo View Post :
Great idea! OP. I'm actually having a garage sale this weekend. One thing that I learned is most things should be at least prices 50% of retail (if not less) and don't put ALL of ONE ITEM that you have out at the same time (as far as stockpile items). Someone said that people are more willing to DEAL when you have MORE of something. Example: if you have 10 new "widgets" don't put all 10 "widgets" out at once. LMAO

I also advertised in the paper. I'm also trying something new. Since I have to work Friday...I'm doing my sale 5-8 p.m. and then Sat. 8-2 p.m. (Just thought I'd have no competition at 5 pm on a Friday so I'll let you all know how it works out).

Any other suggestions?

Save some plastic or paper grocery bags to hand out. People tend to buy more if they have something to carry it in.

To avoid "haggling" price, volume discount some items. i.e. Shampoo $1.50 ea or 4 for 5.

Of course you could always hand out $3 off $15 coupons as people approach your house and ask for their "garage sale bonus cards" to scan.
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I just have to say, I have been to my fair share of garage sales and I have NEVER been to one where people were selling new items, like that they had gotten out of a store, as is being discussed here. I'm not bashing it, if that's what you do, I'm just saying I've never heard of it. Maybe it's a regional thing?? LOL I just wonder what people around here would do if I had a garage sale like that.
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Anybody know what i should price beverages at..
sobe life waters
powerades
Amp energy drinks
gatorades
dasani water
dasani plus
caribou iced coffee
Tava
Can Pop.. major brand pepsi and coke
Propel
Snapple antioxidant Waters
ice mountain bottled water
maybe even the pour it yourself huge cooler of lemonade, pink and raspberry

this will be at like a yuppie flea market where they sell alot of veggies , crafts and other goods.. and i will just be selling beverages..
Im really thinking about just buying tons of redbull and sellin thm for a $1..
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