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vfnelson2 770 452 June 3, 2008 at 05:54 PM in Chat (2)
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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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Last Edited by DealNinja3000 May 14, 2013 at 11:16 AM
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 convenience. Works great for school concession stands too..


Prices here in the wiki show a range of prices SDers have gotten for each product/item.

*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 successfully sold at:

Oral Care
Toothpaste: $1.00 - $1.25 or 4/$4.00 (up to $1.50 for larger 6oz size)
Toothbrush: $1.00 (up to $1.50 for Colgate360), $1 for singles, $2 for doubles
Colgate Total 5.8oz $2, Crest w/ Scope 5.8 oz $2, Crest w/Scope 7.8oz $3 or 2/$5
Mouthwash: 50c (tiny), $1.50 - $2.00 (500 ml), $3 (1 liter)
Listerine Total Care 500ml $2 or 3/$5, Scope $2

Shampoo/Conditioner
Most shampoos/conditioners/stylers - $1 - $2 or 3/$4 or 3/$5
Larger size: $2.00 - $3.50
Dove: $1.50 - $2.00 or 3/$5
Garnier: $1 or $2
Head & Shoulders $3-
Herbal Essence: $1.50 - $2 or 3/$5
John Frieda $2.50
Pantene: $1.50 - $3.00
Suave: $.50 - $1.25
Vive Pro: $2.00 or 3/$5

Body Washes
Body Wash: $1.50 - $2.00 or 3/$5
Gillette Mens: $2.00 or 3/$5
Suave: $1 - $2
Nivea for Men: $3 or 2/$5

Cleansers, Soap, Lotions
Aveeno Lotions (Small): $1 - $2
Clearasil Products: $1.50 - $2.50
Garnier Scrub: $1 - $2 or 3/$5
Larger Lotions: $2 - $3
Olay Ribbons: $1.50 - $2.00
Lamisilk: $1.00 (wanted $2) or $3 or 2/$5
VIC 10oz: $2.00 or 3/$5
Vaseline Sheer Infusion: $1 - $3

Razors *Note - Keep this close to your check-out as these are high-theft items
Most Razors: $2 - $4
Bic Soleil Razors & Refills: $2:00 - $3.00
Disposable Razors: $3.00 - $4.00 or 2/$5.00
Fusion Razors: $3.00 - $6.00
Quattro Razors & Trimmers: $4.00 - $5.00
Schick Intuition: $4.00
Schick Razors: $2.50 - $5.00 or 3/$10
Venus Razors: $3.00 - $5.00

Medicine *Note - Keep this close to your check-out as these are high-theft items
Most Meds: $1.50 or 3/$4.00
Advil, Tylenol, Excedrin: Small box - $1.00 - $1.50, Large box - $2.00
Claritin or Alavert: $2.00, CVS brand allergy: $1.50
Theraflu/Triaminic: $2.00 - $3.00 or 2/$5
Preparation H wipes: $1.00
Visine: $1.00 - $2.50
Neosporin: $2.50 - $3.00
Band-aids: $1.00 - $1.50
Q-Tips: $2.00
Rolaids: $0.25 (small packs), $1.00 (3 roll pack)
Fiber Supplements: $2.00
Cough Drops: $1
Dayquil and Nyquil 24ct/8oz liquids $3 or 2/$5
Dayquil 40ct $5
Zantac: (8 ct.) $1.00, (24ct) $3

Vitamins
Viactiv: $1.00 - $3.00
RX Essentials or CVS Vitamins: $1.00
More Expensive Vitamins: $2.00
Benefiber powder: $1.00 - $3.00 (retails at $11 or $12)
Benefiber 16ct packets $3

Perfumes
Perfume sets bought at 90% off: $10.00

Deodorant
Most (men's and women's): $1.00 - $2.00 or 3/$4.00
Adidas: $1.50 - $2 (since it was $4.99)
Lady & Regular Speed Stick: $1.00 - $1.50
Speedstick 24/7 $2
Suave: $.50 - $1.00
Dove deo & body sprays: $1.50
Dove/Degree Ultimate Clear $2
Right Guard 4oz Gel $2

Makeup
Nail polish: $1.00
All other makeup: $1.00 - $2.00 (for those under $7) and $2.00 (for those over $7)
Foundation: $2.00 - $3.00
Eye Shadow: $1.50 - $3.00 Mascara: $1.50 - $3.00 or 2/$5
Lipstick/Gloss: $1.00 - $1.50
Mineral make-up: $3.00
Used makeup: $0.25 (you can sell anything for a quarter)
Chapstick/Carmex: $.75 - $1.00 or 2/$1.00
Nivea Lip Balm: $1.00 - $1.50

Feminine Care
Always, Carefree, Stayfree Pantiliners 18-20ct: $.50 - $.75
Tena Pads/Pantiliners: $2.00 - $3.00 or 2/$5
Tampons 18-20ct: $2.00 - $2.50
KY Jelly: Small bottle: $1.50 - $2.00

Office
Post Its: $.50 - $1.00
Pens: (10 ct.) $.50
Crayons: (24 ct) $.50
Glue sticks: (2 ct.) $.50
Glue: $.50
2 pocket folders: $.10
Scotch pop-up tape: $0.50

Paper Products
Chinet 36 ct lunch plates: $1.50 - 2.00
Hefty foam plates (24 - 50 ct): $2.00
Tissues (small cube): $.50
Viva paper towel (single): $1.00
Bounty Basic paper towel (single roll): $.50
Hefty one-zip bags (18-24 ct): $1 - $1.50
Ziploc bags (18-26 ct): $1.50 - $2.00
Ziploc containers (all sizes): $1.50
Scotties flushable wipes (40 ct): $1.50
Reynolds Alum. Foil (20 sq ft): $1.00

Baby
Diapers: $5.00, $2.50 - $3.50 (Wags)
Johnson's Buddies Soap: $.50
Wipes: $1.00 - $2.00 or 3/$5 tubs or $4.00 for 3pk refill
Huggies flushable wipes: soft pack $1.00, Hard pack: $1.50
CVS Brand Wipes: $1.00

Food Items
Cereal: $1.00 - $2.00 or 3/$5
Salsa: $.50 - $1.00
Ketchup: $.50
French's Mustard: $1
Mayo: $1.50 - $2 (Hellmann's, Best Foods, Kraft, Miracle Whip)
Lawry's Marinades: $.50
A1: $1.50
Kraft BBQ - $.50 - $.75
Jack Daniels BBQ sauce: $1
Salad Dressing: $1
Soup: $0.75 (Progresso, Campbell's Select Harvest), $0.50 (Campbell's Soup at Hand)
Quaker Oatmeal $1.50 - $2.00
Betty Crocker Frosting: $.50
Peanut Butter: $1 - $1.50 or 4/$5 (Skippy, Jif)
Jam / Jelly: $1.75 (Smuckers)
Canned Vegetables: 3/$1 (Peas, Corn, Green Beans)
Brownie / Cake Mix: $0.75

Cookies & Crackers:
Nabisco Snack Crackers (Ritz, Wheat Thins): $1.50
Chips Ahoy: $1.50
Chips Ahoy multi-packs: $2 to $2.50
Nabisco Snak-Saks: $1 or $3/4

Snacks:
Chex Mix (all varieties): $1
Cheerios Mix: $1
Gardettos Snack Mix: $1
Orville Redenbacher Microwave Popcorn 3pk: $1
Planter's Trail Mix (4oz bags): $1
Warm Delights (singles & doubles): $.50
Betty Crocker Fruit Snacks/Roll-Ups/etc: $1
Chex Mix Bars: $1
Nutri-Grain Bars: $1.50
Fiber One Bars: $1.50
Gum: $.50
Granola bars: $1.50 - $2 (Quaker) $1 - $1.25 (Nature Valley)
Almonds: $1.25 (Blue Diamond, 6oz)

Beverages:
Joint Juice single bottles: $.50
OneADay drink mix: $.50
Glucerna: $3
Boost Shakes: $3
2 liter Coke/Sprite: $.75
Apple Juice: $1 (Motts, 64oz)
Hot Cocoa: $0.75 (Swiss Miss)

Sample Size items
Any sample items: $0.25
Satin Care Shave Gel: $.50
Garnier Shampoo/Cond. $.50, maybe $.25 on conditioner
Baby Powder $.25 - $.50
Kleenex tissues 10 ct: $.25

Air Fresheners
Airwick mini freshmatic & mini i-motions: $3-$4
Airwick freshmatic & i-motions large: $4-$6
Febreze & Glade basic aerosol air fresheners: $1 - $2
Febreze Noticeables: $3.00
Glade Wisp: $3, $4
Glade Candle Oil Holders: $2.00 - $3 or 2/$5
Glade Candle Tins: $1.00
Glade candles: $2 or 3 for $5.00 (2oz), $3 (3-wick)
Glade Scented Oil Plug Ins: $1.00 - $2.00 on 1pk, $3 on 2pk
Glade Scented Oil Refills: $2.00
Glade Lasting Impressions & Sense & Sprays: $3 - $5
Lysol: $1.00 - 2.00 or 3/$5
Lysol Neutra Air: $4 - $5
Renuzit: $.50

Cleaning Items & Laundry
Basic liquid hand soap (Dial, Softsoap, Ivory): $1
Clorox wipes $2 or 4/$7
Simple Green: $1.00
Fantastik (all products): $1.50
Lysol Products: $1.00 - $2.00 or 3/$5
Scrubbing Bubbles Shower Kit: $6.00
Scrubbing Bubbles Foam Shower Cleaner (basic tall can): $1.50
Toilet Bowl Cleaning Kits: $2.00 or 3/$5
Windex: $1.50 - 2.00 or 3/$5
Lysol 4n1 spray: $2.00 or 3/$5
ALL laundry soap (32 load ): $2.50
Tide Laundry (50 oz) $4/5
Laundry detergent( others, Era, arm & Hammer, Wisk--around 33 loads) $3-$4
Laundry detergent HE( high efficiency) $4-$4.50
Laundry Stain Remover: $1.25 - $1.50 (Spray-n-Wash [Now Resolve])
Soft Scrub: $1
Snuggle: 40 Load $2 or 3/$5
Cascade ActionPacs 20ct $2 or $2.50
Finish Tablets 20/25ct $2 or $3

Pets
Cat treats: $.50 cents
Hartz dog bones: $1.25
Beggin strips: $1.50

Thanks to all for their input on prices!!

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#3511
Slow slow weekend here in Central Florida. Yesterday I brought in $680. Super slow traffic but people were dropping $30+. Today, it's even slower and people aren't spending as much.

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Hope yours does better than mine.. only sold $90 including yard sale items.
Sorry your sale didn't go well. That would be tough to only do $90. Do you have plenty of stock, a wide variety, well priced, and advertise well? I only ask because, and I don't mean to brag, but I could probably open my garage door in the dead of winter, and if I sent emails to my email list, I'd do $500.

I did okay today. About $1,200, which considering I did about the same 2 weeks ago, I was pretty happy with. Lots of shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, and really, a little bit of everything. That's key too, to have a lot of filler stuff. The items I listed are my keys, but hair ties, vitamins, pain relievers, etc., those really add up.

I had one person that bought $124 worth of stuff, and it was only 4 bags, and I thought, how did they spend that much. But it was shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, razors and bunch of other odds and ends. And she thanked ME, because she knew she had close to $300 worth of stuff.

The other thing I'll reiterate is good signage. I'll show a picture later of mine, but those have made me thousands of dollars. For 2 reasons, first, just bringing new people in, and secondly because as soon as people who've shopped with me before see those, they know what that means, time to stock up!
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The other thing I'll reiterate is good signage..
And to expand on that, this is the best time to stock up on good signage. I expect most of the political signs to be down very soon...so go grab a ton of free signs!
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Quote from mkmattingly View Post :
Sorry your sale didn't go well. That would be tough to only do $90. Do you have plenty of stock, a wide variety, well priced, and advertise well? I only ask because, and I don't mean to brag, but I could probably open my garage door in the dead of winter, and if I sent emails to my email list, I'd do $500.

I did okay today. About $1,200, which considering I did about the same 2 weeks ago, I was pretty happy with. Lots of shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, and really, a little bit of everything. That's key too, to have a lot of filler stuff. The items I listed are my keys, but hair ties, vitamins, pain relievers, etc., those really add up.

I had one person that bought $124 worth of stuff, and it was only 4 bags, and I thought, how did they spend that much. But it was shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, razors and bunch of other odds and ends. And she thanked ME, because she knew she had close to $300 worth of stuff.

The other thing I'll reiterate is good signage. I'll show a picture later of mine, but those have made me thousands of dollars. For 2 reasons, first, just bringing new people in, and secondly because as soon as people who've shopped with me before see those, they know what that means, time to stock up!
We have an apt so I didn't have tons of items, but I still think I had pretty good variety and pretty cheap prices on stuff. I think maybe yard sales don't do as well in this area because I've sold new items at yard sales that my parents have (not in the same area that I'm in) and I always made a few hundred dollars anyway. I think I needed more signs but we only had a few days to prepare for the sale so didn't get as much done as I wanted. I have everything set up indoors and I'm trying to advertise it on craigslist to get people to come buy stuff because we are moving. Hope I can sell more!
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Yes. good signage is important. But more important is that all signs are the same size, color, words, etc so customers know they are following the right signs to YOUR sale.. Do your neighors' eyes a favor, and remove some of those political signs to use in the future.
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I understand people grabbing the political signs and using those, but personally, the best decision I ever made was to get something professionally done. I've attached a picture (hopefully) of what I have. I spent $100 or so for 10 of these signs. Now when I have a sale, I just pop these up in a couple trails from main streets and lead people straight to my house.

I know some people will balk at the price and you can go a cheaper route if you want, but with these, they carry a brand identity. First, if new people see them, they think, if someone invests that much in signs, they must really have something to sale, I've got to check that out. Boom, I set the hook.

Second, people that have followed my signs before, but maybe aren't on my email list, they know as soon as they see my signs, they instantly think, oh yeah, I've got to get to that sale. If you invest in high quality signs, you'll more than pay for them. Plus, that's one less thing you have to deal with every time.

FYI, I intentionally removed my specific address from this picture.
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I understand people grabbing the political signs and using those, but personally, the best decision I ever made was to get something professionally done. I've attached a picture (hopefully) of what I have. I spent $100 or so for 10 of these signs. Now when I have a sale, I just pop these up in a couple trails from main streets and lead people straight to my house.

I know some people will balk at the price and you can go a cheaper route if you want, but with these, they carry a brand identity. First, if new people see them, they think, if someone invests that much in signs, they must really have something to sale, I've got to check that out. Boom, I set the hook.

Second, people that have followed my signs before, but maybe aren't on my email list, they know as soon as they see my signs, they instantly think, oh yeah, I've got to get to that sale. If you invest in high quality signs, you'll more than pay for them. Plus, that's one less thing you have to deal with every time.

FYI, I intentionally removed my specific address from this picture.
I have the same signs I use over and over again. White foam board, bought at the dollar tree and use black bingo daubbers to write in BIG letters "Overstock & Garage Sale" with an arrow pointing the way. I tape those suckers to lamp posts, cross walks, street signs, etc and let the customers follow the arrows. I've built up quite a customer base with the 4 sales I do in various locations every month (2 local flea markets and 2 house sales). I might not hit the $1000's every sale, but at least it keeps me from having to have a boss!
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We have an apt so I didn't have tons of items, but I still think I had pretty good variety and pretty cheap prices on stuff. I think maybe yard sales don't do as well in this area because I've sold new items at yard sales that my parents have (not in the same area that I'm in) and I always made a few hundred dollars anyway. I think I needed more signs but we only had a few days to prepare for the sale so didn't get as much done as I wanted. I have everything set up indoors and I'm trying to advertise it on craigslist to get people to come buy stuff because we are moving. Hope I can sell more!
I think that the location of your sale is perhaps holding people back. I can understand that you may not have a choice, but I really think if you are holding your sales in your apartment, well, its just different than outside in a yard or driveway. First, because people, if alone, may not feel comfortable going inside. ALso, when I have a few people on the lawn, it brings more people automatically, as those passing think....What am I missing? I hope you will be able to have outdoor sales in the future.
Good luck in your move!
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I think that the location of your sale is perhaps holding people back. I can understand that you may not have a choice, but I really think if you are holding your sales in your apartment, well, its just different than outside in a yard or driveway. First, because people, if alone, may not feel comfortable going inside. ALso, when I have a few people on the lawn, it brings more people automatically, as those passing think....What am I missing? I hope you will be able to have outdoor sales in the future.
Good luck in your move!
Thanks, I agree. The sale a few days ago was outside in the community lawn, but my boyfriend works most days and I can't drag everything out there on my own. We are also in the middle of a move, so I need to be inside packing. I've had one person stop by and bought quite a bit when I had it inside, so I'm hoping others will see stuff as they come in to look at furniture that we are selling. Hopefully eventually I'll have a house to sell more!
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Thanks, I agree. The sale a few days ago was outside in the community lawn, but my boyfriend works most days and I can't drag everything out there on my own. We are also in the middle of a move, so I need to be inside packing. I've had one person stop by and bought quite a bit when I had it inside, so I'm hoping others will see stuff as they come in to look at furniture that we are selling. Hopefully eventually I'll have a house to sell more!
We need to move before the next school year starts and the important things on my list for a new house are quite comical. I need an attached garage, ample parking, no restrictions on the number of sales per year (or at least more than 3), easy to find, near a busy area. Cool I remember when the important things were large closets, enough bedrooms and things like that. laugh out loud
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We need to move before the next school year starts and the important things on my list for a new house are quite comical. I need an attached garage, ample parking, no restrictions on the number of sales per year (or at least more than 3), easy to find, near a busy area. Cool I remember when the important things were large closets, enough bedrooms and things like that. laugh out loud
I didn't even think of that when we're moving. We are moving to Chicago and are just looking for a safe area to rent a place, but if I could have yard sales that would be great.
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I have a couple of questions about FleaMarkets.

I went to scope one out this weekend and has very disappointed in the number of buyers. It was an outdoor one and a nice day, but I am up in Ohio. Are there usually more people indoors and/or during the summer?

Also, if you do both GS and FM, do you find you can charge a little higher at the FM?
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I have a couple of questions about FleaMarkets.

I went to scope one out this weekend and has very disappointed in the number of buyers. It was an outdoor one and a nice day, but I am up in Ohio. Are there usually more people indoors and/or during the summer?

Also, if you do both GS and FM, do you find you can charge a little higher at the FM?
I'm not sure if anyone else has had this experience but if I'm set up indoors, I never do well. I'm not sure why but outside markets always do much better for me. My prices stay the same no matter where I'm at. I'm sure others here will have more info for you!
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Didn't see it listed in the wiki, but does anyone have a suggested price for Robitussin 4oz? TIA
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I have mine priced at $2. Sale is this weekend, so we'll see if it sells! (Though I don't normally have much luck with medicines)
In the dark ages, years ago, when Wags had it for a MM, I had over 200 bottles, sold out quickly at $2. Especially this time of year with colds and flu making the rounds, you should be able to move it very well hug
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In the dark ages, years ago, when Wags had it for a MM, I had over 200 bottles, sold out quickly at $2. Especially this time of year with colds and flu making the rounds, you should be able to move it very well hug
I had a really hard time moving this for some reason. I sold about 10 bottles @ $2, and 5 bottles @ $1 (last day of sale). I still have about 30 left. I was really surprised. My halls also moved VERY slowly at $1!

This sale went differently than any of my others. I ended up doing pretty well over three days, but I was surprised at what sold and what didn't. Razors barely moved, but shoe inserts flew.
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