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Garage Sale Discussion for selling stockpiles

vfnelson2 452 June 3, 2008 at 06:54 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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#3526
Quote from mikepearson View Post :
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?
The outdoor FM I go to, here in IL, runs April thru November (weather permitting), and it is definitely the busiest in the summer months. At this time of the year, there are less vendors and customers. Since I sell most Sundays at the FM, what I do when I have a GS is try to move 1) the stuff that I have a lot of, 2) the items that don't move as well at the FM or 3) items that are big and bulky (like diapers). However, we do a multi-family GS, so we have a lot of used items too and I have a limited amount of space for the new stuff. I have certain sections that I put the new items, using bright signs that say NEW ITEMS. Most things I can ask the same amount, but certain things I will lower the price on or offer multi-pricing like $2 ea or 3/$5. HTH
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Quote from CatherinewithaC View Post :
The outdoor FM I go to, here in IL, runs April thru November (weather permitting), and it is definitely the busiest in the summer months. At this time of the year, there are less vendors and customers. Since I sell most Sundays at the FM, what I do when I have a GS is try to move 1) the stuff that I have a lot of, 2) the items that don't move as well at the FM or 3) items that are big and bulky (like diapers). However, we do a multi-family GS, so we have a lot of used items too and I have a limited amount of space for the new stuff. I have certain sections that I put the new items, using bright signs that say NEW ITEMS. Most things I can ask the same amount, but certain things I will lower the price on or offer multi-pricing like $2 ea or 3/$5. HTH
What part of IL are you in? I'm in St. Louis but I'm from Bellevillle, IL. Smilie
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Quote from shig View Post :
What part of IL are you in? I'm in St. Louis but I'm from Bellevillle, IL. Smilie
That must be down in the southern part of the state? I am in the far south suburbs of Chicago.
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Quote from CatherinewithaC View Post :
That must be down in the southern part of the state? I am in the far south suburbs of Chicago.
Yep, It's about 20 minutes from St. Louis. Was hoping to have a fellow SDer closer. lol
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So I've done garage sales in the past but currently my stockpile is not big enough for me to go through the ordeal of pricing and setup....I found that there is a virtual garage sale group on facebook for my area (over 1,000 members) and I have been listing several items that sell like crazy! Just an option for the winter months. It's all cash and we meet in a public place by my work or home to do the deal.
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Quote from ladybug0915 View Post :
So I've done garage sales in the past but currently my stockpile is not big enough for me to go through the ordeal of pricing and setup....I found that there is a virtual garage sale group on facebook for my area (over 1,000 members) and I have been listing several items that sell like crazy! Just an option for the winter months. It's all cash and we meet in a public place by my work or home to do the deal.
Interesting, would love to actually see what's on sale. Is there a link you can direct me to see how they do it? TIA
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Quote from ladybug0915 View Post :
So I've done garage sales in the past but currently my stockpile is not big enough for me to go through the ordeal of pricing and setup....I found that there is a virtual garage sale group on facebook for my area (over 1,000 members) and I have been listing several items that sell like crazy! Just an option for the winter months. It's all cash and we meet in a public place by my work or home to do the deal.
Quote from 1DollarOrLess View Post :
Interesting, would love to actually see what's on sale. Is there a link you can direct me to see how they do it? TIA
Same here, would love to know more details please. I live in an apartment and don't have much stockpile to do a garage sale. Have been trying to sell some of the stuff on CL but no luck till now. If there's such a online group/place for such stuff, that would make it easier Smilie
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#3533
Hi guys! Im doing my first ever sale this Saturday. Im in So California so the weather is a bit cold but fine so hopefully it brings in traffic!

I was wondering , do you guys x or mark the UPC part with a marker on the items so they do not return or just leave it as is.

Also, how much would you sell Chapsticks for ? i have about 40 of em that i want to get rid of...
I have read through numerous pages on this thread.. for those in Socal or Norcal, im pricing everything at about 45-60% off of what Walmart would sell for. Mostly, 50% off. Will this be okay? I ask because when im reading this thread, there are people in the mid-west and such that sell for alot lower and can't get more than 40% of selling price...
Thanks!
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Quote from bmwchick View Post :
Hi guys! Im doing my first ever sale this Saturday. Im in So California so the weather is a bit cold but fine so hopefully it brings in traffic!

I was wondering , do you guys x or mark the UPC part with a marker on the items so they do not return or just leave it as is.

Also, how much would you sell Chapsticks for ? i have about 40 of em that i want to get rid of...
I have read through numerous pages on this thread.. for those in Socal or Norcal, im pricing everything at about 45-60% off of what Walmart would sell for. Mostly, 50% off. Will this be okay? I ask because when im reading this thread, there are people in the mid-west and such that sell for alot lower and can't get more than 40% of selling price...
Thanks!
I'm in NorCal. I do nothing to the packaging. Most people want to be able to continue buying the products they are used to, but unwilling or unable to spend the money they used to (or are trying to save a little). I've noticed several other sellers with the same merchandise, that will mark through the UPC or put their price directly on the product and they don't sell nearly as well as mine. My prices are sometimes a bit higher, but people don't want others to KNOW they've been discount shopping when they have people in their houses.

I sell the name brand chapstick for $1 each or 6/$5, the store brand for $.75 or 3/$2. I have a whole section of stuff in the $1 section, so they can mix and match as they want.

Most items I get half of retail, but some are more (toilet paper, paper towels, baby wipes, diapers) than half, while some are way less than half (vitamins, wellness products, suppliments). I'm also one of the few boardies that can sell my herbal essence for $3 or 2/$5 with no problem.

You might want to think about doing a Friday sale. I do much better on Fridays than I do on Sat. You can open much later (8-9), but you'll have to stay open later (7-8). but the return is fantastic for those couple of hours after people get off work.
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#3535
Also what would you price all the Free Walgreens Advil PM trial size that you guys got for free.
retail 99 cents. sell for 50 cent each? or 4 for a $1? too cheap? too much?

ALSO

Breathe Right strips trial size

Febreeze Air Effects. Walmart $2.98. Sell for $1.50 or can i push it for $2.00 ?
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Quote from justafem View Post :
I'm in NorCal. I do nothing to the packaging. Most people want to be able to continue buying the products they are used to, but unwilling or unable to spend the money they used to (or are trying to save a little). I've noticed several other sellers with the same merchandise, that will mark through the UPC or put their price directly on the product and they don't sell nearly as well as mine. My prices are sometimes a bit higher, but people don't want others to KNOW they've been discount shopping when they have people in their houses.

I sell the name brand chapstick for $1 each or 6/$5, the store brand for $.75 or 3/$2. I have a whole section of stuff in the $1 section, so they can mix and match as they want.

Most items I get half of retail, but some are more (toilet paper, paper towels, baby wipes, diapers) than half, while some are way less than half (vitamins, wellness products, suppliments). I'm also one of the few boardies that can sell my herbal essence for $3 or 2/$5 with no problem.

You might want to think about doing a Friday sale. I do much better on Fridays than I do on Sat. You can open much later (8-9), but you'll have to stay open later (7-8). but the return is fantastic for those couple of hours after people get off work.
Just wondering, are you selling the small or large bottles of herbal essences for that price? I have a ton of both and was trying to figure out how to price them. TIA
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Quote from bmwchick View Post :
Hi guys! Im doing my first ever sale this Saturday. Im in So California so the weather is a bit cold but fine so hopefully it brings in traffic!

I was wondering , do you guys x or mark the UPC part with a marker on the items so they do not return or just leave it as is.

Also, how much would you sell Chapsticks for ? i have about 40 of em that i want to get rid of...
I have read through numerous pages on this thread.. for those in Socal or Norcal, im pricing everything at about 45-60% off of what Walmart would sell for. Mostly, 50% off. Will this be okay? I ask because when im reading this thread, there are people in the mid-west and such that sell for alot lower and can't get more than 40% of selling price...
Thanks!
If someone buys it from you, it's theirs to do with what they will. I doubt most people would try to return them w/o a receipt anyway.

If I saw everything had a mark thru the upc, I would think u got them from some outlet or they were outdated or had some kind of problem.

The stores might not be happy to see us resell things, but do they mark thru upcs? No and I don't think it's a good idea for us either.
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Quote from kidleman View Post :
Just wondering, are you selling the small or large bottles of herbal essences for that price? I have a ton of both and was trying to figure out how to price them. TIA
HE shampoo and conditioner are slow sellers for me but I do eventually sell out. HE mousse and hairspray, on the other hand, fly off the table. I usually price at $2 but sometimes will go down to $1.50 if I have a lot of stock and want to move it. I had a 3 hour yard sale this Saturday (so that I could go shopping after the sale) and had a huge amount of HE. I bought most of it at a $1 to $2 profit at the BF sales on Thur and Fri. I priced at $1.50 and sold out. I'm very happy with the profit I made and my customers got a great deal. A win-win for everybody.
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Quote from bmwchick View Post :
Hi guys! Im doing my first ever sale this Saturday. Im in So California so the weather is a bit cold but fine so hopefully it brings in traffic!

I was wondering , do you guys x or mark the UPC part with a marker on the items so they do not return or just leave it as is.

Also, how much would you sell Chapsticks for ? i have about 40 of em that i want to get rid of...
I have read through numerous pages on this thread.. for those in Socal or Norcal, im pricing everything at about 45-60% off of what Walmart would sell for. Mostly, 50% off. Will this be okay? I ask because when im reading this thread, there are people in the mid-west and such that sell for alot lower and can't get more than 40% of selling price...
Thanks!
Don't mark thru the UPC's, looks really junky. As tho' it was clearanced or discarded somewhere else.
I sell Chapsticks for $1, I tape them to an index card (the colored ones we get from Wag's at Back to School time) and write price on there.
I use labels and price each and every item. Although I can't find them anymore at Walmart, I use the 3/4 by 1/2" neon stickers.
Others have given answers that would be the same as mine ........replies are for bmwchick.
Quote from justafem View Post :
I'm in NorCal. I do nothing to the packaging. Most people want to be able to continue buying the products they are used to, but unwilling or unable to spend the money they used to (or are trying to save a little). I've noticed several other sellers with the same merchandise, that will mark through the UPC or put their price directly on the product and they don't sell nearly as well as mine. My prices are sometimes a bit higher, but people don't want others to KNOW they've been discount shopping when they have people in their houses.

I sell the name brand chapstick for $1 each or 6/$5, the store brand for $.75 or 3/$2. I have a whole section of stuff in the $1 section, so they can mix and match as they want.

Most items I get half of retail, but some are more (toilet paper, paper towels, baby wipes, diapers) than half, while some are way less than half (vitamins, wellness products, suppliments). I'm also one of the few boardies that can sell my herbal essence for $3 or 2/$5 with no problem.

You might want to think about doing a Friday sale. I do much better on Fridays than I do on Sat. You can open much later (8-9), but you'll have to stay open later (7-8). but the return is fantastic for those couple of hours after people get off work.
I agree. We can't get half of what Wag's sells alot of these items that we get. I sell them for $2, $3 or $4. But, we can get $1 for Dawn, etc dish det., $1 for the Crystal Reach that my supermarket sells for $1, As you continue reading this thread, you'll get more and more of ideas of our pricing.
Quote from bmwchick View Post :
Also what would you price all the Free Walgreens Advil PM trial size that you guys got for free.
retail 99 cents. sell for 50 cent each? or 4 for a $1? too cheap? too much?

ALSO

Breathe Right strips trial size

Febreeze Air Effects. Walmart $2.98. Sell for $1.50 or can i push it for $2.00 ?
I priced the Advil PM 4ct at 50cents.
Febreze..is that the aerosol spray? If so, $2.
Quote from GoHalos View Post :
If someone buys it from you, it's theirs to do with what they will. I doubt most people would try to return them w/o a receipt anyway.

If I saw everything had a mark thru the upc, I would think u got them from some outlet or they were outdated or had some kind of problem.

The stores might not be happy to see us resell things, but do they mark thru upcs? No and I don't think it's a good idea for us either.
I agree. Looks tacky and really takes away from the value of the product.
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Quote from marciadel View Post :
Don't mark thru the UPC's, looks really junky. As tho' it was clearanced or discarded somewhere else.
I sell Chapsticks for $1, I tape them to an index card (the colored ones we get from Wag's at Back to School time) and write price on there.
I use labels and price each and every item. Although I can't find them anymore at Walmart, I use the 3/4 by 1/2" neon stickers.
Others have given answers that would be the same as mine ........replies are for bmwchick.

I agree. We can't get half of what Wag's sells alot of these items that we get. I sell them for $2, $3 or $4. But, we can get $1 for Dawn, etc dish det., $1 for the Crystal Reach that my supermarket sells for $1, As you continue reading this thread, you'll get more and more of ideas of our pricing.

I priced the Advil PM 4ct at 50cents.
Febreze..is that the aerosol spray? If so, $2.

I agree. Looks tacky and really takes away from the value of the product.
Plus................... if you ever needed to bring it back yourself in the future it would be hard to do........ like when we had the excedrine and gas x prevention recall. I imagine that cvs would have said oh this didn't come from our store. We never would have crossed thru that upc. I know........... not a likely event but I'm still buying a ton from there with my merchandise cards on gas x prevention that I couldn't give away.
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