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vfnelson2 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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#16
Quote from camalott4 View Post :
How long did it take to build your stockpile/how often do you have a sale. I have been doing this for maybe 5 weeks give or take and have about 1400 items for sale now. My problem is I am allowed 1 garage sale every 6 months. Total fail. I am having one this coming weekend so I can get an idea of prices, traffic, and what is hot/not to concentrate on the future. With wags limiting people to 4 coupons now and publix 10 items a week it will start getting difficult to stockpile.
My last sale was in September 2010...I am in MI so I don't sell during the winter. I also had some foot problems which had me laid up for 8 weeks so i didn't get any shopping done for about 2 months. I used to do sales frequently at my house but I got tired of setting the stuff up in my garage. Those always do pretty good (maybe 700 for a short day) but since i have been doing these citywide sales I find it is much easier to just set up a couple times a year so my garage doesn't have prodct in it all summer long. I will do at least 1 more citywide sale this summer and one more in September. I tend to build a lot of stock in the summer (work for the schools so I am off all summer), than I do from September to May.

Keep in mind that while you might get a pretty good idea of some of the hot/not sellers, it also tends to change at different times of the year. Air Fresheners sometimes sit and don't sell at all and then I will have a sale and they fly out the door. Last time I sold out of J&J within hours and this time I sold about 1/2 of what I had. I guess my point is that just because something isn't moving to well this time. doesn't necesarily mean it won't sell next time (or vise versa).
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Hey all!!

I am going to be having my first GS in a couple weeks and would love to know any tips/advice for the first one, i am so excited and a little nervous Smilie ....I am getting things together now and will start pricing them this week.

thank you all!
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Hey all!!

I am going to be having my first GS in a couple weeks and would love to know any tips/advice for the first one, i am so excited and a little nervous Smilie ....I am getting things together now and will start pricing them this week.

thank you all!
Don't be overly conscious about what people think, and have fun.

Also, have what you are going to tell them ready b/c you will be asked. "Did you buy a store?"

Also, decide if you are going to offer discounts to those who ask or tell them no, you will be asked. And don't initially price too low. Don't be a dollar store, you underestimate yourself greatly!

Have great, readable signage. Find out where people get their gs info from and advertise there, no matter if it's $20 or free.
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I'm so happy to read about everyone's sales this weekend. I did a community sale in Queens this Sat and broke our one day record with around $1200. Didn't think it was going to be so high. Morning was so slow, it got busy after 1pm unlike gs- ing. There were also two other Sellers with ds stuff, but i think we were cheaper and we obviously had a lot more stuff. Its also real stressful to sell on a NYC sidewalk very cramped and walking traffic.

Hot Sellers: cough drops $1-$1.5,
Emerson razors/ clippers $7-$8 and binoculars $5(clearances from RA),
reach crystal tb $1
Jf root $3(one lady bought 12 bottles)
H&S $3 (only had 4 but a few people asked for it)

Steady sellers: toothbrushes $2-$2.5
Toothpaste $2-$2.5
Method hand soap $2
Body wash $2.5-$3.5

Calling tomorrow to see about space at a church sale on 5/21. Still have a lot to sell
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This post is the funniest thing I've read on SD to date. Laughing so hard I could hardly breathe.

I was finally going to chime in about TLC's dumb-butt (trying to be good and not say the other word) EC show b/c people are now noticing my couponing at all the stores whereas before most people just ignore my couponing ways, but they retired the thread, anyone knows why?


Wow, 1000 toothpaste in a room dedicated to them ("and this is our oral health room" Roll Eyes (Sarcastic)), I should go watch some clips on youtube, eh? Still haven't seen but bits and pieces. I think I only have a fraction of that many toothpastes, must... acquire... more... lol

I hope he really gives as much as he says he does to the troops... wow, imagine his tax deduction on his returns... the clip says he donated $50K in products last year, I wonder if the IRS audits him.


http://www.monstersandcritics.com...ste-VIDEOS
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Quote from halokiti View Post :
I'm so happy to read about everyone's sales this weekend. I did a community sale in Queens this Sat and broke our one day record with around $1200. Didn't think it was going to be so high. Morning was so slow, it got busy after 1pm unlike gs- ing. There were also two other Sellers with ds stuff, but i think we were cheaper and we obviously had a lot more stuff. Its also real stressful to sell on a NYC sidewalk very cramped and walking traffic.

Hot Sellers: cough drops $1-$1.5,
Emerson razors/ clippers $7-$8 and binoculars $5(clearances from RA),
reach crystal tb $1
Jf root $3(one lady bought 12 bottles)
H&S $3 (only had 4 but a few people asked for it)

Steady sellers: toothbrushes $2-$2.5
Toothpaste $2-$2.5
Method hand soap $2
Body wash $2.5-$3.5

Calling tomorrow to see about space at a church sale on 5/21. Still have a lot to sell

Congrats! Smilie I can't imagine moving stuff in NYC to sell, lugging the stuff around, etc. Kudos! Any tourist buying a binocular from you got a GREAT deal! Smilie I can see how in NYC you can sell toothbrushes $2-$2.5 and Toothpaste $2-$2.5, not around here although I usually sell brushes for $2 but this wknd I did 3 for $5 also to move 'em.
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I hesitate to post my sale results because it seems so wimpy compared to some awesome totals posted (Congrats to everyone)... Mine was a garage sale, with just craigslist and email list advertising.
Sold $639 total! bounce
It started off dry, then rained most of the day, Saturday, so I know that kept some people away. Frown
I had tables set up under canopy outside and when the rain started had to rearrange to keep it dry because the wind was blowing the rain in. Did pretty good in spite of that.
After I closed Saturday, my total was $389. But one customer came near the end and asked if she could make an appointment to bring her father on Sunday. She promised he would buy a lot of stuff. He ended up with a $250 purchase! woot
Sold out:
Thermacare $2
Canned nuts $2
Hormel chili .50
Lysol wipes $2
Tide 28 load? $4
Sardines .50 (all but the soy oil sold)
Rite Aid coffee $1
Folgers coffee $2.50
Sun powder detergent 10 load? $1

Good sellers:
Sharpies double 8pack $5
Nail polish $1
candy bars .50
windex $2
goody/scunci hair bands $1
toothbrushes $1
glade candles $1
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Quote from halokiti View Post :
I'm so happy to read about everyone's sales this weekend. I did a community sale in Queens this Sat and broke our one day record with around $1200.
Quote from wheels111 View Post :
Mine was a garage sale, with just craigslist and email list advertising.
Sold $639 total! bounce
worship

Congrats to all & thanks for sharing! Amazing totals all around ... we're over $12K for the weekend now ....

and wheels ... that "wimpy" $639 is pretty darn good in my book woot
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Quote from iamnotaduck View Post :
Don't be overly conscious about what people think, and have fun.

Also, have what you are going to tell them ready b/c you will be asked. "Did you buy a store?"

Also, decide if you are going to offer discounts to those who ask or tell them no, you will be asked. And don't initially price too low. Don't be a dollar store, you underestimate yourself greatly!

Have great, readable signage. Find out where people get their gs info from and advertise there, no matter if it's $20 or free.
Thank you, how does one answer that question?? I just love coupons and almost have RA in my basement Smilie hehe
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Quote from unix_micki View Post :
Thank you, how does one answer that question?? I just love coupons and almost have RA in my basement Smilie hehe
I just tell them that I love to shop and I'm really good at it...........Big Grin
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I am enjoying all of the weekend reports and price list!! It really helps the ones who are about to do their first sale, thank you to all!
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Quote from rejoyce View Post :
Congrats! Smilie I can't imagine moving stuff in NYC to sell, lugging the stuff around, etc. Kudos! Any tourist buying a binocular from you got a GREAT deal! Smilie I can see how in NYC you can sell toothbrushes $2-$2.5 and Toothpaste $2-$2.5, not around here although I usually sell brushes for $2 but this wknd I did 3 for $5 also to move 'em.
It was not in a touristy area of NYC, people that went to my sale actually lived in the immediate area. I'm assuming people got the binoculars as a fun cheap item. For any items like that, always have one box open so people can try it out. Doing a real street fair in NYC is serious business, people make serious dough but it's highly competitive.

I used to sell the toothpaste for $1.50 each and they fly at that price, I can't get TP fast enough for all my sales so pricing it at $2+ sells just fine. If I still have stuff left for the fall sale at the same place, I'll discount it for $1.50. I also forgot, Tylenol Precise cream and patches were a steady seller at $3.50
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#28
Alright....

All that reading that I had to catch up on is all pretty amazing!!! A couple of huge 5k chunks. As, well as all of us with totals NOT enough to buy our own castle....

My weekend was the best weekend since last fall, and i sold at the indoor portion of the FM for 3 months this winter. The weather was mostly nice, and it wasn't the best oever of attendence, but it was good enough.

Did over $600 on sat and $1270 on sunday for about $1900 total.

Best seller was the 420 bottles of H&S I had. $3 each or 2 for $5. I had the same crazy vendors wanting it cheap first thing in the morning, on both mornings, but none bought at the full price, except for one. A shirt vendor bought $100 worth of H&S alone. He didn't buy to resell though. His large family uses it a lot, and he has been asking me for it for the last 6 months or so since last time.

Still have lots of stock in the rental shed at the FM, so I am hoping that the weather finally stays consistantly nice, so we can get the stuff sold. It's been holding back sales something bad.
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Quote from jokesbyjen View Post :
Okay, the pricing round up. If you quote this, be sure to SNIP it! wayyyy too long to reply to without editing! LOL

So it really is astounding as to what sells at one sale, and doesn't at another. I definitely learned that PLACEMENT on the table is key. Our makeup was always a kind of slow seller for us, so I took the risk and used a good chunk of table space to display the makeup in little plastic shoebox totes right in the front... SOLD OUT of nearly 80% of our makeup. Crazy, just crazy.

Sold out:
Noxema, Flex4, Comfort 3 razors: $3
Goodlife cat food single trays 25 cents (gone in a couple hours)
Goody hair ties and clips $1
Thermacare 1 ct : $1 Thermacare 2ct : $2
Hidden Valley Farmhouse Originals Dressing- $1
KY Yours and Mine- $10 (we sold all 6 that we had!)
Oral B Vitality power toothbrush $15 (sold all 6)
Fusion Razors: $4
Schick Hydros: $4
Snuggle 40 ct sheets : $1
RA 80 ct sheets: 75 cents
A&H sheets (40ct?) $1
Big Airwick boxes freshmatics: $4
Loreal Vive $2 (shocked at this--- totally gone!)
Uncle Ben's ready rice 75 cents
Veet strips $2
Viactiv 60 ct chews $4
Crest Pro Health gum protection: $1.50
Lysol wipes $1.50
Sold all Jessie girl, NYC nailpolish for 50 cents
Kotex security tampons $2 (FLEW--- I need to stock up on these for next sale- guaranteed seller each time--- people came ASKING for them b/c they had bought previously)
Covergirl Makeup (anything $7 or more in store) $3
Covergirl cosmetics (anything less than $7 in store) $2
Almay, covergirl, etc mascara $3
Phys. Formula items $3
Sold out of ALL my hair styling products- Pantene and JF $2.50, all others $2
Gold Bond BW $2 (I was surprised, b/c the bottle looks weird and I thought people wouldn't be interested)
J&J baby: $2
Baby Magic $1.50
Trident Vitality gum 50 cents
All "register area" candy- 50 cents
King size candy bars (snickers, twix, mars) 75 cents
BC cookie Mix $1 BC cake mix 75 cents
Olay single bars 75 cents
Neutrogena single bars $1.00 (and had people asking about them once they were gone-- note to self)
Bic multipurpose lighters- $2
Desitin 2 oz $2
Biore facial cleansers $3
Sardines 50 cents
Men's body wash-- sold TONS and TONS (we also started with TONS and TONS. lol) $2 any kind
Clearasil pads and face wash $2
All shaving gels / creams: $1.50
Colgate MaxClean 6oz line $1.50
All A&D besides Right Guard $1.50 (sure, degree, mitchum, dry idea)



Great Sellers:
Renuzit cones: 75 cents
Purex Crystals: $3 (shocked, actually--- still have some left, but we sold a LOT)
Colgate Sensitive TP 6oz- $2
All other sh/cond $2
Right guard A&D (we've got a couple dozen left, but started with TONS)
Bodi Heat 3 and 4 pck $2 (sold about half, but I had TONS)
Powerbars 50 cents
Biore strips $3
Floss and Floss picks $1
BK, TGIF, Lays stacks- 75 cents
RA coffee $1.50 (sold a lot slower than the last 2 sales we had, very weird....)
TONS of toothbrushes $1 for singles, $2 for doubles (no distinction between brands). Bizarre b/c we had them in the same spot as the last two sales, but they FLEW this time, and not much at all the other 2x.

Crappy sellers:
Hormel Chili 75 cents
Ronzoni Quick Cook Pasta: 75 cents
RA invisible and gift tape: 50 cents
Tena pads $4
Afrin $2
Motrin PM and Excedrin PM for $2
Airwick Freshmatic Compact $3 (sold maybe 1/3 of what I brought)
Bengay 2 oz- $2
Old Spice body sprays $2
French's spicy brown mustard $1
KC Masterpiece BBQ sauce $1 (shocked at this one)
Vlasic relish $1 (again, shocked)
Gas X Prevention- sold ZERO $2
Lysol Neutra Air sprays $1.50 SLOW.... Airwick natural propellant sprays $1 SLOW
Maalox $2
Natrol Fish Oil $4 (shocked at this)'
RA cube tissues- 75 cents (I think this was due to where I had them placed)
Sharpie 8 packs- $4
Tabasco Sauce 75 cents
Colgate Advanced Total 4oz We have TONS and TONS left--- I'm marking it down to $1 for next time, this is getting ridiculous---- if it won't sell at this sale, it won't sell at ANY sale, we've learned that by now. I WISH I was able to stock up on the "crappy" colgate, but we weren't able to get in on the sale the last couple times they had it (we have to drive 1 hour into another state for the grocery store that runs the free toothpaste sales and were busy both weekends the sale was on. UGH)


Surprised that the box of gain powder didn't sell so hot at $4. Lowered stayfree to $1.50 and STILL have tons left. Scope Outlast moved slowly at $2.50. Big scope bottles also moved slowly at $2.50. Weird. Listerine zero moved okay at $2, but still have some left.

It seems like food products just weren't our forte this sale... like I said, each sale is different, you never know what will go one time and sit around the next. That's important to know as 1st time sellers--- don't freak and go slashing prices right away!!!!! As long as your product isn't expiring right away, wait it out a couple sales and see how it goes. Then you can cut prices as you see fit (Which is what I'm doing with this stupid free Colgate Advanced TP)

ETA: A couple pics of our setup--- it looks pretty overwhelming--- and it WAS! Took me forever to set it up this way--- several HOURS if I have to be honest. But the hardest part is figuring out how much STUFF you have to put out, how many of each product to display, and how much valuable space to allot to each thing. So you put out a bunch, then DH delivers another 10 boxes and you go "oh SHIT, I forgot about that stuff" and have to reshuffle everything, put some stuff away. It was ROUGH.
so youre basically set up in a flea market too. atleast i dont feel as wierd about it now.
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I am very excited to here that everyone has done so well this weekend. I have been doing small sales, about 2 a month, since March and have made roughly $300/sale. This weekend I had my most successful sale and earned $1100.

Now my husband can't complain about all my "stuff", since it is buying him most of his!
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