How do you guarantee your garage sale is going to be lame?
For starters, you don't start doing any prep work until the day before. That's where I am right now. Our neighborhood is having a community-wide garage sale tomorrow. I intend to participate. But, I've done absolutely nothing to get ready.
I have an idea of what I want to sell and I'll drag as much of it outside as I can, but I feel like I'm breaking every unwritten yard sale rule there is. Here's a basic list of what I should be doing:
1. Have good signs. I'm not making signs. Oops. My neighbors are having yard sales, too. I'm hoping they are going to make signs and people will wander this way. Plus, there should be a lot of traffic through the neighborhood and I'm counting on some of it making its way to our little corner.
2. Sort out garage sale items a month or more ahead of time. I haven't done this. I do have a small box of things that's been in the trunk of my van for a month or more. I collected it when I was cleaning out the kitchen and intended to drop it off at a thrift store. I never made it to the store, so it's going in the garage sale with a few other things.
3. Price everything. I'm sure going to try, but I'm realistically thinking that I'll likely run out of time to do it all. I figure I can keep pricing when the sale starts.
4. Have change. I went to the bank today and completely forgot to get change for the garage sale. Another oops. I'll have to do the best I can and hope people have exact change. If not, they can have whatever it is for free. I just want to declutter!
So, it's not likely this will be a success. But, I should be able to get rid of a few things and, from my perspective, that's a good thing.
If you want real yard sale tips, check out Having a Successful Yard Sale by the Yard Sale Queen.