Here are a few tips to help you get started in preparing and planning for your upcoming Garage Sale. Don’t forget to look through the many other sections in the Seller Tips section, for detailed tips and training.

Don’t Go Alone

It is hard to do a Garage Sale by yourself.  Sometimes there are too many people at one time and you will need at least another person to help with other customers, especially when you have a hard to deal with customer! :)

Garage Sales can be a lot of fun, and can be a successful way to make extra cash, but they are lot of work.  The old bible verse is true “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up!”

If possible, find a friend or family member and do the sale together, you’ll be glad you did.

Note: I have been to a lot sales where there is only one person, so it can be done.  If that’s all you have, you can do it!  Just go through these tips and be prepared.

Time of Sale:

Time will vary depending on where you live and when the sun comes up.  Typically most sales will start at either 8am or 9am and go until at least noon with others going as late as 5pm.  The majority of garage sale buyers will be out on Saturday mornings, but Friday mornings can also be a successful time as well.

Time: Dealing with Early Birds

If you don’t want early birds, don’t put your sign out before your stuff is set up and don’t put your exact address.

You will get early birds.  People don’t read times, they just follow signs and the early birds know that the saying is true, “The early bird gets the worm!”.

You can put “No Early Birds” on your Yard Sale sign or ad, but it won’t stop the “Crazy” ones!

Your Items

Be Sure to Clean or Do light repairs to your items.  If they are dirty, it really knocks the value down.

If you have the original box, manual or the needed extra parts, it will help it sell much better.

During the Sale

Occasionally ask your customers if they saw your signs, so that you can make sure they are still up.

If you haven’t had much traffic for a while, you may want to have somebody go check to make sure your signs are still up.

Have back-up signs in case your signs mysteriously disappear.


If you don’t live in a neighborhood or are pretty far out from civilization, you may want to see if you can have your garage sale at and family member or friend’s house.

The more shoppers you get to your sale, the more successful you will be.

Please read onto the next section…

Finding Items to Sell at Your Garage Sale