The week before you have your garage sale or yard sale, you will want to go through all your rooms, closets, and your garage grabbing as many things as you can.  A general role is that if you haven’t used it or worn it in a year, you probably won’t use it.

Having Separation Anxiety?

I’m still holding onto things that I haven’t used in year and probably never will!

If you’re struggling with getting rid of things, ask yourself these questions…

1. Does it have sentimental value?

2. If you needed it later, how easily and cheaply could you replace the item?

3. Is it something depreciates in value every year?  If so, you will not be able to get as much money for it later as you will now.

It is very fulfilling to be able to clear out clutter, have more closet and garage space, and have made your garage sale that much more profitable!

Here are some ideas of categories of things that sell so you can start gathering…

Household Items etc

Appliances – Both large and small

Flatware – silver and stainless steel

Kitchen Utensils and gadgets

Pictures and Frames

Storage Supplies – Bins, Drawers, Shelving, etc.


Clothing etc

Clothing – Both children’s cloths and adult clothes


Costume Jewelery

Linens and Bedding








Patio Equipment

Garden Tools

Lawn Equipment

Sports Equipment

Electronics (Some sell working or broken)

Video Games and Systems

iPods and MP3 Players

Cell Phones


Desktop Computers

Flat Screen Monitors

Children and Baby

Baby Furniture and Equipment

Baby Toys – Large and Small

Children Toys

Hobby or Specialty Items





Here are some items that don’t sell very well…

Things that are outdated like cassette tapes, VHS tapes, old electronics

Household items that are old and dirty


Just because it’s no longer desirable to you doesn’t mean it’s not desirable to someone else.

You can always just pack up your leftovers and drop them off at the local Salvation Army or Goodwill. There also thrift shops or others who will come pick up items directly at your house!

So get it together, price it, (do a little research on prices if needed), and set it up nicely early in the morning. Read onto the next section… Pricing Your Garage Sale Items