How to Hold a Successful Garage Sale | The Frugalista

How to Hold a Successful Garage Sale

by frugalista on September 18, 2012

CraigList sent over some helpful tips for how to hold a successful garage sale using the classified site. I’ve been on purging rampage as of late, but I haven’t posted anything to sell because I tend to donate. These tips will help you get the right customer to your garage sale so that you may make extra money! Just be sure that you don’t sell any of your treasures for cheap! Don’t forget the guy who bought a $3 painting from Goodwill that was actually worth $190,000!

How To Make Extra Money Holding a Garage Sale on CraigsList

1. Write a clear headline.
Most people on craigslist are looking for something specific. Write a detailed headline for what you’re offering, and don’t YELL AT YOUR AUDIENCE or use annoying characters (*#$$+@&*&*).

2. Balance creativity with clarity in your post.
Write a clear, descriptive post about what you are selling. Include all item details and dimensions.

3. Use lists.
When posting a garage sale, list all of the items for sale in the post. Lists are also good for including details about one particular item for sale.

4. Include images.
Use your own pictures instead of linking to similar items on websites. People prefer seeing photos of the exact item for sale.

5. Price your item(s) right.
Do a bit of research to see what the market rate is for each item you are selling, and be open to negotiation and bartering.

6. Have your garage sale outdoors with family & friends.
Don’t invite strangers over when you’re alone or invite anyone into your home. Keep your doors locked as you will likely be distracted during the sale.

7. Accept cash only.
Don’t use a cash box; keep the cash on you.

8. Be open to meeting new friends.
We have heard countless stories about people meeting friends and significant others while buying/selling items via craigslist. Be friendly!

*It’s very important to take the same common sense precautions online as you would offline. Read all of the craigslist safety tips ( and familiarize yourself with common online scams (

Have you ever held a garage sale? What tips do you have? Did you make any money? Was it worth it? What’s your best garage sale find?

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