7 Garage Sale Tips to Help You Make More Money at Your Next Garage Sale

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Garage Sale Tips: 7 Tips To Help You Make More Money At Your next Sale

  Are you thinking about having a garage sale, but you want it to be profitable enough to be worth it? Check out these garage sale tips that we used to help us make $913 at 0ne of our last yard sales! We were in the process of selling everything off and moving into a 5th wheel for a summer, so we had a lot to sell. Melissa and I had decided to run this sale for 3 days, instead of Use these tips to make MORE MONEY at your next yard sale! our normal one day.


While it had it’s benefits, we decided we won’t do a Sunday sale again. There wasn’t very much traffic at all and only made about $40 that day. Our thought process behind three days was that we might as well leave everything set up and hang out for a couple days. We thought it would sell more and make more money. It’s a lot of work to set up and take down a garage sale, and it usually takes us longer to set up than we think it will.  We figured this would make the efforts worthwhile, and overall it did.

The Profits

The breakdown of profits for each day was: Friday: $190 Saturday: $680 Sunday: $43 Clearly Saturday was the best sale day, but almost $200 for Friday wasn’t so bad either. Sunday’s sales were pretty low and we will just stick to Friday and Saturday from now on.


We didn’t have a lot of high priced items at this sale either, like we had in the past. We sold one china hutch for $100, but most everything else was the $5-$15 range, with a bunch of $1 items sprinkled in.

Here are my top 7 garage sale tips to make the most money at your next sale!

1. Gather Your Sale Items Beforehand

While this seems logical and shouldn’t have to be added to the garage sale tips list, sometimes people wait until the last minute (*cough*). If you wait too long, you won’t end up putting out as much merchandise as you planned to. I know this is my case sometimes. My intentions are to have a huge sale with a gazillion things.


I don’t leave myself enough time to go through them and see what I want to sell and keep. (This happened at this sale too, time just gets away from me!) Check out this garage sale advice Melissa uses. She has several boxes labeled eBay, Yard Sale, Donate, Keep, and Trash. As she goes through an area of the house, she picks up the items and puts them into the correct box.

2. Price Everything

It can be kind of a pain to put a price on everything, but it can make a big difference in your sales. Some people don’t like to ask prices and might not purchase your items if you don’t have them clearly marked. They might want to make an offer, but don’t know where your starting point is so they may just pass it up.


Having prices marked also saves you some time on the day of your sale. This way you don’t have to tell every single visitor what a certain item costs. Florida is often very humid so our little stickers were flying off of everything so it seemed like nothing was marked. Melissa found some address labels in the office that worked so much better! They stayed on and also left enough room to write something if needed. These labels were 10x better than the little garage sale stickers that are available.  These labels are a real garage sale help.

3. Sell Your Friend’s Junk

It’s true that garage sales can be work, which means not everyone wants to put in the effort. Some of your friends may want to take advantage of your garage sale and put out their stuff too. One of our friends had some stuff to sell, but had to work and didn’t want to mess with it, so we made a deal. He dropped off his stuff, we got an idea of what he wanted to get for it (mostly he just wanted it gone!), and then we split the profit with him because we took care of the sales.


We made $160 at this garage sale because of his stuff that he brought and we sold. Definitely worth the effort of selling it for him. Sometimes friends will want to join your sale, which is a great idea too! I wouldn’t charge any money to a friend who brings their stuff, sits there all day and sells it themselves. They are just making the sale bigger which is always great to encourage more customers.

4. Use Great Signage

You can be all set up for an awesome sale, but if nobody knows about it than you won’t make any money. One of the top garage sale tips is to have great signage. It is recommended to make 6-8 to put out on various corners surrounding us. We are located on a little side street, but not far from a couple busier roads, so we place signs on those roads to get attention.


For this sale we wrote “Huge Moving Sale”, because we were moving in a month or so into our 5th Wheel, and moving sale usually grabs attention. We usually write “Huge Yard Sale”. If you are doing the sale with any friends, “Multiple Family Yard Sale” is another great one for people to know it is a big sale and they should stop by! garage sale tips We also like to use something to grab attention from the road. This time we used pinwheels that spun with the wind, and we have previously used balloons and tied them to the signs. Whatever you can do to get some extra attention to your sign. garage sale tips Of course you could always use something more interesting like one of these signs:       You have to admit, those are all pretty great! And if you can get the attention and the traffic from them, then it’s worth it!

5. Post Your Garage Sale Online

This also goes along with getting people to your sale so you will make some money! We have had good success posting our sales in Facebook yard sale sites and also on gsalr.com. Facebook reaches a lot of locals if you are in a good local group. The one downside about is people will start commenting about different items that they are interested in and may want you to hold them.


If you are busy at your garage sale you don’t have a lot of time to respond to them. We won’t hold any items for anyone on yard sale days. They have to make it in person to buy the item if it’s still available. One benefit though is that you can go back after the sale is done and see if anyone has commented on items you still have available. Then you can sell them even after your garage sale is ‘closed’. This was some great garage sale advice that I got years ago and I always do it.

6. Stay Organized and Use Tables

Having an organized sale is one of our top garage sale tips. Your potential customers may not even know you have an item they want if they have to sift through piles of stuff on blankets. We like to borrow a couple tables from our friends because it make a huge difference. Your customers can see your items better when they are brought up to waist height, and will notice more things that they want to purchase than if they were looking at the ground. garage sale tips garage sale tips Here is an example of unorganized chaos. Ha! We had one blanket set out where we had a couple of baby items, but our oldest daughter kept bringing out all of her stuffed animals to play on it. It was a mess and looked so unorganized. No one even really looked at that blanket, so we ended up putting things on the table after we made some more room. garage sale tips It’s also good to put like items together, and even group things together that are the same price. Melissa put a price list out for her clothing table so people can see what everything cost. garage sale tips We also had a $1 table and a $0.50 table.garage sale tips

7. Have Refreshments

Having refreshments may sound a little over the top, but it doesn’t have to be difficult to do. Since we live in Florida, more times than not it’s warm out and we like to have cold drinks available for purchase. We keep water and sodas in a cooler with ice, so anyone who needs a pick me up can buy a nice cold drink.


This could be another way to make some money, but we don’t usually make much on refreshments, we just find they are nice to have for your customers. (The bounce house in the pic below is for our kids and other kids to play on while parents shop.)   garage sale tips We have done cookies and brownies in the past, but those take a little more work to bake and then wrap in a single serving. For this sale we had planned to break out the cotton candy machine (a favorite on my garage sale tips list), but since it was so humid we decided to switch it up and made snow cones instead. It was a fun little treat for everyone to have. My niece manned the snow cone machine and she had a great time being in charge of it.


Melissa actually made these healthier snow cones by using her natural electrolyte mix (similar to gatorade, but no artificial colors or flavors) for the flavoring instead of syrup. They were a delicious, hydrating treat. garage sale tips

Clean Up

Clean up after a garage sale is never fun, but that time wasn’t so bad because pretty much everything got loaded into the trailer to donate. One pile (of baby items) was going to our church for a new mother, and another pile was being donated to a local thrift store that is attached to a community outreach center.  We only saved a few items to post on eBay, because we knew we could still sell them on there pretty easily for more money. Here are the piles we had left to donate: garage sale tips garage sale tips

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Robert Stephenson

I grew up in Central Florida and have lived here my whole life. I first got into buying and selling items when I was 16 years old, and have been hooked ever since. It has mostly been a hobby that makes some extra cash, but sometimes it serves as my main income as well. I don't plan on stopping any time soon. I find too many fun toys for my family (or myself), and just love the whole process.

12 thoughts on “7 Garage Sale Tips to Help You Make More Money at Your Next Garage Sale”

  1. At the last day put empty box’s the same size and make a sign that reads Fill a Box for twenty dollars to the top anything you are giving it away anyway at the end 🤗

  2. Thanks for all the advice, I love it. I plan to have a IN HOUSE YARD SALE SOON and I’m going to add a catchy fraze to my signs, since I love frog’s and toads I’ll do a sign that says FROGGY “IN HOUSE” YARD SALE HERE!!! Can you help me with something more catchy with toads and/ or frog signs. How does TOAD SALE HERE, SOUND? THANKS CAROL S.

  3. I used 99% of these tips. Sold on Friday and Saturday.
    The sale was to raise funds for a community service project.
    Combining several families donations and renting space at our local Historical Society Farm Museum for the annual U.S 12 yard and salvage sale.
    -( Longest yard sale ) [ from Detroit to Chicago ]
    Grand total $1,081.93
    Thanks for the great tips and with your help we will be helping to make a needy families’ Holiday so much brighter!
    One thing we did that helped enormously; we had two tables of tools right near the entrance to our booth with a gentleman stationed there to help “bundle” or just visit.
    Since sometimes men do not like to go to yard sales, this helped to draw them in, while the spouse wandered through the rest of our offerings. By the end of our sale- one table of tools was gone and only three larger tool sets remained on the other!
    We were also able to offer a free cold bottle of water with every purchase.

  4. SMILE! I hate going to a yard sale and everybody looks cranky or else they ignore you! Make your visitors feel welcome!

  5. I grew up in the Northeast, where garage sales on Saturday AND Sunday, were the norm. Now living in Central Florida, I find that many people prefer Fridays and Saturdays. The last Garage sale I did, here in FL, we made almost $1K for the weekend. We had some higher priced items like a vacuum and furniture, as well as garden equipment. We laid everything small, out on tables. The only things in boxes were “freebies”, which oddly enough, did not go over well. In hind-sight, I wish I were more careful about the small items, like the jewelry and collectibles. Some of these items happened to walk away. And, while they were not really expensive, losing 8 or 10 items, to theft, is disheartening.

    The night before the sale, we priced everything and layed all the items out or hung them up in the garage. Then, we took a video of EVERYTHING. Every table, every hanging item, every item in a box. It gave us a reference of what we were selling so we could match it up to our records at the end of the sale.

    My son was young, so we put him in charge of refreshments (so what if he lost 50 cents, here or there, he was learning and experiencing the art of selling). But, he had the cute factor, so people just didn’t take advantage of him.

    We had tents up and down the drivway, near the pricier items. It’s hot in FL! This encouraged people to linger in the shade of the tent and (maybe) buy a few more items from those tables. We also played soft music on the 2nd day, because it was awkward the first day when there were just 1 or 2 people milling about. My husband is a great salesman, so he did a really good job with deals and “bundling” multiple items. He also was very diligent about recording each sale.

    A few things to remember to have on hand: LOTS of $1’s and $5’s. We had signs up that said: “no bills over $20 accepted” and “all sales final”. We also kept a bunch of dollar store batteries on hand-to test items- as well as an extension cord. Shoot, we even had a piece of carpet to test the vacuum on!

    We’re planning another sale in a few weeks. Since we don’t have alot of big ticket items, we asked a neighbor join us with her furniture items and other pieces. It just makes it look bigger. 🙂

    1. awesome Cindy! Sounds like you guys are professionals! We are in Central Florida too- and the Friday Saturday thing seems to be the most popular. Great tips on the $1s and $5s handy. We keep an extension cord handy too so people can plug things in. Good luck on your next sale! Keep us posted how it goes!

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