Checklist Garage Sale

Want to have the most successful garage sale? Let this checklist be of help to you.


  • Do a thorough spring cleaning.
  • Sort for unwanted items.
  • Price all your items.
  • Pick the best date and time for your sale.
  • Set up an alternate date (in the event of rain).
  • Research all the community rules.
  • Arrange post-sale charity pick up.


  • Prepare your ad
  • Give the address and hours of the sale.
  • Place your ad on local newspapers.
  • Use free garage sale “advertising” sites.
  • Put up flyers on local community boards.
  • Inform your family, friends, and neighbors.
  • Make sure items are cleaned and repaired.
  • Make your signs are put up.

Sale Day

  • Set up your tables
  • Amp display areas with proper lighting.
  • Make displays attractive and interesting.
  • Put away pets that may cause distraction.
  • Set up a “freebies” box for give-away items.
  • Get refreshments ready.
  • Get checkout desk area ready.
  • Put up signs.
  • Label all items use self-adhesive price tags.
  • Make sure your house is locked.
  • Open the gates/door for the sale.
  • Greet all customers
  • Wear a friendly smile.
  • Sell!

After the Sale

  • Remove neighborhood signs and advertisements.
  • Repack and store unsold items.
  • Throwaway items with no further use.
  • Count your money and be happy!

It is really simple. Just make sure that you follow our tips to the last one. This is the best way to have a great garage sale any day.

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