Opening Hours

Monday - Friday
7:00am to 5:30pm

WM Waste Mobile Logo
Home > resource-centre > How to have a garage sale

How to have a garage sale

Blog Post Image

Everything you need to know to organise a successful garage sale

Thinking about having a garage sale? Whether you're aiming to declutter or raise a little extra cash, a garage sale can be a fun and rewarding experience. Not only can you clear out unwanted items, but you can also meet your neighbours and make a few bucks in the process. 

Plus, WM Waste’s hard rubbish skip bins can help you deal with anything that doesn't sell. Let's dive into the nitty-gritty of planning a successful garage sale.

Planning your garage sale

  1. Choose the right date and time
    • Best days: Saturdays are usually the best bet, but Sundays can work too.
    • Weather considerations: Avoid rainy days and holiday weekends.
    • Time of day: Start early, around 7-8 am, to catch the early birds.
  2. Gathering and sorting items
    • Declutter thoroughly: Go room by room, attic, basement, and garage.
    • Categorise items: Group similar items like baby clothes, kitchen items, and furniture.
    • Clean and repair: Ensure items are presentable and in working condition.
  3. Creating a checklist
    • Pre-sale tasks:
      • Set up tables, racks, and displays.
      • Prepare and attach price stickers.
      • Arrange items attractively to draw attention.
    • Essential supplies:
      • Cash box for all the cash transactions.
      • Plenty of small bills and coins for change.
      • Snacks and drinks for you and your helpers.
  4. Setting up for the sale
    • Display strategy:
      • Place larger items like furniture near the entrance.
      • Group similar items together for easier browsing.
      • Use tables, racks, and bins to keep things organised.
    • Comfort and convenience:
      • Set up a comfortable seating area for yourself.
      • Ensure you have shade or cover if it's a hot day.

Do I need a permit for a garage sale?

Check your local council’s regulations. Some areas require a permit for a garage sale, while others have specific rules about signs and advertising. A quick call or a visit to the council's website can save you from potential fines.


Advertising your garage sale

You can’t have a sale without buyers. Naturally, you’ll need to advertise your garage sale. 

Start with online platforms like Facebook Marketplace and local community groups. Post details a week in advance and remind people the day before. Use eye-catching signs with clear directions to your sale location. Place them at major intersections near your home.

Selecting garage sale items to sell

What not to sell at a garage sale

Avoid selling items that are illegal, unsafe, or broken beyond repair. Highly sentimental or valuable items might be better suited for other selling platforms like eBay or specialised collectors.

How to sell furniture at a garage sale

Furniture can be a big draw. Place larger items near the entrance to attract attention. Be prepared to negotiate, and if someone buys multiple pieces, consider offering a bulk discount. Clean and polish your furniture to make it more appealing.

How to price items

Research typical garage sale prices and aim for about one-third of the item's original price. Use price stickers for clarity and ease. Bundle small items together to move them faster. Remember, the goal is to declutter, so price to sell!

The garage sale day

Setting up and running the sale

  • Early setup:
    • Begin setup early to be ready for the first shoppers.
    • Arrange items by category for easy browsing.
    • Place high-interest items (e.g., furniture) near the entrance.
  • Sales tips:
    • Keep your cash box secure, and always have plenty of small bills and coins for change.
    • Be friendly and ready to haggle—it’s all part of the fun.
    • Offer refreshments like lemonade or cookies to keep people around longer.
    • Create a welcoming atmosphere with music and a cheerful attitude.

Garage sale tips

Here are some valuable tips to make buying easier for your garage sale shoppers:

  • Organise by category: Group similar items together, such as kitchenware, baby clothes, and books, so shoppers can easily find what they’re looking for.
  • Clear pricing: Use large, easy-to-read price stickers on all items.
  • Create signage: Place signs around the sale area to indicate different sections (e.g., “Furniture,” “Toys”).
  • Accessibility: Ensure all items are easily reachable and not piled too high.
  • Provide bags and boxes: Offer bags or boxes for customers to carry their purchases.
  • Test station: Set up an area where buyers can test electronics and appliances.
  • Easy checkout: Keep a cash box with plenty of small bills and coins for change.
  • Comfort: Provide seating and shade for shoppers who want to take a break.
  • Advertise discounts: Clearly mark any bulk deals or special discounts to encourage purchases.
  • Refreshment stand: Offer drinks and snacks to keep shoppers around longer and more comfortable.

By following these tips, you'll create a smooth and enjoyable shopping experience for your garage sale visitors, increasing your chances of making more sales.

Are garage sales worth the effort?

Absolutely! A well-planned garage sale can be both profitable and enjoyable. Set up early, and have everything ready before the first shoppers arrive. Arrange items attractively and create a welcoming atmosphere. Offer refreshments like lemonade or cookies to keep people around longer. Be friendly and ready to haggle — it’s all part of the fun.

What do you do with what you can’t sell?

After the sale, you’ll likely have some items left over. This is where WM Waste’s hard rubbish collection service comes in handy. Schedule a pick-up for the next day, and we’ll take care of the unwanted items. It’s an easy and environmentally responsible way to deal with leftovers.

Order A Bin Online
Order A Bin Online thumbnail
Skip the queue and order one of our wide range of industrial bin and skips online
Order A Bin Now
Where We Deliver
Where We Deliver thumbnail
Because we are situated in Boronia, in Victoria’s South Eastern suburbs, pricing for our services is dependent on the distance we will need to travel to drop off and collect the rubbish skips. Enter your postcode at booking for a quote!
Have More Questions
View Our FAQs

© 2024 WM Waste Management Services | All Rights Reserved