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How To Hold A Garage, Yard Or Tag Sale

Supplies You Will Need On Hand For A Successful Garage/Yard Sale

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According to Lizz of, you'll need the following supplies:

  • Lots of signage (big, bold lettering)
  • Balloons & Streamers (hang them high enough so people can clearly see your house is having a sale when they’re driving by)
  • Waterproof black marker or sharpie, masking tape or sticky labels (to price things)
  • Clean plastic grocery bags, stack of newspapers, smaller boxes (to offer buyers with large or heavy loads)
  • Clean tablecloths, sheets (to lay across the tables and on the ground to lay items on)
  • Measuring tape (to enable customers to measure furniture or shelving, etc.)
  • Coin wrappers – you’ll need these at the end of the day to wrap all the change you collected
  • You’ll need a big thermos of coffee ready (for you) and lots of beverages chilling–you’re going to be hot and thirsty throughout the busy day
  • Calculator (just in case you need to tally purchases)
  • Pad of paper – sometimes you’ll receive an offer for a large purchase that you don’t want to commit to (it’s lower than you hoped). You can offer to take the person’s name & phone number and call them the next day if you decide to sell it at that price (this gives you the day to try for a better price)
  • Lots of tables, clean blankets or sheets to display things in, big boxes to hold the toys and stuffed animals
  • Have an extension cord handy to plug in any electrical items being sold, and an assortment of batteries to test items. Some people want to test and make sure the item works before buying. Use the outside electrical outlet–do not let people in your home!
  • Fanny pack to hold the money (do not use a cash box–too easy to grab and run and too awkward to hold all day).

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