Home tip: Hiring a garage sale coordinator

It used to be that homemakers were seen as less than competent or overindulged even if they hired out some of the chores many considered just part of the homemaking gig.

Fortunately, that silly stigma is changing. Busy parents hire housekeepers, gardeners and nannies. And these people don’t have to be rich to accomplish this, either. The entire concept of getting help to run the home is more accepted, even welcomed.

But what about garage sales? Most the time people are trying to accomplish two major goals when they have a garage sale: they want to get rid of stuff cluttering their home, and they want to make some cash. They sort through their own stuff, they price their own stuff, and then they sit out with their own stuff with hopes of getting rid of it and bringing in some money.

Hire someone to run your yard sale

My most recent garage sale was the most successful I’ve ever had and I am convinced it’s because I hired a garage sale coordinator.

What is a garage sale coordinator? Not to be a smart aleck, but it’s someone who organizes and manages your garage sale. They either charge a flat fee or a percentage of the sales, depending on the situation. I hired a friend who is a professional organizer. She helps people declutter their homes by either getting rid of extra stuff or organizing what they have in a more efficient manner. A professional organizer can also help you get rid of the stuff you don’t need any more, either through local charities or a garage sale.

By now, you’re probably thinking “I’m not going to pay someone out of my profits to run my garage sale.” But think of it this way. If this coordinator helps your garage sale be more of a success, would it not be worth it to pay that person a small percentage of those increased profits? I think it is!

Take my own garage sale as an example. The most I’ve ever made at a garage sale that I planned on my own for weeks was $40. This time, however, I made 4 times that. And this was a garage sale that got planned and executed in less than a week. It would have been even more successful if we had more time to plan–I’m sure of it.

One note: I often get messages from people who say they can’t find someone who does this kind of thing. Ask professional organizers or space organizers. They often offer garage sale coordination as a side service. 

A few other tips for a successful garage sale:

  • Get more families involved. Multi-family garage sales always attract more people because they are bigger and have more variety
  • Advertise well
  • Learn your city’s ordinances about garage sales BEFORE the sale so you don’t get in trouble. Each area is going to have its own rules on signage, permits, etc.
  • Have something else there to offer besides just the treasures you’re selling. This could include Kool-aide or water, or even have a music playing to lighten the mood.
  • Have an outlet available if you’re selling electronics. This way you can prove the stuff you’re selling works.

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2 Responses to Home tip: Hiring a garage sale coordinator

  1. Elizabeth Phillips August 28, 2012 at 06:50 #

    I found out today I’m terminally ill and I need info on getting rid of a lot of stuff. can u help me?

  2. Jamie August 28, 2012 at 07:08 #

    Elizabeth, I’m so sorry to hear this news. Where do you live? Are you in Northwest Arkansas? I would suggest deciding what would be the best financial decision for you that is the least amount of stress. Does this mean a garage sale? I strongly urge a garage sale coordinator. If you are local to NWA, I used Simply Serenity.

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