The Ultimate Garage Sale Tips Collection

The Ultimate Garage Sale Tips Collection

So I love going to garage sales but not for the reason you might think.  Yes I love a good bargain and yes I get super excited when I find spectacular organizing tools for cheap BUT the real reason I love to hit up the garage sales every Friday night is because it’s date night with my middle son (13).  This is something we love to do together and the rest of the family couldn’t be bothered so off my son and I go and for two or three glorious hours (I try and stretch it out as long as possible) and I get him all to myself just to chat and shop and just be.  I love every single minute of it.

As for having garage sales, I gave that up long ago.  I’ve done maybe three in my lifetime and I don’t think I’ll ever do it again. They are just so much work and I am just way too lazy. One of the things I hate the most about having a garage sale is storing all the stuff somewhere in my house beforehand. I don’t have that kind of real estate so it’s just not worth it to me. Once I decide to get rid of my stuff I just want it gone (which is why I purge weekly), I don’t want to have to see it again and have it play with my emotions. Blech. The other thing I can’t stand is the haggling over a 5 cent item. Forget about it. I.Just.Can’t.Do.It. I live in a small community and the return really doesn’t justify the work involved. Well except perhaps for the time I had my “no more babies” garage sale. I found out baby stuff tends to sell well. I also later found out I wasn’t done having babies. Oops!


However if hosting a garage sale is your thing, don’t let me stop ya, here are some great links to help you have a really successful sale.

Hosting a Garage Sale:

Garage Sale Tips for the Non-Garage Saler

10 Tips for Having a Successful Garage Sale

Garage Sale Sign with Free Printable + Yard Sale Tips & Tricks

How to Have a Successful Yard Sale + Adorable Free Printables

How to Have a Very Successful Yard Sale

Hosting a MORE Organized Garage Sale

10 Tips for Having a Killer Garage Sale

An Organized Garage Sale

Garage Sale Tips & Tricks

Garage Sale Checklist – Free Printable

Best Practices to Having a Garage Sale

An Organized Garage Sale

Garage Sale Income Tracker Printable

5 Fun Free Garage Sale Flyers

15 Yard Sale Advertising Tips

Free Yard Sale Sign Printables


Garage Sale Apps:

iGarageSale App

Garage Sale Rover

Yard Sale Mapper

Garage Sale Checkout (for when you host a garage sale with multiple sellers)

yard sale text handwritten with white chalk on blackboard

If you like going out to garage sales here are some great tips for helping you get the most bang for your buck.  It’s an art you know 🙂

Going to Garage Sales:

Garage Sale Buying Tips

Tips for Making the Most of Garage Sale Season

Tips for Going to Garage Sales

Going to Yard Sales 101

What to Look for at Yard Sales

How to Get the Best Deals at Garage Sales – Savvy Negotiation Tips

10 Tips for Successful Garage Sale-ing

Guide to Shopping Yard Sales Like a Pro

Keep Calm and Garage Sale

There you have it, everything you need to make this garage sale season your BEST one yet.  Three cheers for a bargain…whoot, whoot, whoot!!

Have fun!

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Filed under: Garage, Organizing Basics, Purging


15 Responses to The Ultimate Garage Sale Tips Collection

  1. 1
    Annie says

    Ha!! I remember the no more baby garage sale…when I got all the stuff for my baby (before I even got pregnant)! I miss our garage sale dates…funny that you guys have Friday garage sales like we do here.

  2. 3
    Garage Design Works says

    Love the should you have a garage sale flowchart – I guess it’s saying I should!

  3. 4
    Sarah @ My Love-Lee Life says

    Wow, thanks for adding me to your list of tips for going to garage sales. Way cool! Loved the flow chart and I will totally be checking out the other links for tips! Great blog!

  4. 6
    chris janota says

    The ultimate tip, I think is to sale during a city wide garage sale. There’s nothing like walking down the street going from house to house treasure hunting.

  5. 7
    Cassie says

    Great post, Laura! YAY garage sales!

  6. 8
    Janet Barclay says

    What an excellent collection – and so well organized! Of course, we wouldn’t expect anything less from you… 🙂

  7. 9
    Rashelle Isip says

    A fantastic collection of tips, there’s really something for everyone here (just like a yard sale?) 😉

  8. 10
    Paul Farmer says

    If you are having a sale then this is a must see! We used this app at our last sale and it was fantastic! Search Garage Sale Checkout. Or here is a video link from YouTube. ~ Paul

  9. 11
    Robert Connor says

    Great post Laura and we love the flow chart! Take care and have a great day on purpose!

  10. 12
    Realtors Woodbury MN says

    WOW just what I was looking for. Came here by searching for real
    estate agent

  11. 13
    Allbert says

    Wow! these are some awesome resources for getting a successful garage sale. I also did a yard sale before we moved last year and it was a grand successful.


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