Army Wives Home Deco – How to have a Garage Sale
Moving often is something that unites the real-life army wives, and we have seen moving in this summer’s Army Wives season too. If you are moving soon, a garage sale is an essential first step. Even if you are lucky enough to have movers come and pack everything for you, don’t move old things you don’t need to your new home.
An annual garage sale is a great idea for anyone. It is nice to make a habit of getting rid of things you don’t need anymore, and that gives you an opportunity to refresh your home (and wardrobe).
If you saw Claudia Joy’s moving boxes in the beginning of the Army Wives season this summer – the amount of boxes may seem like a lot, but believe me, it doesn’t even come close to reality! And I think even I need some advice from Pamela – how did she manage her move so fast? She must have had a secret garage sale to get rid of old things; she did a lot of shopping for the new place…
GARAGE SALE 101
Summer isn’t over yet and it’s a great time to host a successful garage sale and get some clutter out of the way. Here are some of my tips.
- Go through every room and look for items to sell. Usually kids love to help to sell their old things if you give them an incentive. One year I promised my kids I’d get them a backyard pool with the garage sale earnings.
- Advertise! Put an ad up on Craig’s List and in a local newspaper, and print out signs to pin on grocery-store bulletin boards.
- Make signs that make it easy for people to find your home. Put them up a few days before or, at the latest, the night before your sale.
- Price everything. Or make bins that include 25-cent items, or a dollar bin, etc. Be ready to bargain.
- Make sure you have change, especially one-dollar bills and coins. Also decide ahead of time whether you will accept checks or not.
- Get some newspapers for wrapping breakable items and plastic bags to pack items.
- Place everything nicely on tables – presentation is everything, even at garage sales.
- If you have a clothes rack, put clothes on hangers and especially if you are selling kids clothes, put clothes that are of the same size together. In other words, make it easy for people to purchase more than one item. If you have folded clothing, keep tidying up during the day.
- Be ready for early visitors and staying open for later than advertised; be flexible and remember the goal – to get rid of things!
- Get kids involved; they can host a lemonade sale or cookie sale at the same time. A great activity to do together and that actually makes it easier to keep kids occupied that day.
Good luck with your garage sale!