Tuesday, 29 September 2015 17:39

Clean House Before a Move: Garage Sale Pricing Tips

Moving is a great opportunity to clean out your unwanted items and make a buck on the side. However, pricing garage sale items can be a tricky business.

The ultimate goal of a yard sale is to get rid of unwanted items, not necessarily to turn a high profit. Garage sale shoppers tend to be looking for a bargain, so pricier items don't sell. It is best to leave higher priced items to eBay or Craigslist. For everything else, here's a guide to garage sale pricing.

Price Tags

Pricing every single item can seem like a hassle, but it is well worth the extra effort. Not every yard sale shopper will speak up and ask questions. Some will be shy, so if something is unmarked, they won't ask for a price and will leave without buying anything. Also, most people are not comfortable with haggling over price. More likely, only about one-third of your customers will attempt counter offers.

Not sure on how to make a price tags? There is a variety of ways.

  • Print them from an online resource, such as Household Tips
  • Use a Microsoft Word template
  • Make labels by hand
  • Use blue painter's or masking tape and a black Sharpie. Place the tape on the back or bottom of each item. Painters tape is removable, so long as you do not leave the tape on for more than a couple of days.
  • Go to the dollar store and get white labels.

Pricing Items

Now that you have your tools to make price tags, price your items.

  • Clothing - $0.25 - $5.00
  • Children's Clothing - $0.25 - $3.00
  • Shoes - $2.00 - $5.00
  • Jewelry - $0.50 - $2.00
  • Books - $0.10 - $1.50
  • Magazines – Less than $1
  • Electronics - $3 - $30
  • DVDs - $1.00
  • CDs - $0.50
  • Kitchen Supplies - $0.30 - $4.00

For a more comprehensive list, visit the Garage Sale Pricing Guide.

And remember to have plenty of change on hand the day of your yard sale. Go to the bank and get a roll of quarters, a dozen five dollar bills, and at least twenty-five dollar bills. Having correct change on hand will make things less stressful for you and your yard sale shoppers.

Happy selling!