5 Tips for Making Extra Cash in Facebook Garage Sale Groups

5 Tips for Making Extra Cash in Facebook Garage Sale Groups

You’re looking to make some extra cash, right? Look no further than Facebook! There are a ton of garage sale groups available for your area and the areas around you and new ones are popping up every day. So much easier than trying to organize an actual garage sale. Especially if the weather isn’t cooperating! If you’re interested in getting into selling in Facebook garage sale groups, follow our 5 tips for making some extra cash.

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7 Tips to Finding Great Deals at Yard Sales

7 Tips to Finding Great Deals at Yard SalesOne man’s trash is another man’s treasure. It’s easy to get decent deals at yard sales—but getting great deals at yard sales can take a little extra work. Here are some tips for finding your own treasures:

1) Know where to look.

It may seem like a pretentious tip, but opt to check out the sales in more affluent neighborhoods. Sellers are likely holding yard sales to get rid of items that they no longer use such as toys and clothes. Goods at these yard sales are often of high quality and are also in very good condition.

2) Prioritize moving out sales.

If you’re choosing between a moving out sale and a regular yard sale, definitely visit the former first. Sellers who are moving out of their homes are more likely to be getting rid of goods that are fairly new or are too big (or small) for their next home.

3) Keep a list (and measuring tape) handy.

Keep a list handy of things you need or want that you’d like to get at a good price, such as kitchen tools and gardening equipment. For bigger items such as couches or tables, take note of how much space is available in your home for these pieces. It helps to carry around a measuring tape in your car or bag in case you need to assess an item’s size at a moment’s notice.

4) Test your items.

If you’re on the lookout for electronic devices, it’s best to carry an assortment of batteries with you in case you want to test a gadget to make sure that it works. The same goes for other items. Always check for chips or cracks that may not be visible at first glance.

5) Ask.

Sometimes, sellers aren’t able to set out everything that they’d like to sell. Ask the seller if they’d consider selling a particular item you are looking for, such as table, bicycle or gaming console. It doesn’t hurt to ask!

6) Ask for a bulk discount.

If you’re purchasing a lot of items, ask the seller if you can have a bulk discount. Sellers are likely to give you a better deal on items like kitchenware and books if you are clearing out all their items at once.

7) Time your shopping.

Always take into consideration the time of day you decide to visit a yard sale. If you’re looking for big-ticket items such as furniture and television sets, the best time to go is early morning, as soon as the sale starts. Keep in mind that the seller may not settle for a very low price, as other buyers will likely make a better offer later on.

If, however, you aren’t looking for anything specific, show up between lunchtime and closing time to browse through the clothes, CDs and knickknacks that are likely being sold at a more reduced price. Sellers are tired and more apt to bargain, as they’d rather get rid of their items than pack them up and put them away.

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6 Things You Shouldn’t Buy at Yard Sales

yard_sale_bearYard sales are a great place to find all sorts of treasures that you need or want, as well as those items you didn’t even realize you needed or wanted. Take note, however, that there are certain things that you should never buy at yard sales. Here are some of them:

1) Car seats

It may be tempting to save some money on a secondhand car seat, but don’t sacrifice your child’s safety for a few dollars. That car seat may have already been in an accident, which can compromise the seat’s safety and reliability.

2) Helmets

It’s perfectly fine to purchase a motorcycle or bicycle helmet that is brand new. Used helmets, on the other hand, should be avoided. Like car seats, helmets are often designed to protect the owner from one accident. If a helmet is already scratched or damaged, it’s best to prioritize your safety and buy a new one.

3) Mattresses

If you’re considering buying a used mattress at a yard sale, keep in mind that you may be paying for a lot more than just a mattress—such as bed bugs, mites, mold, and even bodily fluids.

4) Shoes

Not many people realize that when worn for a long time, shoes tend to mold to the size and shape of the owner’s feet. Even if they’re the right size secondhand shoes may not fit your feet correctly, and could potentially cause blisters or knee and back problems.

5) Cribs

Cribs often face safety recalls for various reasons, and it may be hard to figure out if a secondhand crib at a yard sale is one that should no longer be sold in stores. To be on the safe side, you’re better off purchasing a brand new crib that adheres to current safety standards.

6) Hats

Hats are rarely cleaned before being sold at yard sales. These articles of clothing may contain remnants of another person’s sweat, dead skin, hair, and sometimes even lice. Is a cheap hat worth the possible headache later on?

As irresistible as it may seem to get a good deal on a particular item, always take your health and safety into consideration first and foremost. A smart shopper is a happy shopper!

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9 Secrets to Holding a Successful Yard Sale

Are you looking to declutter your home? Do you need to make some quick cash for your emergency fund or to help pay off your debts? Why not clean out your closets and hold a yard sale? Holding a yard sale isn’t all that complicated—but the task can seem a little daunting if you haven’t had one before. Here are some tips and secrets to ensuring that your yard sale is a huge success:

1) Choose the right date.

The best time to hold a yard sale is the weekend after payday. Schedule your yard sale around the first Saturday or Sunday of the month to ensure that your customers have money to spend!

2) Open early.

Most hard-core yard sale shoppers like to be there early in order to find the best deals. Be ready to open up by 6 or 7AM.

3) Hold a pre-sale for family and friends.

If you have your items priced and sorted ahead of time, then consider holding a pre-sale for your family and friends the night before your yard sale. The more you sell at your pre-sale, the less you’ll have to bring out the next day!

4) Advertise.

If you want people to visit your sale, you need to get the word out that you’re having a sale. Advertise your yard sale in community newsletters and bulletin boards, you can even list your sale for free at Craigslist. If you’re selling big-ticket items such as furniture, electronics or even your car, then you might also want to try advertising in your local paper.

5) Prepare the signage.

You’re trying to make some money and not spend it—so create simple signage for your sale with the help of old cardboard boxes and some markers. Hang them in your front yard and around busy intersections in your neighborhood. Include your address and the date of the sale.

6) Forget sentimental value.

When pricing your goods, remember that people aren’t going to pay more for something just because it has sentimental value to you. Price your things realistically according to what they’re actually worth.

7) Don’t forget the change.

One crucial thing to do on the day before the yard sale is to make a quick run to the bank (or grocery store) and get some change. Stock up on quarters, $1, $5 and $10 bills.

8 ) Get the family involved.

Holding a yard sale can be an almost impossible task if you’re doing it on your own. How are you going to manage handling the money, bagging the items, entertaining questions and keeping an eye on your things at the same time?  Ask your spouse or kids to help out.

9) Keep an eye on your cash.

As much as possible, keep your earnings in a container that allows you to keep the larger bills out of sight.  You may also want to take out the larger bills from your box and place them inside the house for safekeeping after the initial morning madness is over with just to be on the safe side.

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