Organize 101: May We Suggest a Garage Sale?

By: Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library
By: Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library
Cleaning and organizing is hardly a fun task – at least for most people. So, let’s rush through the dirty work, so we can spend more time on the fun stuff including garage sale strategies!

Good literature to be found at the annual book sale.

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Cleaning and organizing is hardly a fun task – at least for most people. So, let’s rush through the dirty work, so we can spend more time on the fun stuff including garage sale strategies!

But first things first: how to reclaim your closets, tables and desks, and find Zen in your home. For some titles that are organizing must-reads, , click here.

Now that you’re on the path to having a clutter-free home, let’s have some fun with the stuff you don’t want, and by fun we mean making your trash someone else’s treasure.

8 Tips for Sellers

1. Ask family and friends to help you with a sale.

2. Clean items before the sale, taking note of damaged or fragile items.

3. Advertise in the paper, online, craigslist, freecycle, yard signs.

4. Collect plenty of hangers, clothes racks and tables to display your items on.

5. Remember to get some small bills and coins to make change.

6. Check out pricing guides from the library to make sure you don’t over- or under-price items. Weed out valuables before your garage sale. Never expect to get “book value” at a garage sale.

7. Have a plan for leftover items, such as donating them to a charitable organization.

8. Make big signs or use boxes for similar items that are all priced the same.

Check out some helpful (and cool) garage sale books, , click here.


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