Whether you are planning a garage sale or love to visit garage sales in search of a good bargain, you’ll want to stay top of your game so you don’t get overwhelmed with clutter.
Planning a Garage Sale
Planning a garage sale can be overwhelming, as well as eye opening to just how much stuff we accumulate. The best thing to come out of garage sales, other than decreasing the clutter in your home, is the unarguable proof that we spend too much money on stuff we don’t want or use. Garage sales are perfect learning opportunities for ourselves and kids to make lifestyle changes that are more intentional on what we buy.
- Enlist help so you aren’t doing it alone
- Have (and communicate) a plan ahead of time on what you are going to do with all the “leftovers”
- Contact charities ahead of time, such as Epilepsy Foundation and get a pick up date on your calendar
- Commit to not storing or hauling items back into your home after the garage sale.
- Consider blanket pricing (all clothes $1) or bag sales to limit the time needed to price items.
Going to Garage Sales
If you love going to garage sales for something to do, then more power to you! I love a good deal too, and it can be fun to grab a friend and a coffee and roam the city. However, don’t buy things you don’t need just because they are cheap. Clutter can add up quick.
- Make a list of items you are shopping for ahead of time. That way you’ll be on the look out.
- Set a budget and bring cash. When you’re out, stop shopping.
- Never buy something for someone else with out calling him/her first to make sure.
- If you find a “must have” sweater or purse, hold yourself accountable to getting rid of a sweater or purse when you get home. That way it’s an even exchange!