5 Tips For A Successful St. Louis Garage Sale

June 6, 2012 3:00 AM

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With St. Louis being a large tourist city as well as a large university city, there are some items that would sell better than others at a garage sale. St. Louis is known for the world famous Gateway Arch and of course for the St. Louis Cardinals. With the Cardinals winning the 2011 World Series, any memorabilia would surely be some of the first items to go. Memorabilia surrounding the city’s history would also be a great money maker for your garage sale. Learn how to host a successful garage sale in St. Louis with these five helpful tips.

  1. Make sure to tweet about your yard sale. With the ever-increasing use of social media, you can reach more people than ever before. Get the word out around the neighborhood as well. Bulletin boards are common throughout local coffee shops and grocery stores. Use them to hang fliers.
  2. Put up signs a week before the yard sale date providing information to potential customers. More people will show up if they can plan accordingly. Make it easy for them to attend. Also on the sale day, maximize buyers’ available time by displaying your items in an organized manner. People will not want to sift through items to find what they’re looking for.
  3. Instead of trying to price and label every individual item, place items within a similar price range on one table. Make a sign for the table with the designated amount. Also, to ensure you are maximizing your selling potential, make shopping bags or baskets available for buyers to use. If able to hold more items, then customers will buy more.
  4. It is bad practice to talk to customers as they are shopping around. However, a short and friendly greeting is encouraged. People like to be left alone to shop in peace without feeling haggled. Also, ensure you have proper change so there is no issue with check out. Buyers will turn a sale down if it turns into a hassle.
  5. If you have an item for sale that is electric, either have it plugged in with extension cords or be prepared to show the customer that it works. People are more inclined to purchase when they know the device is in working order. Offer deals to customers that buy more and make sure this advantage is understood by all who turn out. Consider including buy-one-get-one-free deals and lower prices for items bought in bulk.

Once your sale is over, consider selling or donating your clothes to one of these local organizations:

The Green Goose Resale & Consignment
5611 Hampton Ave
St. Louis, MO 63109
(314) 352-5000

Hours: Mon to Sat – 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sun – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Green Goose Resale & Consignment store is a great place to take all your leftover items such as furniture, small appliances and odds and ends.

Ruth’s Vintage Clothing
2001 Cherokee St
St. Louis, MO 63118
(314) 865-1091

Hours: Daily – 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Ruth’s Vintage Clothing is a great place to take all of your leftover and unwanted clothing and shoes. Determine what can be sold from your remaining garage sale items.

8211 Clayton Road
St. Louis, MO 63117
(314) 725-3456

Hours: Mon to Thurs – 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Fri and Sat- 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

ScholarShop supports area students through scholarship programs with the money they make. The staff consists of volunteers to help maintain this program and they run entirely on donations.

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Merlyn Seeley, author of five books, is a freelance writer for Examiner.com. He lives in the Ozarks region of southern Missouri where he and his wife raise a beautiful daughter on their 12 acre off-grid homestead. His coverage includes the St. Louis area and surrounding towns. His work can be found at Examiner.com.

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