Tips For Planning A Garage Sale

by Valerie, Mom Knows It All

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If you’ve decided to have a garage sale you can’t necessarily just have one. Here are some tips for planning a garage sale that you should know about.

Tips For Planning A Garage Sale

Yesterday I shared how garage sales are a great way to declutter and make some cash. If you’ve never had one you may be wondering what’s involved. I’m going to be sharing that with you today and over the course of the next few days.

The first step in preparing to have a garage sale is to be sure to check with your town regarding laws and regulations of garage sales. You’ll need to know if you need a special permit, and if there are any other local laws you need to be aware of.

Here are some of the questions you’ll want to have answers to before you start planning a garage sale.

Is a permit required?

How much does a permit cost?

How long will it take to get a permit?

For how many days is the permit good?

What are the rules for rain dates?

Are there any restrictions on how long you can remain open?

What are the restrictions on the size and number of signs you can put up promoting your sale?

Can you post flyers? If so, where can you post flyers? Where can you not post flyers?

You should also check with your neighborhood or homeowners association, should you happen to live in a managed development. If they approve of you having a sale of used items, then you can move forward.

Once you know you have the approval, you can comfortably start pulling things out of storage and begin organizing a garage sale. While this legwork may seem tedious or unnecessary to some, it’s worth making the phone call and spending the time rather than receiving a fine for having a garage sale without a permit.

If you like this post be sure to check these out!

Garage Sales: A Great Way To Declutter And Make Some Cash

How To Market Your Garage Sale

Tips For Planning A Garage Sale

Garage Sale Pricing Tips

You can make some money and declutter your life by having a yard sale. In coming days I’ll be sharing more helpful information that can help you prepare for your garage sale so be sure to check back.


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10 comments

Pat. July 10, 2018 - 1:57 pm

Consider rain and rain date and bulk junk days as you plan.

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Neely Moldovan July 11, 2018 - 12:12 pm

When I was growing up we had TONS of garage sales but there are so many neighborhood rules for them now!

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christine July 11, 2018 - 1:12 pm

We love a good garage sale. It’s a great way to get rid of kid stuff. I always let the kids keep the money they make on their items as incentive to part with them.

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Joline July 11, 2018 - 4:50 pm

I never really thought about asking for a permit. We just moved to a new city and that’s something we definitely need to look into!

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Brandy July 11, 2018 - 5:54 pm

These are great tips and quite helpful as I work to plan my own garage or yard sale for the summer season. We have tons to get rid of and I am ready to get it gone!

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Peter July 12, 2018 - 7:02 am

Great tips for a successful garage sale. I live on an artery street so there is always tons of traffic. Never thought of needing a permit though

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Annemarie LeBlanc July 12, 2018 - 8:57 am

These tips will definitely guarantee a great garage sale. In the place where I live, the weather is so unpredictable. I think if I would organize a garage sale, I should check the weather or provide a tarp or tent to keep the items if it rains suddenly.

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Scott July 12, 2018 - 9:52 am

We always do pretty good about planning for them. It’s finding the room to store the piles until sale day that is our issue!

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Alicia July 12, 2018 - 4:09 pm

I love garage sales, but have honestly never done one myself before so this is helpful if we ever do one. I’m sure they take a lot of time to plan.

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Tami July 12, 2018 - 4:36 pm

Garage sales are a lot of work that I’d rather not invest in. However, with these tips, maybe I’d have better success.

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