How Do I Organize A Moving Sale?

How do I organize a moving sale? Planning ahead to determine the items that need to be sold is the first step in determining an appropriate moving sale. Go through your house with a notebook, listing everything...

Go through your house with a notebook, listing everything you want to sell. Here are some of the kinds of items that are popular merchandise:

Appliances, furniture, lamps, mirrors, linens and bedding

Audio, video and photography equipment; also compact discs, phonograph records and tapes
Baby equipment and supplies; also games, toys and bicycles
Camping equipment, and lawn and patio equipment/furniture
China, glassware, flatware and kitchen utensils and gadgets
Clothes, especially for babies and toddlers
Sports and exercise equipment

Have a Garage Sale. One of the keys to a profitable garage sale is advertising. There are many sites on the Internet that offer free listings for garage sales, as well as sample signs you can use. You can also advertise in your local newspaper.

Pre-planning brings to mind details that otherwise might be overlooked in organizing a garage sale, highlighting the various steps necessary for its ultimate success. Allow at least three weeks for preparations. Check with local authorities for restrictions applying to garage sales. You might need a special permit, or be required to pay a fee or collect sales taxes. Signs advertising the sale might be limited or prohibited.

Consider a joint sale with one or more neighbors; share the work, fun and profits.
The greater the assortment of items you have to offer, the more potential customers you'll attract and the more successful the sale will be. If the sale will be on your property, let your insurance agent know, and make certain your homeowner's policy will cover any liability for injuries.

To make it more convenient for customers to purchase more items, start saving shopping bags and cardboard cartons. Remember that your items should be reasonably priced, and always be prepared to bargain with your customers. One last tip -- don't forget to have plenty of change on hand!

Try Flea Markets. For a nominal fee, local flea markets are a great means for selling second-hand items. Because most markets are advertised, professional second-hand bargain hunters usually attend. Again, have shopping bags and cardboard cartons on hand for your customers' convenience and don't forget to have plenty of change on hand!

Online Auctions. If you have something that you think would be of great value to someone else, a great way to earn extra money is by selling your unwanted goods online. When you use online auctions, you are given the opportunity to showcase your items for sale to the world, not just your own neighborhood. Contact the individual auction site for specific details on payments and requirements. Take extra time to properly describe your item and include a good quality photo to increase you chances of selling. Be sure to play up any offbeat merchandise that might intrigue and attract shoppers. Most online sites allow you to specify that the purchaser must pick up the items themselves - saving you even more time and money!

Second Hand Stores and Charity Stores. Consider donating any leftover items to charitable organizations such as Goodwill, the Salvation Army and children's homes. They generally give a receipt for donations so the value can be deducted on a donor's income tax return. Or, contribute leftovers to church rummage sales, resale shops, schools or community centers. Make a quick phone call first to make sure they can accept the items you have left.

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