I also moved a week ago. Because of this I decided early in May that I would have a garage sale. I set out some boxes and started filling them up with things that I had around for awhile that I didn't want to move if I didn't have to.
It was supposed to lightly rain for part of the day so I set up everything in the garage with a few boxes sitting out on the drive way.
I don't really have much furniture or extra tables for displaying items, so my husband borrowed a table from someone and the rest of the items I put on boxes or shelves.
I read up on some garage sale advice online and from other blogs. I wasn't able to take advantage of all the advice, but I did the best I could with the time/resources I had. Here is the advice I followed:
- Price everything. (Personally I get annoyed when nothing is priced and I have to ask about lots of things.)
- Use painter's tape for price tags. (It isn't pretty, but it comes off items easily and it is good if you don't have much time to make price tags. I didn't put it on older paper items like book dust jackets. I put those in plastic bags and put the tape on the bag.)
- Make simple signs with big letters and a big arrow for direction. (Who doesn't hate tiny signs that are illegible?)
- Don't use a money box - keep your change in a purse or pack on you at all times. (Probably not a big concern in small towns haha, but better safe than sorry.)
- Stay firm on prices early in the day. Be flexible near closing time if your goal is to move things out. At the very end I told people that everything was half-price. Stuff that was too expensive at 50 cents is suddenly affordable! lol (I didn't have many big ticket items - most things were $1.00).
- Greet people as they arrive and always thank them for stopping by. :)