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Spring into the Oakville Real Estate Market: Hold a great garage sale!

May 6, 2009

  Spring is definitely here – no question!  I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait to do a clean sweep through my household. With 3 kids, (4 if you ask my better half) there’s no end to the challenge of keeping clutter at bay! 

  We had a garage sale last year that was great! Everyone in the family was involved, the kids were accountable for which personal items/toys they were going to sell and we made sure that they benefited form what sold that was theirs.  They set up a lemonade stand and sold lemonade, helped sell and my son even got into the haggling with the garage sale’rs!

  In today’s society with so much exposure to material things, it’s clear that as parents we have to teach them about decisions and the realities of wanting ‘things’. Let’s face it space is prime luxury real estate.  Clutter will find it’s way into your home and with busy schedules it can easily get out of hand.  With that in mind here’s a great article I found to help make your garage sale this spring/summer fun and successful.

  Whether your motiviation is to clean house and purge in preparation for listing your home on the Oakville Real Estate market or simply to win back your space and sanity there are lots 


Hold a great garage sale!

by Chris Balicki

Canwest News Service

Thinking of turning your clutter into extra cash? Here’s a primer on holding a garage sale.

– Check out applicable bylaws and regulations. Some residents are only allowed to hold two garage sales a year on their property. If you’re planning a two-day weekend sale, that’s it for the year. Condo rules and apartment leases may restrict or prohibit sales.

– Get everyone involved. Multi-generation and neighbourhood sales are fun — and profitable since they tend to draw larger crowds.

– Get the word out. Use paid and free advertising –the Internet, bulletin boards at coffee shops or supermarkets and street signs. Emphasize big-ticket items. Mention tools and men will come running.

– Be prepared. Spend a few evenings cleaning and pricing items. Stock up on sawhorses, plywood, shelving, tables, hangers and bags. Your first customers will arrive straight from the ATM which only dispenses $20 bills. Have a supply of change handy.

– Safety first. Sports equipment and children’s gear are popular, but must have a Canadian Standards Association label. Canada Safety Council does not recommend buying or selling used car seats.

– Price it right. Ask yourself what you’d be prepared to pay. Fine art and heirlooms aside (these shouldn’t be sold at garage sales anyway), items typically sell for 10 to 20 per cent of their asking price. Items that are new or hardly used, still in the original containers with price tags attached, might garner more. Start a “free” box for miscellaneous stuff.

– Expect shoppers to haggle. Dickering at day’s end when you’re tired and fretting about what to do with the leftover stuff is easier than bargaining with crack-of-dawners. Worried you won’t get a better price? Tell the buyer you’ll accept his/her low-ball offer if the item is still unsold at say, noon.

– Display like with like. Group related articles — tools, kitchenware, clothes, toys — together. Cordon off articles not for sale; your new mower might attract bargain hunters, but you’ll soon tire of saying, “It’s not for sale.”

© Times Colonist (Victoria) 2009


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