We decided earlier this summer to do a garage sale. We went in on one with a few friends last year and it definitely didn't seem like nearly as much work as this one. Here's some tips I have for an easier garage sale - try to figure out which tip I did NOT follow.
1. Don't tag every clothing item: Putting a general price on shirts or pants, etc. saves lots of time and customers don't have a million tags to look at. Instead, just put tags on the clothing items that you definitely want to be more or less than your "general" price.
2. Price to sell: You don't want the items anymore. You either take the $1 for it, or let it sit in your house another year. While going through the items I had tagged for last year's sale, I couldn't believe some of the prices I had on things. At a consignment shop, yes, I might pay $5.00 for that nice sweater, but at a garage sale, I might question whether I want it or not. This year, I took all the old tags off, and dropped prices like mad! I want it gone!
3. Good signage: Make sure your signs are located well, include dates and times, are clear on how to get there, and clearly legible. If you have several signs, make them all look the same/similar; example: all neon yellow, same title, same format. Also, some realtors give out garage sale signs for free. Check in your area.
4. Do not try to put on a garage sale when you're 7 months pregnant, in August: Simply put - Do not try to put on a garage sale when you're 7 months pregnant, in August. It's too hot, and your back already hurts and will just hurt more. Plus, sitting out in the heat all day will leave you with some awfully swollen feet and ankles.
5. Let's make a deal: Put up a sign on your last day that says something like "Let's Make a Deal!" and cross out prices and mark them down. People always love a good deal but are sometimes reluctant to try and get one.
6. Donate: Whatever you don't sell, donate. Like I said before, if you don't sell it it will sit in your house another year. Remember: The point of a garage sale is to get rid of things (and make a few bucks), so do it. You'll feel better once it's gone.