A common thought process when it comes to hosting a garage sale is to put everything you have in the sale, and maybe it will sell. There is some logic to this, but it can also reduce your profits. So how can having more items reduce profits? Reduced profits occur because customers can’t find what they are actually willing to pay for among all of the useless junk. Here are some things that you shouldn’t even attempt to sell at a garage sale. Magazines and Newspapers You might be wondering what the harm is in trying to sell some of your old newspapers or magazines. The problem is nobody wants them. You will only succeed in adding to the clutter and distracting potential buyers from what they actually want. Undergarments It should be obvious to everyone that if you try to sell your undergarments, it should be. Unfortunately it’s not. You will only disgust your visitors by displaying your used unmentionables. Even if they have never been used, it won’t make a difference.
They could still be in the package for that matter. Broken or Dangerous Toys Don’t try to sell your broken or dangerous toys. This will be seen almost as an attack on your neighbors. You don’t want someone else to get hurt from a toy that you sold them, so don’t do it. No one will buy them, and you will lose potential customers this way. Used Health and Beauty Products Some people will try to sell half used bottles of shampoo or hand sanitizer. The first thing that will come to mind when a customer sees this is, “What’s wrong with this?” You are selling this stuff for a reason, and someone doesn’t just sell their shampoo unless they never want to use it again. Chemicals You really shouldn’t try to sell any kind of chemicals at your garage sale.
This can be anything from Bleach to Turpentine. Garage sales are usually a haven for children, and you don’t want it potentially hazardous. This will drive the money frivolous children away because you will drive their parents away. Food People don’t go to a garage sale to do their grocery shopping, so don’t insult them by putting the food you don’t want up for sale. Give it to the needy. It will do more good this way and it is a tax write off. This isn’t to say that you can’t have a lemonade stand or a stand with some fresh pastries. Selling homemade snacks is different from selling old canned goods. Medicine Medicine will not sell, and can actually get you in trouble with the law. Some people think it is a good idea to unload some of their old unused prescriptions at a garage sale. This is dealing drugs, not only will you drive your customers away, you could get arrested. Garbage Some people hang on to almost everything.
If you have been hoarding empty milk cartons and you think that it is time to get rid of some of them, just recycle them. It is highly doubtful that anyone would even give you a penny for these. Anything that could be considered garbage should be treated the same way. Old Worn Shoes Some shoes will sell at a garage sale, but they have to be in good condition. If you shoes are not suitable for you to wear, don’t expect other people to pay for them. If they are in good condition, they may sell, but not otherwise. Used Cleaning Supplies No one is going to want to buy your old mops, brooms, and rags from you so don’t bother to try and sell them. These items are not that expensive at a retail store and people expect these items to be in good condition when they buy them. They just don’t sell well at garage sales. Al most everything has a chance of selling at a garage sale, but you have to ask yourself if you are willing to detract from your more profitable items by displaying junk that you probably won’t sell. By setting these items aside, and focusing on the big ticket items, you will bring in much more money with your garage sale.