How to Make $1000 At Your Next Garage Sale


  • Signs to direct traffic in :: $5
  • Change in the money box before the day started :: $30
  • Sales made throughout the weekend :: over $1000
  • Looks on peoples faces when we told them we took credit cards at our garage sale :: PRICELESS

I have a complete list of  How To Have A Successful Yard Sale. You will see everything from Prepping for the sale, Driving Traffic, Day of the Sale and After the Sale.

But today I come to you with More Yard Sale Tips. You guessed it, there’s an app for that.

Must Have Yard Sale Apps

Square :: This is a FREE app that allows you to take credit cards on your iPhone, iPad or iPod with a simple touch. There is no contract, no monthly fee or merchant account required. Every user will receive a free Square credit card reader, for free, in the mail.  Within minutes of downloading you are ready to take payments. (the card reader takes a few days to get to you in the mail)

Per one of my tips, we had 3 families. One of the families had downloaded this app and she was taking credit cards for all of us. It truly upped our sales the first day. It was actually funny how people would use their credit card when they realized we used it instead of using their cash.

These next 2 apps aren’t so much ones you should have, but ones you should try and get your sale onto

Another tip I shared was making sure your sale was posted on Craigslist. Once it’s posted on Craigslist it will appear on Garage Sale Rover. This is a FREE app to use to look for garage sales in your area. Post  your sale, so you can be seen by others using this app.

Yard Sale Mapper is another app that also gathers information from Craigslist adds. (Note to self :: Put yard sale on Craigslist)

Our successful weekend didn’t stop there.

  • We didn’t have enough stuff to do our own thing, so we had 2 neighbors join us.
  • We also made sure we put out big items. I even put something out with a crazy high price. I didn’t want to sell it, but if it sold at that price, so be it. I did it because we needed something big to get people to stop. Well….it sold. Once it sold I asked the person who purchased it if they would let it sit for a few hours. I then put a sold sign on it that was only noticeable if you got out of the car. A little sneaky? Yes. But it works.
  • Another thing that contributed to higher sales was our neighbor also had a cash register. She would ring everything up. Once it was in the register and rung up, people never offered a lower price. SCORE!! I guess it felt like a real store to them.

It is possible to have a successful garage sale. And it is possible to make over $1000. The $1000 was just our portion. Both of the other neighbors did pretty well too. Not as high as us because they didn’t have quite as much as we did.

By the way, do you say Garage Sale or Yard Sale?  Had we not purchased printed signs from the Dollar store I think I would have had mine say Crap 4 Sale.

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  1. Stopping by from WFMW. Great ideas for upping sales. I generally call them yard sales. 🙂 I need to put one together soon and I very well may write “crap for sale” on the sign… LOL

  2. Great article… thanks for the info. Our cub scout pack will be doing a sale this year, and that credit card app sounds amazing!
    Last yard sale I did was over $2400 in a weekend. Organization is key, friendly attitude, lively spirit and just make everyone feel good and you will be a success!

  3. Wow Kristin you totally out did us. Great job and hopefully adding the app and taking credit cards will up your sales even more.

  4. Alana you have to write it. I think that alone could draw more traffic. At least it will make for good conversation.

  5. Amy,
    thank you for sharing your tips. Everything you wrote sounds very reasonable. I’ve never done a sale but I have to admit, I am tempted to do it. I wonder how many items did you have for sale. Will be willing to give some examples and the prices you listed?
    I have mostly used baby and children’s clothes and toys but my impression is that they don’t sell very well. Do you also sell stuff from your stockpile? What do you consider “Big” things?
    Thank you in advance!

  6. Tina we always have a ton of little things along with some big stuff. Like I said I like to have things that make people stop and get out of their cars. As far as baby clothes and any baby stuff, those things sell like hotcakes.
    My rule of thumb is put a high enough price on it to make it worth your time, but not so high that you are left with it. It’s easiest just to put all your clothes at just $1 a piece. But if you have one expensive brand name product, pull it aside, hang it and add a higher price.
    Adult clothing does not sell super well, but at a $1 a piece you can get rid of most of it.
    If you have a stroller that you paid $150 for I would start by putting it out for at least $75. It’s a bargain to someone else, plus a pretty profit to you. And always remember to give yourself room to come down. If you really want $75 out of it, then list it for $90. Once they talk you down to $75 they will feel like they got a steel, when really you got exactly what you wanted.
    Good luck!!

  7. Amy,
    Thanks a lot!

  8. Just had to chime in that we had a sign in our neighborhood that said, “Crap that you need . . .” 🙂

  9. Haha, that’s awesome!


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