Preparing for National Garage Sale Day: August 9th

Who knew! There is a national holiday devoted to the garage sale. How American is that?! We are such a consumer society that we denote a day of the year when we celebrate getting rid of stuff, so we can go by more. Or maybe you’ll be out shopping the garage sales. You know “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.”

If you want to participate in this all American holiday, it’s less than two weeks away. It’s time to get to work and rummage through your house for all those no-longer-wanted-items. Remember, if you haven’t used it in the last year you probably never will again.

Here is an old article I found from The Columbus Dispatch on how to prepare for a garage sale. In the article they quote some tips from Consumer Reports.

Consumer Reports offers these tips:

• Schedule your garage sale to coincide with a local event that’s likely to generate extra traffic near your home.

• Place the items with the broadest appeal close to the street to grab attention and lure potential buyers up the driveway.

• Sort clothing into categories — by gender, season and age group, for example — and display those items, if possible, on hangers.

• Keep a mirror handy if you’re selling accessories.

• Place fresh batteries in items that require them and keep a power source handy so shoppers can try out electronics and other plug-in appliances.

Happy Holiday everyone!

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