Moving your apartment does not have to be a terrifying experience. The easiest way to start dealing with the chaos of moving is by dividing the process into manageable tasks.
One Man’s Trash Is Another Man’s Treasure
We know it’s a cliché “One Man’s Trash Is Another Man’s Treasure”.
Reorganizing your house? Moving? Whatever the reason may be a garage sale is a wonderful way to transfer the knickknacks into $cash$, and to save you the money of moving those unwanted items.
For your convenience, we put together some tips to better assist you in conducting a successful garage sale.
- Start going through your attic, garage, basement and all places possible in your home to collect item that are no longer in use (a good rule to follow would be: if you haven’t used the item for more than 3 years – sell it!).
- Check with your association/complex office or any other authority for restrictions regarding a yard sale/garage sale (keep in mind that some authorities have restrictions regarding placing signs as well).
- Advertise! Advertise! Advertise! This is one of the most important tips we can give you. You can advertise online, local news paper, bulletin boards, share it with everybody you can, etc.
- When picking a date for the garage sale to take place – keep in mind not to choose a holiday weekend. Most people travel at this time and you will have few visitors if any.
- Make sure you have enough parking spots available for the buyers. If you do not have; than try talking to your neighbors, they might be able to help you.
- Decide on a time frame ahead of time (i.e. 9 AM to 3 PM) (keep in mind to place those hours on your ads).
What To Sell
Here is a list of items that sell:
- Appliances (Large or Small)
- Baby and child toys, furniture, clothes (make sure to confirm all items are in good and safe condition – if you have even the slightest worry that the items are not 100% safe – please discard. Better safe than sorry!).
- Cooking and all kitchen items.
- Jars and bottles
- CDs, DVDs, videos, etc.
- Music Instruments
- Furniture (i.e.: couches, tables, chairs, desks, cabinets, etc.)
- Exercise and sports equipment
- Gardening tools and patio furniture
- Mirrors and lamps
- Toys, games, bicycle, etc.
- Plants (most moving companies will not move live plants).
Set The Price
- Keep in mind that when you place a price on a certain item, the price should match its worth to the buyer and not to you, the seller. You can definitely ask a friend or a neighbor to assist you with setting up the prices.
- Place a price tag on each and every item. The bigger the item, the bigger the price tag should be.
- Items that are in a good, working condition can be priced at about 20%-25% from the original purchase price.
- Keep in mind that a book that was bought 10 years ago for the price of $80.00 will not be sold for $20.00. Try to be objective rather than subjective.
- Mark the price tag with “SOLD AS IS” on items that are not in a perfect working condition or have any defects on them.
- Leave some room for bargaining when you set the price.
Doing It Right
- Make sure that the clothes you want to sell are stain free and hang them neatly on a rack (set them up by sizes).
- Set up similar items on the same display table or shelf (dishes with dishes, books with books, etc).
- If possible, have an extension cord available to consumers who want to test the appliances or any other electronic items.
- Place all CDs, Books or DVDs in a box with the title facing up for easy looking.
- Even if your dog is very friendly, leave him indoors!
- Music will make your shoppers much more relaxed.
- If you are doing your sale on a hot day, consider having some cold beverages for the consumer to buy. You can offer your kids or the neighbor’s kids to set up a lemonade stand (they might make few dollars out of it and it will definitely keep them occupied).
- Have a measuring tape near by in case a consumer would like to measure furniture.
- Make items look attractive to the consumers (dust them, iron them, do what needs to be done!).
- Make sure items that are not for sale are being placed in a safe place.
- If possible, have at least a person or two present with you on the sale day (to answer questions, keep thieves away, etc.)
- Keep the house doors closed while the sale is in process.
- Keep your cash on you at all times!!! Wear a Fanny belt for loose change and keep large bills in your pocket.
- Keep your display attractive; be sure to fill up the sold items empty spots.
- Have plastic bags available to the buyers.
You Did It!!!
Congratulations you have successfully completed your first garage sale!! What ever is not sold at the garage sale consider donating to non-profit groups like the Salvation Army, Red Cross, Good Will etc. You can also try publishing your goods on Craig’s List, My Space, EBay, Facebook, etc.
Moving With The Family
Yes! It is a well known fact that moving is a huge event in one’s life. Whether you are moving out of state, out of town or even moving to a different neighborhood; moving can make us feel a bit stressed and uncomfortable. Now! Imagine a child at any age that has to leave their well known school, playground, friends and even his own castle… his room! So before your kids make you regret the idea of moving we had came up with some tips and tricks to better assist you assisting your kids.
Preparing Your Children For The Move
Tell Your Children About The Move As Soon As Possible. You might think you are doing your children good by hiding the move; however, keep in mind that your children need just as much time if not more to adjust to the idea of moving and to be able to process and accept the changes. Try to answer all of their questions and be as detailed as possible.
Share With Your Children Why And Where You Are Moving To. Once your child knows the reason for the relocation it will make it easier for them to accept it! Be honest: “since grandma got sick, grandpa needs our help so we are moving closer to them”, or “mommy got a new job so we are moving to be closer to the new office”.
Welcome Your Children’s Questions. Make sure to provide them with all the information they want or need about the new location. Always give the most accurate and honest answers you possibly can.
Use Maps And Pictures. Show your children on the map the new state, town or neighborhood you are moving to. Have pictures (if possible) of the new home and surrounding area.
Reassure Your Children That Their Life Will Not Change Dramatically. Let your children know that their daily routines will stay the same. For example: nap time during the day or bedtime stories, eating their cereal in their favorite bowl, classes and courses they use to take (i.e. – gymnastics, soccer and even boy/girl scouts).
Encourage Your Children To Create An Address Book. Make a list with your child that contains their best friends, close neighbor, a teacher or a coach that they would like to stay in touch with. Make sure to write their address, phone number and e-mail address.
Give Your Children The Layout Of Their Room. By letting your child have their own room plan and letting them take a part in decorating it, they will most likely be more excited and participating about moving than you had anticipated.
Help Your Children Plan Their Goodbye. Saying goodbye is a very important stage in the process of moving. Whether it is a big party for all of their acquaintance or a small gathering; try to accommodate their wishes as much as possible within reason.
Make Time To Visit Your Children’s Favorite Places. Whether it is the park near your home or their favorite pizza place or ice cream place, make sure to have time to go to these places for the last time. If the list is too long, make them choose three places for them to visit.
Ask Your Children To Help With The Packing Of Their Own Room. This way they will be much more involved in the moving process. Encourage them to either add to the garage sale or donate toys, books and other items that they do not think they will use or play with again.