TRASH TO TREASURE: Build the better garage sale to maximize your money efforts

Everyone’s been a little short on cash and long on ideas.

Choosing the best avenue to ensure you’ll soon have some extra income could prove to a laborious process, but one seemingly timeless option always is mentioned at least once.

The garage sale.

In the day and age of CraigsList and eBay, you would think that the idea of piling your stuff in a front or back yard, or actually lining up your belongings within a garage to sell seems a little antiquated. But selling items online isn’t always practical, especially if you’re talking about larger payoffs in the form of appliances, furniture and televisions.

Shipping often can turn into a nightmare, so those not exactly enthralled with everything that goes into online selling and sending turn toward an old friend with a little life left to give.

The garage sale is more than just your stuff scattered on a front lawn and priced way too modestly to make even a profit. This is an opportunity to pay close attention to how your sale is set up and executed so that you can limit your expenses and maximize your profits.

Those expenses might come from a newspaper ad, which ironically can be incredibly pricey even though that information medium is showing no signs of making a popularity comeback. Instead, try posting your sale online through social media. Some Facebook sites are dedicated exclusively to local people trying to promote and eventually make sales through their garage sale endeavor. These ways allow you to skip the $100 newspaper ad and promote your garage sale for free.

Right away, you’re well ahead of the game.

And if you really want to make a garage sale successful, you might want to follow some simple advice: sell stuff. Far too often, garage sales are set up perfectly, but the execution leaves a lot to be desired. Make sure you aren’t too attached to these items you’re trying to get rid of, otherwise you’re in for a long afternoon and very little money to show for it.

Don’t be overly afraid to part with anything from a lamp to an old TV, otherwise your sale will slump significantly. Mark your prices accordingly and let them be. Don’t haggle over a pair of jeans you haven’t worn in years; let them go for a fair price.

Finally, don’t bother wasting time and money putting together a sale in a spot within your neighborhood that no one visits. If the area you live in isn’t overflowing with traffic, then don’t bother. If you still want to sell your old stuff, ask a friend or family member that lives in a more bustling neck of the woods to team up with you to have the sale of the century.

Who knows, maybe that teamwork and taking control of your perceived “trash,” could lead to plenty of treasure in the form of a few bucks by the end of your sale.