I hope you have been keeping it Frugal. Spring is here although it still doesn't feel like it we can tell from the April showers, it’s on it way. I love Spring for two reasons; nature reminds me that after a long winter there is life again with new buds blooming away and Easter celebrating our Risen Lord.
With Spring comes spring cleaning and my annual garage sale. For a couple of years, I gave up on hosting a garage sale because it just didn't seem worth it to me and we had alot of going on in the family. Stuff had piled up so last year, I jumped back into hosting a garage sale again. I came up with a new concept to garage sales and proposed the idea to my good friend Sharon (a very savvy business woman). She loved my idea and jumped on board and now I had a partner! Oh yeah! The concept was “The 99 Cent Garage Sale”...nobody wants to pay more than a buck for something. Seriously, think dollar store, people! With that being said, if you had something that was worth more you should sell it on Craigslist. For the most part, people want a bargain when they go to a garage sale. They will buy more stuff if you have it priced right.
Here’s where garage sale hosts’ get hung up on the most; they think about what they paid for the item and they want to get some of that money back. Let me share some tough love with you. You already spent the money on the stuff a long time ago and you will not recoup the lost money. What you can recoup is space and organization by getting rid of it and a organized mind which you can only get by decluttering.
The 99 cent Garage Sale was a huge success! Why because we had the right mind set. We would never get back what we paid for items and therefore the only purpose of this sale was to move it out of our house. We kept it simple by only putting two different colored dots on the items to show who the sellers were. The pricing was easy; 99 cents! We cleaned everything for sale and made the items sparkle. We organized the garage sale so everything was in the correct category. We also provided free treats, lemonade and had a free box of stuff for kids to go through while Mom was shopping. There are lots of tips and tricks for successful hosting a garage sale and I will share that the Ladies Night Out Event May 22nd.
I am all about buying things at garage sales which is the Frugalista way to saving money and making every dollar count. I love going to garage sales to find a hidden treasure. Its super fun and you can find great things for your home, kids and wardrobe. You are being frugal because you didn't pay full price at a store. Be willing to make a deal when you see a bunch of clothes in your daughters/sons size. Offer a bulk price like $20.00 for the lot of clothing. Huge savings can be had if you a willing to see the big picture. A new kid’s shirt, just one, at Target range from $8.99 to $12.99. Buy a bag or box of clothes for $15.00 to $20.00 …that’s the frugal way. The garage sale host/hostess will love you for taking the stuff off their hands and will appreciate your savviness. When we were asked why we’re selling everything for 99 cents, we told our customers that we love a bargain just like anyone else. They loved it and appreciated our honesty and sincerity.
Spring cleaning, here I come. I am going through closets, cabinets, my crawl space and basement to get stuff ready for my 2015 99 cent Garage Sale! What we don't sell we donate to Bethesda, Savers or Goodwill.
Keep it Frugal Ladies...Love ya!
Hi! I am an Immanuel Lutheran Stewardship Champion but before that I was a Frugalista! I want to welcome you to Heather's Frugal Living. In my classes, you will learn my easy and savvy tips in how to live large on a small budget.