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Baby – $.25-1
Winter Coats $5-10
Kids’ Shoes $1-3
Adult Shoes $1-5
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When setting a date for the sale, try and coincide with the town wide garbage pick up day. If the pick-up day is Tuesday 20th, then have the sale on Saturday 17th.
You might also want to organize refreshments for the day of the sale – this is a good fundraiser. Ask parents to make cookies/brownies etc for the sale and organize coffee to be sold (Maybe contact John Marsh (an old parent from the school) from Small World Roaster for donations).
Organize where all donations are going to be stored.
About a month before the date start asking for donations in good condition – no junk!
With regards to clothing donations, you might want to pick through to see if anything is designer that could be sold at Milk Money in Princeton (consignment store) for more money. Rocky Hill Co-op does have an account there.
Also start recruiting volunteers at various time slots, making sure that you have enough people to set up and clean up. I think I asked people for three hour increments. Three people to cover one time slot is ample. The person organizing should ideally be there all day.
About a couple of weeks before, start organizing donations into categories– an organized and well laid out yard sale will be more profitable than one where everything is scattered everywhere. Ideas for Categories – Household Goods, Clothes, Baby Items, Books, Sporting, Games/Puzzles, DVD/VHS, Toys, Shoes/Boots, Furniture etc
Try and set up a price list so that you don’t have to individually price each item
eg. Children’s books – 50 c,, Board Books – 25 c, and try and give bulk buy discounts. Buy one get second half price, or buy three for the price of two etc. Don’t out price yourself and do barter with people.
• Write out yard sale posters on hard cardboard and on bright fluorescent colors. Wrap them in cling film and hang them on Monday before the actual event.
• Flyers round town
• Print ads – NJ Classifieds.com – publicize in the Trenton Times Wed/Thur/Fri or Thur/Fri/Sat. This ad will also appear online. I think the charge is $18 for 4 lines
• Princeton Online – FREE
• Craigslist.com under garage sales – FREE
• Word of Mouth and anywhere else you can find
• Flyer in Rocky Hill Gazette through the Community Group.
• Contact Randi Zimmerman (Mayor’s wife) to paint a huge sign advertising the sale. Once completed, position it on the site of the sale.
Make sure that you have enough tables and racks for the items. Contact someone from Mary Jacobs Library re borrowing two coat racks.
Try and sort clothes into sizes/sexes, this will make it easier for you to lay out and for people to see what there is to buy.
Ask permission of site owners – Mrs Raymond Durling (67 Washington Street) or wherever the sale is to be held. 2009 – Reformed Chuch (possibly)
Organize someone with a large van to load up the night before the sale bringing the items directly to the site on the day.
DAY OF SALE
Start setting up at approx 5.30am.
Lay out the tables in an organized manor so that people have access to all items. Try and locate the money box in a safe place and always keep one person manned there at all times.
Organize transportation of items that couldn’t fit into large van. Normally people with large cars/people carriers will be needed for the set up.
Once stuff starts arriving at the site always leave one or two people to set up as there will ALWAYS be early birds. Try and discourage them by telling them the exact start time of the sale.
Always try and barter with people and have fun!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
There should be nothing left on the site at the end of the day. All rubbish items not sold should be moved to the curb for garbage pick up. All decent items that have just not sold should be kept either for the next yard sale or donated to various charities.
Vietnam Vets and Lupus Foundation do pick up donations. Rescue Mission of Trenton, Salvation Army are other possible charities (not sure if they pick up).
Anything left on the curb should be listed on freecycle.com to avoid unnecessary waste in town dumps.
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In some areas, garage sales have taken on a special meaning to a community and have become events of special local significance. Large areas of a community then hold a communal garage sale involving numerous families at the same time.
The Highway 127 Corridor Sale, promoted as “The World’s Longest Yard Sale,” encourages private individuals and professional vendors to conduct simultaneous yard sales along a 630-mile (1,010 km) corridor spanning five U.S. states.
Running east to west, the Coast-to-Coast yard sale runs along US 50 in May of each year. Though not as popular as “The World’s Longest Yard Sale,” the US 50 Coast-to-Coast sale is in its 16th year.
During the second Saturday in August, a 50 miles (80 km) stretch of U.S. Route 11 becomes a continuous yard sale that at Stephens City, Virginia’s Newtown Commons south to New Market, Virginia. The event, in its ninth year, is sponsored by the Shenandoah County Chamber Advisory Group, five chambers of commerce, and two town governments. In years past, the Yard Crawl has attracted people from as far away as Canada.
The now semi-annual City Wide Garage Sale was first held in October 1990 in El Cerrito, California. Local resident and reuse advocate, Marianne Hegeman proposed the citywide garage sale to facilitate garage inspections in the wake of the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. City Wide Garage Sales have been replicated in other cities including Albany, California; Mountain View, California; and Eagle Mountain, Utah.
Informal sales also occur across the country. One such example is in the Bismarck-Mandan area. Coinciding with the United Tribes International Pow-wow, it is a tradition for the weekend following Labor Day to be the area’s biggest garage sale weekend due to the influx of visitors in the area. On any given year, total garage sales number at least 500, while Fargo, North Dakota surpasses Bismarck as the state’s largest city. The only state event that is bigger is the North Dakota State Fair held in Minot, North Dakota, during the last week of July.
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Advertising for a garage sale
Advertising for the event of a garage sale is typically done by posting a sign, usually made from cardboard or plastic, in a public location. Signs are posted with the intent that people passing by will take note of the event, time and location of the garage sale. In many cases, signs may feature an arrow or some other means of expressing the direction of the event.
In addition to signs, many people advertise their garage sales in the newspaper in a dedicated section or on websites.
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A garage sale (also known as a yard sale, tag sale, moving sale and by many other names) is an informal event for the sale of used goods by private individuals, in which sellers are not required to obtain business licenses or collect sales tax (though, in some jurisdictions, a permit may be required).
Typically the goods in a garage sale are unwanted items from the household with its owners conducting the sale. The conditions of the goods vary, but they are usually usable. Some of these items are offered for sale because the owner does not want or need the item to minimize their possessions or to raise funds. Popular motivations for a garage sale are for “spring cleaning,” moving or earning extra money. The seller’s items are displayed to the passers-by or those responding to signs, flyers, classified ads or newspaper ads. In some cases, local television stations will broadcast a sale on a local public channel. The venue at which the sale is conducted is typically a garage; other sales are conducted at a driveway, carport, front yard or inside a house. Some vendors, known as “squatters,” will set up in a high-traffic area rather than on their own property.
Items typically sold at garage sales include old clothing, books, toys, household decorations, lawn and garden tools, sports equipment and board games. Larger items like furniture and occasionally home appliances are also sold. Garage sales occur most frequently in suburban areas on weekends with good weather conditions, and usually have designated hours for the sale. Buyers who arrive before the hours of the sale to review the items are known as “early birds” and are often professional restorers or resellers. Such sales also attract people who are searching for bargains or for rare and unusual items. Bargaining, also known as haggling, on prices is routine, and items may or may not have price labels affixed. Some people buy goods from these sales to restore them for resale.
Some jurisdictions require that the home owners obtain a permit (which may require a fee), stating the date(s) on which the sale will take place (with allowances in the event of bad weather conditions). The jurisdiction may also place restrictions on the sale, such as the number of sales in a year a person can have (so as to avoid a person running a business without licenses and without collecting sales taxes), where signs may be placed in and around the neighborhood, and even where on the owner’s premises a sale may take place.
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