Organize a Tag Sale!

Make your next tag sale fast, easy, and lucrative!

By FamilyTime


Most of us feel we have enough "stuff" in our attic, basement and garage for a tag sale. If you feel the time is right to clean out and get rid of things you no longer use, get busy and have some good, neighborly fun.

Start organizing the sale by selecting the date and time. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays are best. If you have a lot of items, consider staying open for the whole weekend. Look in your local paper or online local news website to see what time sales usually start in your town. Consider increasing sale traffic by getting together with neighbors and holding a joint sale.

Asking For Help
Ask for help from family or friends about a month ahead of time. You need help pricing, displaying and collecting money. If you are selling items that are in your house, arrange for additional help to escort the public through your home.

You also need help sorting through your things and deciding what to sell and what really belongs in the trash. It's also helpful to have someone without sentimental attachment to your things; they can be brutally honest!

Pricing Your Merchandise
Buy price stickers for every item. Nothing is more frustrating for a buyer than not knowing the price, or for you to come up with one on the spot.

Be fair when pricing. Expect to get approximately 25 percent of what you paid -- if you can even remember. Leave a little room for haggling. Check with a local antique dealer or online site to determine the price of more valuable items. Consider a consignment shop for some pieces.

Put an ad in your local paper or online source for local news. Include the time, date and the location. If possible, give directions.

Start a word-of-mouth campaign by telling everyone you meet and asking them to pass along the news of your sale. Send a group email to your friends, colleagues, and acquaintences.

Post signs with large, legible lettering and bright colors in your neighborhood and those beyond. Put these up about a week before the sale. The strategy is to put them up early enough for customers to make plans, but not so far ahead of time that they stop "seeing" the signs. You also don't want the signs to be damaged by rain and wind. 

Don't forget to take the signs down after the sale, and to dispose of them correctly.

Displaying Items
Pay attention to cleanliness and display. People pay more for well-kept merchandise. Do not sell junk. Set up your sale both in the garage and on your driveway. Save your old newspapers and plastic bags to wrap and bag items.

Be prepared for dealers. They may try to haggle with you before you have officially opened your doors. Don't be intimidated by them and do not sell anything before your scheduled opening time. It's not fair to your other customers. 

The Sale
Wear comfortable clothing and shoes. You don't want to appear as though you have just cleaned out the attic, so dress neatly.

Prepare lunch ahead of time for you and your helpers, and make a pot of coffee  to have on hand when the sale begins. Have some chairs handy for your helpers and elderly or infirm shoppers.

Make sure that are at least two people present at all times during the sale. Your helpers should understand this.

Accepting Payment
Have a cash box with plenty of change. Start with at least $100 in tens, fives and singles, as well as coins. Assign one person to be solely in charge of cash. Decide ahead of time if you will take checks.

Get Rid of Everything
On the last day of the sale, consider giving away some items. Mark a box "free" with leftover things. Don't bring anything back in to the house that you intended to sell. Leftovers can go right to charity or the town dump.