Sigrid Wilson's obsessive compulsive disorder meant she collected everything she saw. For five years, she could not even part with a paper clip or old bits of wood.
But with a little help, Sigrid is now preparing to get rid of everything she does not really need. It has been billed Australia's biggest garage sale.
Here is an image given to me by Rylan in San Francisco. The image shows a garage sale sign made out of a paper plate. I have to congratulate the seller and his creative way of thinking, or maybe he was just out of money to put together a better sign.
Overall, I would not recommend putting a sign like this up for your own sale. I am impressed on how much information he got onto a small plate but I feel it would be very unlikely that anyone from the street would be able to read it. Furthermore, no arrows are displayed which would make this sign nearly worthless. I would have enjoyed checking out this garage sale to see how many people were able to find it.
MyrtleBeachOnline.com recently ran an article on suggested tips to having a yard sale. These tips including nothing out of the ordinary but its nice that other media is promoting garage sales and giving people advice as well. Everyone should have a successful sale, including buyers and sellers.
No midweek sales.
Lead the way. "Use directional signs with arrows to guide drivers. Good signage is key to a garage sale's success."
Give a good deal. "Check the retail prices of the items you plan to sell on the Web or by visiting local stores, and then knock around 80 [percent] or 90 percent off."
Write prices clearly on all items. "People will be less likely to buy if they have to ask, 'How much?'"
How many movies do you see that are related to garage sales? Not too many. I recently got a chance to watch the movie entitled, "Yard Sale", where a couple is working on finalizing their divorce and they plan on having a big yard sale. The story line is based around a Jeep of theirs and the yard sale. They decide that whoever sells the most from the yard sale, will get to keep the Jeep.
Throughout the movie, when the characters are selling their beloved items, they have flashbacks. These flashbacks give a background story that explains the reason for their divorce.
I would suggest renting this movie if you can find it. I found it funny and the people coming to the yard sale were entertaining. The ability to turn a bad situation like a divorce into a comedy such as this confirms that the director was on the right track. This is definitely a movie I would recommend to others.
You can pick up a Ritu Kumar ghagra for Rs 5,000, a Louis Vuitton handbag for Rs 250 or an Esprit watch for a little over a grand at this garage sale. A not-so-common concept, the garage sale has been put together by sisters Tanya and Natasha Pratap.
While not directly related to garage sales, the following link made another great point on why it is beneficial to have garage sales. They believe that a good way to help sell your house is to make it seem bigger. This can be accomplished through a garage sale by selling off old unneeded items.
I can't agree with this more. There is nothing worse than looking at a house that is cluttered. It seems to restrict your visions and all you can think of is your new home being cluttered. A great idea for any home seller.
Interesting in knowing how to say garage sale in another language? Check these out.
French - brocante Ã domicile
German - Ramschverkauf
Italian - vendita di garage
Spanish - venta de garage
Dutch - garage verkoop
The new year is upon us and while many people may set their resolution to lose weight, many of us may need to unclutter the house that we live in. I know that in recent days, I will be dumping many things on EBay in hopes of freeing up some room and making a few bucks while I'm at it. Now, don't get me wrong, I don't always choose EBay over a good ol' fashion garage sale, I just don't have enough items to warrant a sale.
For the buyers, this time of year on EBay is the best time to pickup some great deals. Many people decide to sell their old items or sell items that they received duplicates of. There are people who even sell gifts that they just don't like. Regardless the reason, this is the time to buy things off of EBay.
The best tip to uncluttering your house would be to take it one room at a time. Inspect the entire room, looking for items that you have not used for over a year. Many people believe that if you have not used an item in over a year, the chances of you using it the following year are slim. This is all dead weight that should be sold or given away. If you are in a hurry to unclutter your home, you may want to look at ideas other than a garage sale. A garage sale may take time to properly setup and will keep the clutter in your home until that time. The idea is to get rid of the stuff quickly and giving it away would likely be your best bet.