At the end of the year, just in time for Christmas, I’ll be moving from Texas to California, to help take care of my father.
With that in mind, I have a buttload of stuff I need to get rid of. A lot has already been carted to Goodwill, but if finally occurred to me that I might actually make a little money off my stuff. Trouble is, I’ve never had a garage sale before in my life.
So, I wanted to check with you guys to make sure I wasn’t making any huge mistakes while I am only in the planning stages. I’m shooting for the Saturday before Christmas, as that gives me enough time to pack up the last of my stuff and drive to CA. I’m also going to be hitting up friends to donate stuff they don’t want. Most of my friends are just as pack-ratty as I am, and few of them ever manage to cart stuff to Goodwill.
- a bunch of furniture - a couple of desks, table and chairs, bedroom furniture, a television, the like
- some electronics - maybe some monitors, a cpu, bits and bobs
- clothes - probably where I’ll have a lot to offer - plus size women’s, men’s, women’s, et cetera.
- books - OMG. Books. I could choke a blue whale on books. Mostly scifi/fantasy, probably some comics
- kitchen stuff - depends on what my friends give me.
- will Saturday, Dec. 20th work, or will everyone be Christmas shopping at the malls?
- how do I price? I’m terrible at haggling. My current, untested theory is to figure the least I’d take for something and double it, leaving me room to negotiate.
- how many people do I need to pressgan- ahem volunteer - to help during the sale?
- what kind of precautions should I take so people don’t walk off with stuff? Not that I really expect them to.
- what sort of extras should I come up with?
- what has worked for you and what hasn’t?
All anecdotes, advice, warnings, and screams of “DEAR GOD GET OUT NOW!” are gratefully accepted.