15 Aug 11

Garage Sale Gold celebrates National Garage Sale Day

Like little children on Christmas morning, this elf was in her glory on Saturday, National Garage Sale Day.  I attended numerous garage sales in New Jersey and Pennsylvania and out of all the folks, only one knew that it was National Garage Sale Day.  I  bought some early Christmas presents for family members, a little table for my office and some other odds and ends.  But mostly I was spreading the word about the glorious day that goes yet another year relatively unknown.

As the economy gets worse, garage sales get bigger and better. Michigan’s longest garage sale it also happened this weekend, although I only read about that one.

I do see more and more garage sales using proceeds to donate to charity, which I really like and have advocated for.

Happy saling!

13 Aug 11

GarageSaleGold.com celebrates National Garage Sale Day

GarageSaleGold.com is all about garage sales. So, what better day could there be for garagesalegold.com than National Garage Sale Day, which falls on Saturday, August 13th, 2011.  GarageSaleGold.com enthusiasts will be out hosting sales and shopping at sales. And many will be donating a percentage of their proceeds to their favorite charities.  Because, after all, it is found money, right?

Garagesalegold.com wants to hear from you. We want to know about how you spent your National Garage Sale Day. Come to our blog, go to our Facebook Page or send us a Tweet on Twitter. We want to hear all about your National Garage Sale Day.  Happy garage saling!

13 Aug 11

National Garage Sale Day is tomorrow, August 13th

Celebrate National Garage Sale Day by going to a garage sale.  Buying someone else’s prized possession for a fraction of the cost is a real high that can’t be replaced by anything else. Or maybe that is just my warped perception.  In a down economy, where there is so little trust and hope and everyone can’t help but be concerned for the future, to shop guilt free and buy treasures at a garage sale is a smart choice and a prudent way to spend your hard earned dollars and stretch them further than you ever  could have thought.

I have furnished several houses with gorgeous items bout from garage sales and so can you. Celebrate National Garage Sale Day tomorrow. Meet your neighbors. Meet some strangers.  I’ll be out there. Maybe you’ll see me there! Happy garage saling!

6 Aug 11

Yard Sales Mean Quick Cash

Thinking of trying to sell some things online?  You might just make more money faster by having  yard sales. I know. It sounds old fashioned. We are all so glued to the internet, but in these tough times, the human interaction can oftentimes be more profitable. And you don’t have to photograph it, ship it, and wonder if it will break or get rejected.

Selling on eBay, etsy, craig’s list or other sites was all the rage a few years back. And, of course, you can still sell items there……and be one of thousands competing for the same people for less and less money.  The thing about selling things at a yard sale is it is more impulsive, it is more personal, it is  IMMEDIATE.  And, funny thing, it is actually pretty cool to see how excited and happy people get when they discover and purchase your treasures.  It is an emotion and human connection that does not exist when you use online methods.

Maybe I am old fashioned. But I like to see the person who is taking home my things. I like to see that something is going to a good home.  Maybe it is a bit neurotic or maternal to feel this way about items, but maybe that is why I am such a freak for yard sales  and love going to them and having them.

I have friends who sell on eBay.  They can’t get the kind of money they used to for items as there is such a plethora of everything there. It makes everything feel like a commodity. It devalues the uniqueness of the items. I, in fact, have a young friend who has been an Ebay dealer and he now wants to start selling stuff at yard sales.  It’s almost like everything is coming full circle and yard sales, barn sales, tag sales are going to become hotter than online because it is so immediate, so personal and possibly more profitable.

So, you think having  yard sales is alot of work? I can help you make it fun. Get my book, Ava’s Guide to Garage Sale Gold, on my web site, www.garagesalegold.com or get it on Amazon kindle immediately and get great tips on how to maximize your sale.  I am not saying you should completely abandon selling online, but just try a real, live sale for yourself and see how it goes. You may never go back to selling online once you experience the rush of a great yard sale.

5 Aug 11

National Garage Sale Day is coming soon

There is still time to organize your garage sale items for National Garage Sale Day, which falls on Saturday, August 13th.  Go through your house, room by room, and don’t forget the garage, barn, basement, office, attic, etc.  Selling your items at a garage sale is a great way to raise fast cash, get rid of your clutter, and feel a lightness and a sense of well being that you have accomplished one of those things that you have been putting off endlessly.

Recruit your family, invite friends over and sip wine as you go down memory lane. Don’t try to be a perfectionist, but do clean and tag all items for sale.  If you are too late for National Garage Sale Day, but still want to have a great sale in September, get my book Ava’s Guide to Garage Sale Gold either on my site www.garagesalegold.com or on Amazon kindle.  If you get the kindle and download it today, you will get hot tips that will help you pull that sale together quickly in time for next week!

If you are having a sale, whether it is on National Garage Sale Day or not, do consider donating a portion of your proceeds to charity. And by all means, donate your left over items to charity for a tax write-off as well.

Happy Selling!