21 Oct 11

Yard Sale season at www.garagesalegold.com

Brrrr! It’s getting chilly outside in some parts of the country. But, guess what? The fall is one of the absolute best times to have a yard sale. Yard sale season is in its height in October and November. Many folks are out looking for something to do besides picking apples. And what better way to shop guilt free than at a yard sale?   A Yard sale can take place in a yard, but can also include indoor areas such as barns, garages, etc.  So, while you might have some items outside, it certainly does not preclude you from having inside items as well.  In fact, the colder it gets, the less competition that you will have for your yard sale and therefore the more people might show up at yours.

This summer, there were weekends in my local paper that advertised 30 different yard sales on one day. That is competition! In the colder months, your yard sale may only be one of three 0r four advertised. Therefore, with less to pick from, chances are you could get MORE people on colder days than in warmer months, just due to the lack of competition.

Remember, a yard sale does not have to be in a yard any more than a garage sale has to be in a garage.  The term yard sale connotes a slightly higher level of merchandise than a garage sale so you may even be able to charge more for your items.

Please also remember that at www.garagesalegold.com, we always promote giving a percentage of your haul to your favorite charity. Or at least donating your left over items to a charity.  Times are tough and charities really need our help, so make that extra money and save alittle for the causes that pull at your heart strings.

Happy saling!

14 Oct 11

Occupy Yard Sale at www.garagesalegold.com

The Occupy Wall Street movement is sweeping the country. I say, Occupy Yard Sale! I would like to see people camping out to get their hands on the greatest deals at their neighborhood yard sale. I would like to see people having a yard sale and making some quick cash so that they can pocket some quick cash to help pay the bills.

Of course I am upset that large corporations don’t pay their fair share of taxes, but instead of camping out and getting arrested, I would rather fight back by selling great things to people at great discounts.

I went to a yard sale last weekend and got an outrageously great 10 speed bike in perfect condition for $10. Now that is something to camp out for. I also got at a Yard Sale a book that I had really wanted to read for a long time for $1.  I got lots of other items as well for fantastic prices. In fact, I have furnished all of my homes with yard sale goodies and no one would ever know!

It’s time for Occupy Yard Sale. So the big corporations got bailouts. Time to bail each other out and buy each other’s stuff.

For fantastic tips on making the most money at your yardsale, go to garagesalegold.com or pick up a copy of Ava’s Guide to Garage Sale Gold. Available on Amazon kindle RIGHT NOW!!!!

Haping saling!

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!

16 Jul 11

National Garage Sale Day is Coming August 13th

It’s not too late to get yourself prepared to have that great garage sale that you have been dreaming, wishing and pining for. I know. You think it’s a lot of work. You think you can’t do it. You think that you won’t make much money for the effort. Guess what? I think you are wrong to think this way. I can teach you how to make the most money for your stuff in time for National Garage Sale Day. Just go to my website  www.garagesalegold.com and you will find everything that you will need for a smash hit garage sale. My book,  organizer, signs, money apron, labels. One stop shopping for a jaw dropping, traffic stopping, walloping garage sale to end all garage sales. You know you want the extra money. You know you want to get rid of that clutter. So, get off your butt and finally do it! What are you waiting for?

Here’s another idea for all of you doing a sale on National Garage Sale Day. I would urge you to consider donating a portion of your haul to charity. Whether you donate goods (a great tax deduction) or cold, hard cash. Charities are strapped in this terrible economy and need help. If everyone having a garage sale on this day  donated just a small portion of their proceeds as well as left over unwanted clothing, household items, furniture, whatever to their favorite causes, think how much better the world would be. Your pockets would be full. Your basement would be emptied. Some charities will be able to do some good. That is a win, win for all in my book. Speaking of books, my book is called “Ava’s Guide to Garage Sale Gold”.  You can get it on my web site or also on Amazon kindle.  It’s based on two decades of having garage sales and learning all the tricks.

Happy garage saling!

8 Jul 11

National Garage Sale Day

I bet you didn’t know that there was a National Garage Sale Day. I wanted to invent it, but then I found out that someone else had already created it many years back, but no one seems to know about it. Well, it is coming soon. The date is Saturday, August 13th. National Garage Sale Day. And I am going to make it my mission to let everyone in America know the importance of this day. I would like everyone in every block in every town having garage sales. And I would like everyone who has a garage sale to donate 10% of their earnings to their favorite charity.  Whether your heart lies in helping animals, children, the oppressed, veterans, drug addicts, it doesn’t matter.  Garage sales can help the economy in so many ways and we can give back to the less fortunate who have lost significant funding due to the bad economy.

National Garage Sale day is a time for everyone to clean up. Clean up financially by making some cash. Clean up your home by eliminating clutter and needless items. Clean up the environment by recycling items that would otherwise wind up in landfills. Clean up the guilt that you have had by not donating to charities that desperately need help.

Just think of it this way. If ten million people have a garage sale on National Garage Sale Day and each person makes $500 and donates $50 of that to charities, that’s a ton of money. Now, I was not a math major, but the power of people that get together to do some good for themselves and for their communities is immense.  If you don’t know how to have a garage sale, I can teach you. Go to www.garagesalegold.com and get my book “Ava’s Guide to Garage Sale Gold.” It will teach you everything you need to know about sourcing, pricing, marketing and promoting your sale to attract the best crowds with the most money to spend.

Let’s work together to make National Garage Sale Day more than just about making money. Let’s make a difference!

18 Jun 11

An estate sale may not always be estate quality

Did you know that there are people that flock to an advertised estate sale on a weekly basis? In fact, they may not just attend one estate sale, they may attend as many as possible? Is this an illness, an addiction, a fascination, a future episode for reality TV?

Some of these folks are professional dealers to be sure. Some are collectors. Some may just be lonely and out for something to do. Many are looking to furnish a home inexpensively. Some are decorators, designers or real estate home stagers.  There is nothing more exciting to bargain hunters than seeing a sign for an estate sale.  But, based on several estate sales that I have recently attended, sometimes the professionals hosting these sales have much to learn from moi, the garage sale gold diva.

I attended a very well publicized estate sale last weekend.  They had ads in all the right places online and in the newspaper. Their signs, even my my standards were excellent.  When I pulled up, there were cars lined up all up and down the street. But the one thing that I noticed was that all the people were leaving empty handed. I thought perhaps that I had shown up too late and all the good estate sale merchandise was gone. I walked in and saw the reason why nobody was buying.  First of all, the items were tagged and organized poorly. Some of the merchandise was thrown in heaps with complete disregard.  Many of the items were more like basement junk, not antiques or heirlooms or items of much perceived value. It seemed as if no time or care was placed into tagging  items. But the worst of it was that everything was way overpriced. Things that should have been .50 cents were five dollars.

This is something that I have often seen at a professionally run estate sale.  Items are priced far more than reasonable.  It is one thing to price items too low, you might as well give them away, but to price things too high is a total waste of everyone’s time, including the professional estate sale agent who is likely working on a commission. An estate sale professional generally will give a free estimate and decide if your sale is worthy of their time.  They will handle all the marketing, advertising, organizing, etc. And you won’t have to do anything. They will generally take between 25-45 per cent of sales less marketing expenses.

My dear reader, if you are even THINKING of having an estate sale, please read my book Ava’s Guide to Garage Sale Gold, which is available on my web site www.garagesalegold.com.  I will teach you many of the tricks and secrets that many estate sale agents don’t even know.  And you will save the large percentage that you will give them.

Now, if you really don’t have any time at all and want someone else to do all the work, do yourself a favor. Contact several people. Interview them. Go to some of their sales and see if people are buying anything. That will be a big indicator of their expertise and ability to properly price, promote and merchandise the items for sale.  Remember, an estate sale does not have to mean that someone died. An estate sale can mean that you are liquidating  many items in a house because you are down sizing, moving, a relative is moving to assisted living, etc.  Estate sale does not mean death. It means life. It means new life to old items.

Please understand that you can uncover miraculous treasures at garage sales, tag  sales and yard sales and can score fabulous finds at sales other than just estate sales.  Also a good portion of the sales labeled as estate sales are likely handled by professionals who may just be over pricing everything and sometimes the good deals are just not to be had and the merchandise just not estate quality.

So, my dear reader, the moral of the story is never judge a book by its cover.  Every estate sale is not the same. You can find estate sale quality at a junk yard or junk at an estate sale.