I just wanted to take the time to encourage you that Money is all around! During the holidays many of you have already succumb to the stress and pressure with trying to keep up. As a Christian, I clearly understand that Christmas is about Christ but I also understand that it’s hard to get away from traditions that we have been accustomed to
(purchasing gifts for our love ones during this time). Having said that, if you are use to giving and receiving gifts it is not a good feeling when you are limited with the amount of gifts you can give due to finances.
As I listened to countless stories of moms, dads, friends and family members much of the same have held true and that is this… 2011 has been a hard year financially for many. Having said that, you may be in a situation where your bank account at the present moment will not allow you to purchase holiday gifts or you may be very limited with the amount you purchase. Research shows that the average Christmas Spending is around $750 so this may help you if you are willing to take the advice and use it to your benefit!
My holiday gift to you is to “Think Outside the box”! Another gift is this article “Make Christmas Money Having A Garage Sale”. If you are in need of Christmas Cash, please understand there is still money all around you, you just have to tap into it!
About 4 years ago, I did A Garage Sale to make extra money for Christmas! Yesterday, while I was online posting my ads about Making Money Online I thought it would be a great idea to share with my following this story and also provide tips on how they can...
"Make Christmas Money Having A Garage Sale "
Below you will find great Tips on how you can host a Garage Sale to earn extra money for Christmas! I was able to make around $500 and with proper planning, organizing and research I probably could have made over $1000. You see, during the time I was pregnant with my 6th daughter so “No Excuses” yes big and pregnant (lol) about 8 months Pregnant and although it was for a purpose “To make money for Christmas”, looking back, I am sure I could have planned more thoroughly thereby generating more income.
First things first! Do some spring cleaning and de-clutter your house! Less is more. Think Feng Shui! Ahhhhh!!!!!!! Less clutter makes you feel good and in control of your environment anyway. It also creates a “Stress Free Zone”. I would recommend going to find some Nice Size Boxes to separate your items.
Toys/ Clothes/Home Ware/ Décor/ Appliances/ Shoes/Coats etc etc.
Again, Preparation is Key to a Successful Garage Sale!
Clean out that garage, basement, attic, spare room, closets, dressers, pantry or shed. A good rule-of-thumb is to get rid of anything you haven't used in the last 6 months to year. And don't forget that storage shed you pay rent on. Better to make money on those items than to continue paying more rent than what the stuff is worth.
Ask your neighbors for support! Invite them and personally tell them you are having a Garage Sale to Earn Money to purchase Gifts for the Children or Presents for the Holidays!
Don’t Sell Items too much! After all these are items that would be going to Salvation Army or Good Will and you wouldn’t get anything for them anyway. The cheaper the items the more will go!
Organize Organize Organize…
The more organized you are the More Money You Make! Why? When people see clutter they think the items are “less valuable” but when they see order it creates an environment where sales are generated quicker.
Section your items off…
Toy Section/ Clothes Section/Home Ware/ Décor/ Appliances/ Shoe Racks etc...etc.
Have Dollar Bin! These Items Sale FAST!!!
Section off some items by Price… Ex $1, $2, $5, $10 etc
Example you may have a Table OR Blanket where each item is one price!
Also, “Think Seasonal”. Since this blog is written in during the Holiday Season and if you decide to have a garage sale during this time, most people would be looking for items that can be used around this time.
Coats, Hats, Boots, Gloves, Sweaters, Jackets! Highlight these items and make sure they items are more visual than off season items that you are selling. Chances are, you will generate more sales!
“10 Tips for a Successful Garage Sale” To Help You…..
“Make Christmas Money Having A Garage Sale”
1. Schedule a yard sale or garage sale around the first of the month. Most people who are paid monthly, or bi-monthly, receive a paycheck around the 1st of the month (or the end of the previous month). For this reason, we try to schedule yard sales on the first Saturday of the month.
2. Check the 10-day forecast. Nothing ruins a good yard sale faster than rain. Keep an eye on the 10-day forecast before submitting your advertisements and selecting a date. There are no guarantees, but significant weather patterns (fronts, tropical systems, etc.) are fairly predictable within a couple days.
3. Plan on starting early. Most hard-core yard sale scavengers will start looking around 7:00am (some as early as 6:00am).
4. Consider a pre-sale the Friday night before and invite your friends and coworkers. Assuming you don’t mind friends going through your belongings, ask them to come by the night before to look through things ahead of time. I’ve sold some larger items by doing this, including computer monitors, baby furniture, etc. A side benefit of a presale is the more you sale the night before, the less you have to put out on Saturday morning.
5. Keep it simple. Nothing works better than poster board and Sharpie markers. If you have some old boxes lying around you can also gather up some pieces of cardboard to write “YARD SALE” on and include your address.
6. Sell kids or baby clothing from a big box or plastic bin. Based on the type of clothing, set a fair price for the entire bin and hang a sign made from a half-sheet of paper indicating the price of all items. For example, “BABY CLOTHES – $0.25 each.”
7. Have plenty of change on hand. The day before the yard sale I usually make a run by the bank to get some smaller bills and rolled coins. $50 in quarters, ones and fives ought to do it.
8. Make sure you have Bags to put there Items in. Go to the grocery store and pick up a pile of bags so that you don’t have to pay for them.
9. Have price tags or stickers on your items!
10. Last but certainly not less, Make some Cookies or a special treat ONLY for the People that purchase an item! Give it to them as a “Thank You” Gift! After all it is the Holiday. They will appreciate you and they may even return back to get a few more items!
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Proud Work At Home Mom of 6 Girls
Proud Work At Home Mom of 6 Girls