Essential Tips on Advertising Garage Sales on Facebook

In the age of technology and social media, one of the best ways to reach people over a major social networking site like Facebook. Using this site is, in most cases, way safer and more effective than using other sites like Craigslist and eBay. Additionally, using this site is free, which will help you boost your sales. Here are some simple ways that you can advertise your yard sale on Facebook.

Posting on Your Page About Your Sale

One easy and free way to let your Facebook friends and family know that you’re going to be hosting a garage sale is to post about it on your page. Make sure to include the details about your sale, like the days, date, time and length of the sale. You’ll also want to include pictures of hot-ticket items that you’ll plan on selling at your sale to entice people to attend. Ask your friends to share your post with their friends to double your potential sales pool. Pro tip: Make sure you set the privacy settings of the post to public so that it can be shared.

Posting to Your Local Garage Sales Page

The vast majority of large cities have a Facebook page dedicated to advertising garage sales around the area. You can promote your personal sale on this page. You might want to plan ahead, as some of these pages are private, and only accepted individuals will be allowed to post and advertise your local sales. Typically, these groups have an administrative staff that review potential members or posts. You can expect an approval to take as few as a day or as long as weeks to come. That’s why you should plan ahead if you’re wanting to post about your upcoming sale on a local garage sales page.

If you’re planning on posting, you should include the same types of information that you would post on your personal page to promote the sale. This information includes the date of your sale, days, times and length of the sale. You should also include sneak peeks of the items that will be included at the sale and pricing information to entice prospective buyers.

Using Facebook Ads

Most people already know how to use Facebook to upload wacky pet videos, post pics of their lunch or send a flirty message to an ex.

Posting items for sale on a local group is just as easy. Just post directly on your group’s page and upload a pic. Most for-sale groups just have a super-simple ‘for sale’ form, including item, price, category and a photo.

Handily, when you post an ad, any Facebook pals who are also group members get email alerts. Users can also tag friends who might be interested. Don’t worry about spamming all your friends with ads for scrapped espresso makers and hamster cages though. If it’s a closed group, only members can see ads.


When you’re posting on a public site like Facebook, it’s important to keep safety a top-of-mind concern. Never give out personal information like your social security number or credit card information to potential buyers. With common sense, you’ll be well on your way to having a safe yard sale.

Beginner’s Guide to Selling Your Stuff in Community Sales

If garage sales aren’t your cup of tea, don’t worry. As the second hand community continues to advance and consumers become increasingly frugal, you can turn to community sales to get rid of your unwanted items and make a few extra dollars. Read on to learn more.

In-person Local Communities

While you may think that most people advertise solely on social media, there are plenty of traditional ways to sell your unwanted items without having to turn to hosting a garage sale or social media. You’ll want to touch base with your local communities. For example, your church, hobby club or local neighborhood club may have community sales that you don’t know about. Reach out to the leaders of these communities to check and see if they hold an annual sale where you can enter your items for sale. Even if they don’t have a sale, there are good odds that someone within these communities will have a good suggestion for a local consignment store or resale shop that you can take your items to in hopes of selling them for a profit. It never hurts to ask and it’s always a good idea to trust word-of-mouth recommendations from people you know!


If you’re not keen on connecting in-person with local communities, you can use community-based social media platforms like Facebook. Facebook is a ginormous social media site that allows you to connect with and be active in groups that are formed to advertise used or unwanted goods for sale. Many cities and counties have groups that you can become a part of to buy and sell your items. Some of these pages will be controlled by a group of administrators, so be prepared to have to wait a day or even a few to gain access to the group. While this may seem inconvenient, it’s actually for your own protection as the administrators will vet each potential group member in most cases.

Facebook also features a “Marketplace” function that allows you to easily post and sell your items. Through Facebook, you can see a potential buyer’s face and can easily communicate a public place to arrange a meet up to exchange money for the goods you’re selling. To use the Marketplace option, simply take a few pictures of the goods you’re trying to sell, write a quick description, list your price and put the item up for sale. Make sure to specify if you’re willing to drop off the item somewhere, or if it’s pick-up only. Regardless of how well-detailed your listing is, be prepared for questions about your post. Sometimes potential buyers will only look at the picture. While this may seem frustrating, take a deep breath and respond kindly so you don’t scare off a buyer!


As you can see, there are plenty of ways that you can try to sell your unwanted items in exchange for cold hard cash. With today’s technology, you can easily sell your items through your phone with minimal effort and planning required. With a little research and good pictures, you’ll be well on your way to using community sales platforms to sell your unwanted items. Good luck!

The Top 3 Things to Buy at Estate Sales to Resell

Shopping estate sales can be a great way for you to save money and furnish your home. What you may not know, though, is that shopping these sales can give you an opportunity to make some money, too. Estate sales typically involve a house that’s filled with goods that can be purchased and resold for a profit. That’s why estate sales offer great potential for buyers, as long as you know what items to look for. Here’s a list of the top three items you can buy at an estate sale to resell for a profit.

1. Paintings 

Each estate sale you visit is bound to have its own unique collection of art. Now, regardless of it you’re a fan of paintings or art prints—there’s a huge market for vintage and antique paintings. To be sure that you make the most profit and purchase wisely, you’ll need to do a bit of research on your own before you head to local sales.

This research should include investigating what art themes are resonating the most with collectors. For example, trends may dictate that buyers are looking for Art Deco paintings. To capitalize on this trend, you’ll need to become familiar with what types of paintings or styles are included in the Art Deco era so that you can easily recognize this type of painting when you see one. Keeping tabs on what the top trends are and what types of art are included in those trends will make it easy for you to purchase and resell paintings with ease.

2. Furniture

Many estate sales are focused on getting rid of the big and bulky items, like furniture, so they don’t have to deal with them after the sale is over. This creates a potential opportunity for you to purchase furniture hot ticket items like chests, tables and dressers for a reasonable price. Modern day buyers are loving vintage pieces, so look for wooden pieces with character or stained glass elements to really resonate with buyers.

If you don’t mind revamping these pieces of furniture, there’s good money to be made in reselling the furniture that you find at estate sales. Sometimes, you’ll just need to clean these pieces up. Other times, you’ll need to sand, refinish or paint a piece of furniture to reap the biggest possible rewards. With a little elbow grease, reselling furniture you found at an estate sale can really pay off. If you don’t mind putting in a little elbow grease then furniture is something you definitely want to be on the lookout for.

3. Books

The vast majority of estate sales will be selling books from many different genres. Some of the books for sale will include vintage cookbooks or best-sellers, while others may even include antique signed editions. Purchasing books from an estate sale is not only an economical choice if you’re an avid reader, but it’s a great way to make money fast. You can often purchase these estate sale books for a very reasonable price. With a little research, you can find out how much these books typically resell for and price your new purchases fairly on the internet. Or, you can try reselling them to local resale bookshops in the area.


With a little attention to detail and some outside research, it’s possible to make back the money you spend at estate sales by reselling hot ticket items you come across. Happy shopping!

Weekdays or the Weekend? When You Should Hold Your Garage Sale

Think about all the garage sales that you’ve been to. How many were on the weekend? How many were on weekdays? The answer is probably that the vast majority of yard sales that you’ve gone to have been held on the weekends. It is very traditional for garage sales to be held on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Despite it being more traditional, is it more beneficial to hold your sale on one of these three days or to hold it during the week? Read on to find out.

The Perks of a Weekend Garage Sale

They say don’t fix what isn’t broken, and with garage sales, that’s been the mindset for decades. Garage sales are typically held on the weekend because it’s been proven that these days work for making the most amount of money. The vast majority of people who shop garage sales have full- or part-time jobs that prohibit them from shopping sales that occur during the week, meaning that they’re only able to come to sales that occur on the weekend days.

Another perk to having a weekend garage sale is that you’re more likely to get families who come to shop. And, as you’ve probably experienced going to the store with your own family, you tend to buy things you wouldn’t have otherwise purchased on your own. When parents come with their kids, this is especially true. Because garage sales imply that buyers are getting a bargain, parents are more apt to say yes to their kids when they come up to them with a toy or trinket they want to take home.

Finally, due to the sheer number of days that you can hold a garage sale, the statistics are in your favor that you’re bound to make more money by holding a three-day’s-long sale versus a day-long sale. This number doubles when you factor in the increased odds of more foot traffic coming to your sale over the weekend days.

The Perks of Weekday Garage Sales

Although holding a weekend garage sale definitely has its benefits, it also has its drawbacks. Perhaps the biggest downside to holding a weekend garage sale is the fact that you’ll have to compete with all of the other local garage sales for customers. Think about it, if 10 households in your neighborhood are holding a Friday-Sunday garage sale, that’s 10 different houses that buyers can choose to go to and spend their hard-earned money. If the buyers find what they’re looking for or spend all of their money before they make it to your house, they may not stop by at all. If you hold your sale on a Tuesday or Wednesday, you won’t have to deal with as much competition—if any at all—which may help you sell more.


While it’s ultimately up to you to decide what may be better for you and your garage sale, if you’re new to the game or want a sure-fire bet, it might be worth it to start with a weekend garage sale. Best of luck!

The Things You Never Want to Buy at a Garage Sale

However, just like there are items you definitely want to look for when you’re shopping at a garage sale, there are also items that you’ll want to avoid like the black plague. In the same fashion, the items you want to avoid buying at a garage sale are also the items you’ll want to avoid selling, if you plan on hosting your own sale. Read on to find out what these items are.

Item #1: Mattresses or Sleeping Pillows

It can be tempting to want to buy a secondhand mattress from a garage sale, as they can be extremely pricey to purchase full-price. But, the risks of buying a used mattress from a stranger’s home are very high. Many used mattresses are full of bodily fluids, bacteria, dead skin and are potentially infested with bed bugs or mites. The same can be said about sleeping pillows. When you consider these gross factors, it’s pretty self-explanatory for why you shouldn’t buy a used mattress from a garage sale. And, if you’re trying to get rid of a mattress, don’t sell it at your garage sale. See if a family member wants it for free or just get rid of it.

Item #2: Used Car Seats

Yes, like mattresses, buying a new car seat from the store typically comes with a hefty price tag. Despite this, it’s never okay to buy a used baby car seat from a garage sale. In many cases, these car seats are expired, which may put your baby at risk. If you have car seats that you no longer use, but aren’t expired, consider donating them to a local women’s shelter instead of trying to sell them. Your baby’s safety is of the utmost importance, and investing in a brand-new car seat is money well spent.

Item #3: Helmets

You may not know this, but every time a safety helmet is involved in an incident (including a kid falling off their bike), it should be replaced. Because you don’t know if a helmet that’s for sale at a garage sale has been in an accident or not, it’s not a safe or smart idea to purchase a used safety helmet.

Item #4: Cosmetics

While this should go without saying, sometimes it needs to be said. Do not buy used makeup or cosmetics from yard sales. You will run the risk of infection if you purchase used cosmetics. Additionally, many items have expiration dates that you may no longer be able to see if you buy these products used. In short, just avoid them.

Item #5: Electronics

The electronics that are being sold at yard sales are generally close to being outdated (and sometimes don’t even work at all), you should avoid purchasing electronics from a yard sale. You’re better off buying these items brand-new or certified refurbished so that you don’t end up wasting money on an item that won’t work.

Item #6: Damaged Cookware

While you can certainly find gently-used cookware at garage sales, there are plenty of damaged pieces of cookware for sale. Be sure to carefully inspect any cookware before you purchase it, as failing to do so will result in frustrations and wasted money.

Summer Yard Sales: The Key to Success?

The temperatures are rising, kids are running around the neighborhood and parents have some time off. The ice cream truck rolls past your house in the dead of the afternoon. What does all this mean? It means that summer is here. And with summer’s arrival comes another milestone: garage sale season. That’s right, garage sales are at their peak in the warmer months of summer. While that might seem like an old wives’ tale, it’s actually the truth. So, if you’ve been planning on hosting a garage sale to get rid of some accumulated clutter and hopefully make a few extra bucks, now’s the time.

Why is summer such a popular yard sale time?

Because the weather is nice and many people have more free time in the summer, there’s a huge benefit to holding your yard sale in the summer. As long as you plan out your sale properly, you’re sure to gather a bigger pool of sellers in the months of June, July and August than you would in say November or December. Think about it, are you more likely to go shopping in someone’s front yard or garage when it’s a warm sunny day or when it’s cold and snowy? The answer is pretty self-explanatory.

How do you make your summer yard sale a success?

If you’re hoping to have a successful summer yard sale (and let’s face it, who isn’t hoping that their sale is a success), there are a handful of things you’ll want to be sure to do. Here’s the general overview of the steps you must take:

  • Sell the right items: You’ll want to make sure that the items you put up for sale at the summer garage sale are in-season and on-trend. This means that you should include summer clothing, summer toys or lawn games and even back-to-school items. Yes, that’s right. Kids will be going back to school in a few short weeks and parents will most likely be looking to get some school must-haves for cheap.
  • Plan the right day and weekend: You’re not going to want to plan your summer sales extravaganza for a holiday weekend. Many families head out of town to go camping or travel to visit loved ones over holiday weekends. That means that long weekends which may fall during Fourth of July and Labor Day are off-limits if you’re hoping to have a successful sale. You’ll also want to make sure that you hold your sale for at least two days to get the highest amount of potential buyers.
  • Advertise your sale: While it’s true that you’ll get a decent amount of foot traffic in the summer months, you can’t bank on that. Be sure to put up bright signs on busy corners and post about your upcoming summer sale on social media and community sites to increase the odds of having as many buyers as possible.


If you’re hoping to have a successful summer sale, you’ll need to make sure that you properly plan out a weekend for it, advertise it as much as possible and sell seasonal items. Good luck!

All You Need to Know About the 127 Yard Sale

Commonly referred to as “The World’s Longest Yard Sale,” the 127 Yard Sale is a yard sale and a tourist destination in one. Spanning 690 miles, the route of the 127 Yard Sale goes through six different states. These six states include Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama. The route primarily follows Highway 127, which is where the sale got its name. If you’re interested in shopping or participating in the 127 Yard Sale, read on to learn more.

Dates of the 127 Yard Sale

The 127 Yard Sale is an annual event that takes place in August. The sale typically spans four days, with most businesses along the route being open by 8 a.m. However, not every vendor tent follows those same guidelines, so it’s possible that if you’re there early, not everything will be open for business just yet. This year, the sale will begin on Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019 and end on Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019.

How to Shop the Sale

Thousands of vendors line up along the route to sell their goods. Typically, this means that the sales will take place in front yards, fields, pastures, empty lots, parks, town centers or side streets on or just off the main route. Be sure to check out the official map on the 127 Yard Sale website for more information.

There are some “Major Vendor Stops” that you’ll be able to see on the map. If you’re someone who doesn’t want to spend all day shopping, you should plan to visit these stops. These stops are typically large groups of vendors who’ve come together to sell all their items in one central location, giving you the best possible odds of finding as much as possible in a short amount of time.

You should treat the 127 Yard Sale like any other yard sale, bringing cash to make your purchases. While some vendors have started accepting credit cards, many are still cash-only. Don’t risk disappointment by not bringing cash to the sales!

Lodging on the Route

If you’re planning on driving the entire route, you’ll definitely need to plan accordingly for lodging arrangements. Because this event is so popular, you shouldn’t wait until the day-of to try to make a lodging reservation. On the sale’s official website, there’s a hefty list of hotels, motels, camping grounds and RV parks that you can check out in order to make a reservation.

Becoming a Vendor

If you’re someone who wants to sign up to sell at the World’s Longest Yard Sale, you can’t just show up on the day of the sale. You’ll need to go through the site’s sign-up process. The site even has a fact sheet that first-time vendors may find useful ahead of the sale’s start. If you’re well organized and follow the proper steps for creating a vendor listing, the odds of a successful sale are in your favor!


The World’s Longest Yard Sale is a cultural event that occurs every August. Whether you’re a shopper, seller or an adventurer, you’re sure to have a great time at this year’s 127 Yard Sale!

Mistakes to Avoid Making When Shopping at Estate Sales

Shopping local estate sales are a great way to score a deal on antiques and home goods in general. However, if you’re not an experienced estate sale shopper, there are a few mistakes you’ll surely want to avoid when you’re shopping. From reviewing the estate sale’s description and rules & regulations ahead of time to attending only one day of the estate sale, there are many things to be mindful of. Here are the top mistakes to avoid when shopping at an estate sale.

1. Being disrespectful.

There’s a clear distinction between a garage or yard sale and an estate sale. If you’re a novice sale shopper, you’re probably not quite sure how these sales differ. When you’re at an estate sale, the estate is trying to get rid of as much as they can while still making a lot of money. Many times, these estate sales are put on because of a death, divorce, downsize or debt, meaning that there may be emotional triggers. Be sure to be respectful when trying to negotiate a price and while in the estate.

2. Failing to do your research ahead of time.

In the age of the internet, it’s pretty commonplace for those holding an estate sale to post the event’s details and even pictures of big-ticket items online. If you’re shopping for a purpose and you don’t review estate sale photos before getting there, you may risk not reaching there early enough to stand in queue to get the items you really want. Or, on the flip-side, you may get to the sale and find out they don’t have anything you actually need, thus wasting your time.

3. Only attending one day of the estate sale.

Some estate sales span multiple days. Like semi-annual sales at big box retail stores often do, some estate sales will mark down the prices of items that didn’t sell on the first or second day of a sale. That’s why it’s important to make a mental note of items you liked, and even take a picture (if allowed), so that you can return on another day of the sale to see if the price has decreased at all. If you’re shopping for a vintage or antique piece, returning on another day of the sale will enable you to do your research on pricing to make sure you’re paying a fair price.

4. Bringing your children (furry or human).

Let’s face it—while they’re adorable and probably well-behaved 99% of the time, you shouldn’t bring your kids to an estate sale. Estate sales are rarely safety-proofed for children, and there are often priceless valuables around the home. Moreover, an estate seller might be offended if you try to bring your pet or child to an estate sale in their home. Don’t risk it by bringing them, arrange for alternative childcare in order to attend the sale by yourself or with other adults.


By keeping these four don’ts in mind, you’ll be well on your way of preparing to attend an estate sale. Remember, be courteous, respectful and do your research ahead of time.

Do’s and Don’ts of Yard Sale Display

Summer’s here and that means it’s time for yard sale season to begin. If you’re thinking about hosting a yard sale this year to get rid of unwanted clutter and make a few extra bucks, you’re in luck. We’ve put together a list of essential do’s and don’ts for yard sale displays. Read on to learn more.


Here are the things you must avoid doing when preparing for your yard sale:

  • Don’t waste time cleaning or prepping. Yard sale attendees expect to find clean goods when they look at your sale, but they’re not expecting your sale or your items to look like they’re in the Chanel store. So, you should definitely throw any old clothes in the wash machine and fold them, but you definitely don’t need to waste time ironing your clothes.
  • Don’t group items or racks too close together. Carefully plan out how you’re going to set up your sale ahead of time. Failing to do so often results in a cluttered sale space that will frustrate some buyers to the point of them leaving empty-handed.
  • Don’t sell recalled or damaged items. No matter how frustrating it may be that an item you once purchased is recalled or damaged, don’t put these unwanted items out at your sale. Bite the bullet and toss them in the trash.


  • Do group similar items together. An easy organizational hack for your sale doubles as a sale-boosting tactic. Separate all of the items you’ll be selling into groups, and clearly mark each group’s section at your sale. This will make it easy for shoppers to find what they’re looking for, making them happier to spend money at your sale.
  • Do place valuable items near the checkout. Moving your valuable items close to the checkout table is beneficial for a multitude of reasons. First, having these items close to you will allow you to keep a watchful eye on them to make sure they don’t go missing. Second, you may get people to impulsively purchase these items if they’re on their way up to register and something catches their eye.
  • Do place large items close to the street. If you’re selling furniture or any other hot, big-ticket items that aren’t easy to steal, place these items toward the end of your driveway near the street. Even if someone wasn’t planning on shopping your sale, if they see something that they like, they may stop and make an impulse purchase.
  • Do invest in advertisement and signboards. Advertising your sale and using well-made signs are a great way to boost your sales and spread the word. From signs that let people know where the sale is to signs that point out different sections of your sale, no one will complain about too much organization at your sale.
  • Do rearrange goods during downtime. There’s nothing worse than a messy and cluttered yard sale. When there’s downtime during your sale, be sure to spend that time rearranging goods instead of just hanging out. If it’s easy to find items, shoppers are more likely to purchase goods.


By keeping these tips in mind while planning and hosting your yard sale, you’ll be well on your way to a successful event. Best of luck!