Clearing Items at the End of Your Garage Sale

You’re holding a garage sale to get rid of clutter and make a lot of money, but what happens when it’s the final few hours of the sale and there’s still quite a few items left for sale? Instead of panicking, keep these following strategies in mind to get rid of all your unwanted items like a pro.

During the Sale

Up the Hospitality

Providing free cookies and lemonade gives your kids a job, brings customers closer to the stuff you’re trying to sell, and encourages conversation. Refreshing your shoppers gives them good reason to stroll around a bit longer—and buy a bunch more!

Be Open to Bundles

If you have similarly themed items, sell them together. Someone may not want to buy a set of weights for $50, but they might change their mind if you throw in workout DVDs or a yoga mat. Or if you notice a customer holding multiple, unrelated items for a while, offer a discount if they buy it all.

Don’t Be Afraid to Bargain or Negotiate

Garage sales are a great way to test out our bargaining skills. And while you may have lots of bargaining experience as a buyer, selling isn’t something we get to try as often. Be kind, but firm, when an offered price dips below what you’re willing to take. Consider your options for selling the item elsewhere and proceed accordingly.

After the Sale

Now that the sale is over, it’s time to consider what you’re going to do with the items that didn’t sell. Surely, you don’t want them in your home anymore, but you don’t know what to do with them. Here are just a few ways that you can get rid of your items and either make more money  or donate to a worthy cause.

  • Take your garage sale online. Left with some stuff you think you can still sell? Post your items on online portals and or your local buy-sell-trade group on Facebook.
  • Visit your local consignment shop for cash. Take clothes, shoes and accessories to a consignment shop. If you can, choose to receive cash up front instead of a trade or after-purchase repayment.
  • Donate your items to a worthy cause. Of course, you can always drop your items at a thrift store like Goodwill or contact Habitat for Humanity to schedule a pick-up time.
  • Give your hard-earned cash a home. Count up your earnings and do a little celebration dance. Then sit down with your spouse to talk about how you’ll use the money. Be sure to include the cash as income in your monthly budget, and then put that cash to work!


A good yard sale gives you a jolt of money momentum. You can earn enough to pay for a quick summer vacation or polish off your starter emergency fund in a single morning. In the end, your house will be cleaner, and your wallet will be greener. This opportunity is closer than you think—in fact, it happens right outside your front door!