Saturday, April 25, 2015

Tips: Get Ready for Garage Sale Season

Tips: Get Ready for Garage Sale Season

With spring cleaning season soon upon us, homeowners want to be out with the old and in with the new. During this time of transition, there’s no shortage of garage sales to help turn one person’s trash into another person’s treasure. To host a successful garage sale, The Lehigh Group, maker of Crawford®-brand garage and home organization products, offers the following tips:

Time it right – Many neighborhoods schedule an annual date on which all homes can participate and will promote the date on your behalf. If your neighborhood doesn’t set a date, consult local newspapers for upcoming community events in order to plan around them. Some say a weekend around the first or fifteenth of the month is most profitable, but if you’re competing with the town fair or a festival, live entertainment likely will trump your toddler’s toys.

Stage for a sale – Plan the layout of your merchandise with customers in mind. Staging similar items together, like children’s toys on a small table or electronic items near an outlet for testing, will help bargain hunters to hone in quickly on items they want.

Organize for safe shopping – Rummage shopping trips often are family outings, so make sure outdoor and garage items are secured out of children’s reach and cords are tied up to reduce tripping hazards. Crawford organization products – such as the new Safe-Mount Mobile Caddy – help homeowners solve a number of organizational challenges. The Caddy features mesh pockets that are ideal for holding odd-sized items and a durable mounting wall bracket for easy storage off the ground – helping to create a safe garage and a streamlined shopping space.

Be inviting, but cautious – Greeting guests as they arrive offers a chance to quickly evaluate whom you’re letting near your home and valuables. Be available for any questions they might have about the merchandise, and reassure the quality of goods by allowing customers to test or examine them before purchasing. Always monitor shoppers and keep an eye on higher-priced items, especially if they’re placed near the street.

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