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Sunshine that lingers in the evening, birds singing and … garage sales. It must be spring.

If you are planning a garage sale, there are a few things that you need to consider as you get set up.

So, we asked the experts: What are some tips to get ready for a successful garage sale?

“The first thing you need to think about is whether you actually want a garage sale,” says Kristie Demke, president of Professional Organizers of Canada.

“It’s a lot of work, so you need to consider the hours you’re putting in versus the profit. It might make more sense to donate your stuff.”

If you are ready to go ahead with the sale, make sure that everything you plan on selling is in good shape, clean and in working condition.

The big sellers are kids’ clothing and toys, as well as household furnishings,” she says.

“Big-ticket items will often attract a lot of people, so mention this when advertising.”

Speaking of advertising, remember that you need to follow the city guidelines when you are posting signs for your garage.

Following the temporary sign bylaw of the City of Calgary (Bylaw # 29M97), only three garage sale signs can be posted, on the day prior to and the day of the sale.

You need to put your name on the sign, as well as your address, phone number and the date the sign was posted on the front of the sign.

Organize your items into categories.

Demke suggests good categories are: Kids, Sporting Equipment, Craft Supplies, Kitchen Dishware and Appliances, Household Furnishings and Games.

“Tables, benches and racks should be used to show everything off,” she says.

As you’re getting set up for the event, make sure to have a price on everything — you’ll be too busy to tell everyone how much things are.

“You will need a cash box with a small float when your garage sale begins, so you have change when the first person hands you a $20 bill for a 25-cent item,” Demke says.

“Also have an extension cord and batteries, so people can try out electronics.”

In the last hour of your sale, put everything on half price, she suggests.

“It’s better to get something for it than nothing at all,” she says.

“Arrange for a charity pick up at the end of the day. That way, you don’t have to bring everything back into your home.

“The point of a garage sale is to get rid of unnecessary things from your home — making money is just a bonus.”
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