I'm letting my sister, Lindee, take the floor on the blog today since she and her hubby spearheaded our garage sale fundraiser this past weekend.
The garage sale fundraiser was Thursday - Saturday.
Grand total: $1002.84!!
What was the best idea implemented at the garage sale?
Reaching out to family and friends to let them know we were doing this as a fundraiser.
Lots of people had items -- some had a lot, some had a few -- that they didn't want or need anymore.
And some people were happy to empty their closets!
What was a waste of time, or something you wouldn't do again?
I can't think of anything that was a waste of time.
Pricing the items took a lot of time - 85 percent of items were less than a few bucks!
TIP: If family members are participating, see if they'll price donated items before dropping them off !
It took a LOT of time to put it all together.
Tagging each item and going through boxes of donated items was the most time-consuming.
And then trying to organize that many items.
We made sure to post signs about the garage sale being an adoption fundraiser.
This triggered a LOT of wonderful conversations and support from complete strangers!
Price items in 25 cent increments.
We had LOTS of things that were 25 cents or 50 cents.
A majority of our items were under a dollar.
All of those little purchases add up.
It is very true that one person's "junk" is another person's treasure.
Don't throw away ANYTHING before trying to sell it.
I was shocked at some of the things that sold!
By the third day, things were pretty picked over, so
EVERYTHING was 50 percent off.
We got rid of a lot of items in the last 30-minutes!
-On the last day, offer 50 % off. Items that don't have a price-ask for an offer.
-Sell cold bottled water for a dollar-especially in this heat.
-Have someone bilingual in English & Spanish (it was a huge plus for our sale).
-Advertise online (we used Craigslist and the Des Moines Register).
-We had a canopy tent for the "check-out area." It worked out well, so we could stay in the shade and out of the way.
-Use an old school desk to hold your extras: price tags, bags, tape, markers, brochures, money, etc.
-Post a sign describing the fundraiser. People are less likely to barter prices knowing it goes to a specific cause.
-Waterproof your signs.
-Get TONS of plastic bags. We had hundreds and used every last one of them!
-After a sale, throw in a flyer with a link to your blog/additional ways people can help if they're interested.
I am still amazed at how successful our garage sale adoption fundraiser was this past weekend!
To all the family members and friends -- even strangers in Des Moines -- who donated their treasures
for us to sell: THANK YOU!
And special thanks to my sister, Lindee, and her hubby, Phil, who organized this fundraiser and lived to tell all about it!
We're so grateful...