Just about anything and everything can be sold at a garage sale (see Inventory List). The more items you offer at your garage sale, the more you are likely to sell. And, the larger your display, the more shoppers you will have. You will need plenty of surfaces to organize and display your items neatly. Below are some ideas to help you maximize your space and find usable display surfaces in and around your house.
Benches - They aren't just good for barbecues, drag that picnic bench off your patio and put it to use.
Blanket - Neatly spread a solid colored blanket on the ground to display items. Make sure it is plain so you don't detract from or camouflage your items.
Board - Take Polaroid pictures of larger items (i.e., furniture, car, etc.) and display them on a board during your sale instead of moving the heavy bulky item.
Bookcases - Great space savers! They usually have 6 to 8 shelves, which increases your vertical space, taking up very little of your selling footprint.
Boxes, Flat - Small flat boxes (the kind cases of soda or water come in) are good for displaying smaller and/or grouped like-items well. These are great for displaying books and videos, they stack and line up perfectly on their sides, with the labels and bindings facing up of course. Plus those that don't sell are an easy pack up as they are already boxed.
Cabinets - If you have any old unused cabinets in your garage or basement, put them to use.
Chain - String a chain between two points, pull it tight, place hangers within the chain links to hold and display clothing. The links will keep items neat and separated whereas on a rope they would all slide down towards the center.
Clothes Rack - Great for hanging clothes, curtains, shades, etc.
Cork board - Jewelry can be pinned to a cork board for a nice organized and easy to see display. This will also help keep chains from becoming tangled.
Dish Drainer - An old dish drainer is wonderful for displaying pictures and plates.
Display Case - You can easily make a display case to hold your small items, jewelry, or collectibles by lining a flat box (the kind cases of soda or water come in) with paper or cloth and covering it with a piece of Plexiglas.
Door - An old unused door propped up on sawhorses, blocks, or two trashcans becomes an instant table.
Fabric Bulletin Board - Jewelry can be pinned to a fabric covered bulletin board for an organized and easy to see display. This will also help keep chains from becoming tangled.
Fence - A chain link fence is great for hanging clothes. Just loop the top of the hanger through a link. You can display many items without taking up your valuable table space.
Folding/Card Tables - Great space savers that can be folded away once the items are sold and cleared off.
Garage Storage Racks - These are great! They usually have 4 to 5 shelves, which increases your vertical space, taking up very little of your garage or yard room.
Picnic Table - They aren't just good for barbecues, drag that picnic table off your patio and put it to use.
Plywood - Turn a sheet of plywood into a functional table by propping it up on saw horses, blocks, or trashcans. For safety purposes be sure they are sturdy and well anchored.
Porch - If you have a porch at your site you can utilize the flat space and railing for a display surface.
Shelves - Unused shelves in your garage can be placed on sawhorses, blocks, or two trashcans to make extra tables.
Table - Any square, round, or rectangular table can be utilized. Your dining room, coffee, and end tables will do. Just be sure to mark them "NOT FOR SALE" if they aren't.
Walls - Take advantage of any retaining wall or available space around your flower bed perimeter.
Zip-lock Baggies - Game pieces, small toys, and like-items that you are selling as a lot can be kept together and viewed easily through the clear bag.
There are establishments that rent tables for a nominal fee. Check with your local churches, clubs, community center, friends, work areas, etc.
If your display surfaces are rough or dirty, clean and cover them with cloth or paper (a roll of butcher paper works well). If you cover them, use something plain so you don't detract from or camouflage your items. Well-displayed merchandise looks cleaner and well cared for, adding to its perceived value.
For more great detailed and useful techniques
order Garage Sale Guide to Gold today!