Garage Sale Tips and How to Make the Most Money

If you’re looking for garage sale tips, you’ve come to the right place!

I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one who finds fulfillment in turning unwanted clutter, stored clothes, and old house items into cash.

You can sell items on eBay, Craigslist, and selling apps like Poshmark, but the traditional garage sale is usually enough to do the trick.

The garage sale tips I’m going to share with you are based from personal experience, and have always worked no matter the season.

What Sells Best at a Garage Sale

In the past, I discussed quite a bit about product research and the best things to sell on Amazon, Etsy, eBay, and other online platforms.

Unfortunately, online selling is totally different to traditional yard sales. What sells best at a yard sale may not really sell successfully online…and vice versa. And that’s okay.

Items that sell best at yard sale include:

  • Tools – This can be anything from power tools to gardening tools, and everything else in between. These items sell like hotcakes on yard sales because they don’t get broken too easily, so even if the tools are used, they most likely still have half of their lifetime to spare.
  • Gently-used clothes and costumes – A yard sale shouldn’t include clothes that are no longer usable. As a general rule: if it won’t be usable for you, no other person will find it usable. Costumes are bestsellers, since most of them are only worn once or twice.
  • Shoes and bags – Kids shoes are quick sellers because children grow out of their sizes very quickly. Parents grab second-hand shoes on yard sales since they’re cheaper than new and rarely worn out. When it comes to bags, branded ones can be a hit, especially if you still have the original boxes or paper bags.
  • Jewelry – Selling real jewelry in a garage sale doesn’t really happen, but if you’re game for it, then do so. Many yard sale junkies, however, flock toward costume jewelry or other fashionable statement pieces, so price them appropriately.
  • Antiques and Artwork – Since many homeowners who have kept heirloom pieces may never know the real value of what they have, antique hunters and art collectors check out garage sales regularly in hopes of finding hidden gems. When selling art and antiques, try to find everything you can about the pieces before “laying them on a table.”
  • Books – If you have experience selling books on Amazon or any online platform, you know that there will always have a demand for books. Pile your books altogether in one spot and price them somewhere between $1 to $5.
  • Camping gear – Tents and other camping gear can be expensive. But since most people who have camping gear rarely use them, they’re sure-buys on garage sales.
  • Furniture and appliances – For many families that are just starting out, second-hand furniture and appliance are the only way to go, so if you have an old sofa you’re not using or a study table outgrown by your kids, not only are these a sure sell, but you’re also helping people out.
  • Sports and exercise equipment – Got some exercise equipment collecting dust? This can be anything as small as dumbbells or exercise balls, to something as big as a stationary bike. How about some sports equipment like golf clubs, basketballs, rackets, and so on? Know that they’re always in-demand.
  • Anything in bulk – Put stuff in a box (makeup, comics, toys, etc.) and sell them as a bundle. People love discounted items grouped together like a gift box.

Negotiations and Garage Sale Pricing

Garage sale pricing can be tricky, especially if you only do yard sales every couple of years. Buyers would likely negotiate – it’s the norm in yard sales, so you better be prepared and set your limits before opening your doors to the world.

Here are several things to remember when it comes to pricing:

1. Visit other yard sales in your area

Take note of the prices of items, so you’d have a feel for what people locally are buying and for how much they’re willing to spend for them.

2. Price everything before the garage sale starts

Get stickers and write down prices using a permanent marker.

Keep the price of big-ticket items like sofa or heirloom cabinets private (list them down in a notebook or on your phone’s notepad), so you have a starting amount when would-be buyers decide to negotiate price.

Place same-priced items in one spot.

Books priced at $1 each can go in a box.

3. Choose your stickers properly

Neon-colored stickers let buyers see price quickly.

Go with low-tack stickers, which area easier to remove from glass, paper, wood or porcelain.

If the garage sale includes items of your friends and family, various-colored stickers will make your job easier.

Double the sticker to every item, then whenever an item is sold, get the second sticker and put it in a column under your friend or family member’s name.

It’s a quick and easy way to keep everything accounted for.

Be considerate about collector’s items.

Don’t place hard-to-remove stickers on old album covers, windows of collectable toy boxes, and other areas that would de-value the price of the actual item.

4. Never shut down buyers who haggle

It’s part of the garage sale experience.

Add the word “firm” to price stickers for items that have non-negotiable pricing

Generally, clothes range from $1 to $5, while coats and formal wear go a bit higher (around $5 to $15). Shoes can be as low as $2 to up to $10, depending on the amount of wear. Jewelry can be sold as little as 25cents for costume jewelry and up to $20 for antiques.

Books, DVDs or VHS tapes of movies and music, toys, and vinyl records are usually $2 or less.

Kitchen items like knives, silverware, dishware, glassware, and other similar items are priced from $1 to $5.

Of course, those that come in sets (set of knives, 6-pc plate set, etc.) can get over $15 or more.

5 Awesome Garage Sale Tips for a Successful Yard Sale

To ensure your yard sale comes out successful, here are tried-and-tested garage sale tips you can follow:

1. Plan

Be smart about your garage sale.

Plan the date, season, day and time. People prefer to visit yard sales at the end of the week, so choose 2-3 days from Thursday to Sunday.

Go for the nearest weekend after the 15th and 30th (or the nearest payroll date in your state).

If you can start your sale early in the morning, it will attract more buyers with school kids going to school or adults off to work.

If they couldn’t stop by that morning, there’s a good chance they’d be intrigued and stop over on the way back.

And while you’re at it, check weather forecast as well.

Not only will rain cause a lot of hassle with things getting wet, the chances of people stopping over reduces significantly with bad weather.

2. Organize

Planning and organizing may not be the newest or coolest garage sale tips ever, but doing them will definitely make a difference in the outcome of your yard sale.

Doing so allows you to see all items for sale, make an inventory, and group them according to the categories you prefer, such as entertainment, furniture, kids section, sports, and so on.

Organizing items also make the yard sale look more appealing to the buyers.

You don’t want your second-hand items looking like they’re ready to be disposed, right?

3. Encourage your friends, family or neighbors to join

Ask your friends, family or neighbors join your garage sale. Don’t consider them as competition.

People are often drawn to a yard full of stuff, so the more items you include in your garage sale, the better turnout you’ll have.

4. Spread the Word

Traditional ways of marketing still work.

Aside from word-of-mouth, you can also send flyers around your city and put posters up at the community center (and in front of your house).

Of course, online promotions can help too! Make a listing on Craigslist, find your town’s FB page and post there, post on your Facebook (and buy credits to spread it to people who live near you) and so on.

Buyers won’t just visit your garage sale. You have to do a big of legwork to increase your chances of a successful yard sale.

5. Include other Fund-Raising Opportunities During a Garage Sale

If you’re planning a big garage sale, or a neighborhood-wide yard sale, you can make extra money by offering people with drinks, baked goods, snack, CR use, phone charging, and so on.

It’s a smart way to keep kids busy while their parents shop. Having a lemonade table, or a hotdog stand during the garage sale also encourages socialization, so if you’re looking for new friends, the yard sale will be an awesome experience.

The Future of Garage Sales

It’s always nice to know that we could sell things to make money the old-fashioned way, right?

As long as there’s no zombie apocalypse keeping people from going outdoors and socializing within the local neighborhood, garage sales will always be in fashion.

How to Start a Subscription Box Service Quickly

A subscription box service follows the subscription business model, wherein a product or set of products within a particular niche is bundled together and shipped to buyers.

Because subscription boxes are pre-paid by customers, the company can deliver the boxes at a set date monthly, bi-monthly, quarterly or yearly.

In the United States alone, there are about 500 different kinds of subscription boxes.

They have varying prices, frequency of delivery, number of items included, and brands, which is why subscription boxes could cost somewhere from $5 to $200.

How Do Subscription Boxes Make Money?

Making money with a subscription box service is actually easy to explain.

Once you developed an idea, you source products to include into the box and estimate cost-per-box.

Let’s say you want the box to be priced at $25. You then find products to include in your box, compute fees on packaging, overhead and shipping and add all these expenses. The difference is your profit.

The more people you attract to buy a subscription, the higher you get to take home.

Of course, to add to your company’s revenues, you can incorporate other techniques like finding ex-deals from brands, negotiating prices of products directly from the factory or creating more types of subscription boxes.

Most Popular Subscription Box Service

Cratejoy is a directory of subscription box services, so if you’re just looking around and don’t know what to expect, this site is a pretty good resource.

Best Subscription Boxes for Men

The Loot Crate is a fantastic subscription box that mixes men’s apparel with accessories like pins and ties, along with other pop-culture toys. You can even choose which fandom you prefer to receive.

Stitch Fix Men ($20+prices of clothes/mo) is a service for those who don’t like shopping. Personalize your style choices, add sizes and other preferences, then surprise yourself with a couple of hand-picked clothing items to make a complete wardrobe.

Other clothing-specific brands include Society Socks ($10/mo), Watch Gang ($30+/mo) and undies from Basic Man ($20/mo).

>The Tie Bar($199/year) sends 1 tie a month to update your wardrobe.

Aside from clothes, men’s choices for subscription boxes also include grooming:

  • Dollar Shave Club($9+/mo) bundles everything shaving related (razors, creams, and so on) each month so shaving will never be forgotten.
  • Walmart’s Mr. Dashing ($10/mo) lets you test drugstore classics on a monthly basis.
  • Birchbox Men ($10/mo) comes from one of the oldest subscription box service companies in the U.S.

Best Subscription Boxes for Women

Stitch Fix is also available for women, as well as Trunk Club (Nordstrom’s personal styling service). There are also clothing-specific boxes, such as The Lingerie Box ($50/month).

The subscription-based industry is even inclusive. Gwynnie Bee is a women’s clothing subscription box that caters to sizes 10 to 32. How about some workout clothes from SweatStyle ($25/mo) or Running Bird ($40/mo)?

  • Beauty: Birchbox ($10/mo) sends you a box full of sample-sized products to try out beauty products before they hit the stands. Lip Monthly ($10/mo) delivers a monthly supply of everything lippies.
  • Skincare: BeautyFix by Dermstore ($25/month)
  • Jewelry: EarFleek brings a pair of earrings straight to your door each month at only $3.50/month. mintMONGOOSE offers customized jewelry for $12/month.

Best Subscription Boxes for Kids

Kids have some of the coolest subscription boxes around.

The BRICKBOX Club ($19.99/mo), for example, sends buildable legos and mini-figs to kids.

Superpower Academy ($26.95/mo) is an educational box aimed at inspiring and empowering the next generation of leaders.

Science kits like Club Scikidz Labs ($29.95/mo) and Groovy Lab in a Box ($24.95+/mo) are a favorite of kids ages 3 and up.

Those who love arts and crafts will go gaga for kits like the Mrs. Grossman’s Sticker Club ($12.95/mo), We Craft Box ($29.99/mo), GIRLS CAN! CRATE ($18.50/mo), or Green Kid Crafts ($17.95/mo) make it easy for parents to play and work on projects with kids.

Food, Books, and other Subscription Boxes

Of course, there are also other categories of subscription boxes, such as:

Food, condiments, spices

SpiceBreeze ($5.60+/mo) introduces you to several spices from around the world each month.

Hot Sauce of the Month Club ($14/mo) is perfect for chileheads looking for the hottest of hot sauce in the world.

Freshly’s chef-prepared gourmet meals ($50/week), a box of sweets from Candy Club ($19 to $30/mo), a box of snacks from MunchPak ($10/mo), wine pairings from Wine Down Box ($70/mo), and exceptional meat choices from SumoJerky ($29/mo) and Carnivore Club ($50/mo) are just some examples of foodie subscription boxes.

There are even diet-specific food boxes, such as the American Gluten Free ($25-$37/mo) or Keto Box ($40/month) for those who wish to eat more healthy.


Even your dogs and cats can get some regular loving from subscription boxes.

BarkBox ($21/mo) delivers toys and treats for your dogs, while KitNipBox ($20-$30/mo) is exclusively for cats. Similar services are Surprise My Pet ($30/mo) or the vet-approved pet boxes VetPetBox ($35-$50/mo).


Once Upon a Book Club ($34.99/mo), Kids Bookcase Club ($9.99/month) and ComicCrate are just a few examples of book-themed subscription boxes.

How to Start a Subscription Box Company

Now that you see what kind of subscription box services actually sell, let’s talk about getting one setup.

The success of a subscription box service is mainly because of the convenience it gives to consumers.

If you’re interested in joining the subscription-based ecommerce, here’s a quick guide:

1. Start planning

When planning your subscription box company, you have to decide the type of box you want to bring to the market.

CrateJoy updates a list of subscription box ideas that haven’t been made into reality, or lack representation in the market.

Determine the type of box you want: food, beauty, education, pets, hobbies, lifestyle, tech, and so on. Once you’ve chosen your niche, you’d probably have an idea about your audience as well.

2. Brainstorm ideas

After you’ve decided on the major category, you have to conduct deeper research (especially with competition).

Is there a subscription box already in this category?

Would you provide a better service if you launch yours?

What’s the demand for the product you want to sell? Are people clamoring for it? Or just a small market?

Because subscription boxes are ordered online, research can be exclusively done online too.

3. Research products

Now that you’ve figured out what kinds of items you want to include in a box, it’s time to source your products.

Do you prefer high-quality, branded products? Or do you prefer white label products that you can stick your own label onto?

You can go straight to companies in hopes of getting lower-priced deals. Sometimes, you can even bring their new products into your box free of charge.

Some boxes have products custom-made. For example, a razor that’s cheap, but works better than the branded ones, will become a bestseller once proven quality-made.

4. Set up your company’s online presence

You need to have a website with a secured payment system for accepting credit cards and other payment methods. If you don’t want to bother with a website, you can dip your toes and try out your product in a marketplace listing on CrateJoy.

Whether you choose a website, marketplace listing, or both, this platform is where people will check out everything about your product, register and subscribe to your service, and contact you if there are problems in the future.

And while you’re at it, make sure you get every major social media covered as well. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and LinkedIn should be a part of your marketing plan. They’re free to open and widely effective in spreading word about a product, so take advantage of them.

5. Expand

A subscription box service is tricky because although customers want to receive the box at a specific day of the month and expects it to include clothing or makeup or haircare products, or so on, they still love the “surprise factor” of it all.

As such, you’d have to learn how to keep up the mystery, keep your subscriber base happy and grow your number of customers in the process.

Mix it up every now and then by adding a product not within that niche. Check feedback of your clients. And always always bring quality product to the market.

The Future of Subscription Box Services

Are subscription boxes a fad?

Well, this subscription-based commerce business model is still relatively new.

The earliest boxes recorded were in 2004 (“The Sampler” with craft and art products) and 2005 (“Granny’s Attic of Mobile” with painted ponies collectables).

In 2016, Unilever acquired the popular subscription box brand “Dollar Shave Club” for a billion dollars and the industry went wild. Many box services were launched soon after – many of which are still available today.

I say if you have a cool subscription box idea that fills a void, and there’s a continuous need for that product, then go for it.