Whether your income was recently slashed or you’re simply looking for some extra cash, learning how to supplement your income with garage sales can be lucrative and enjoyable. You may have driven past those homes that seem to have garage sales every weekend. You may have wondered where they find so much stuff to sell. The trick to supplementing your income with garage sales is to become a garage sale lover yourself.
By shopping garage sales for bargains, you can stock your own garage sale shelves with items that complement each other and are likely to sell for more together than they did when you bought them separately. By buying dilapidate furniture and fixing it up you can create a nice profit margin. Here’s a collection of ideas to help you supplement your income with garage sales.
Buy in Cheaper Neighborhoods
To supplement your income with garage sales on a regular basis you’ll have to hunt for bargains, then sell them at your garage sale. Visit garage sales in cheaper neighborhoods than yours, where homes are not as nice or as large. Items are likely to be cheaper there. You’ll be able to buy them cheaply then sell them for a profit in your garage sale.
Look for Sales and Closeouts
Sometimes you can find amazing deals on sale at craft stores, dollar stores or department stores. Though new and pristine, these items are priced to sell quickly because the store is looking to refresh its stock with something new. You can then supplement your income with garage sales by buying the cheapest items, but avoid expensive items no matter how good the deal looks, since garage sale buyers don’t like to spend a lot of money.
Buy Themed Items
The quickest way to supplement your income with garage sales is to increase the value of your stock. When you shop for things to sell in your garage sale, look for items that would go well together like knickknacks in the same theme, or nature paintings of the same motif. Sell the items as a set and the value of each individual piece will be higher because it will now look better.
Make Things to Sell
Develop a craft that you are good at and make items to sell at your garage sale. You can make dry flower arrangements, wood boxes, clay vases-whatever your passion. By mixing your creations along with your garage sale finds, you can create a feeling of an art fair and people will stroll your garage sale, taking their time looking at items. You’ll not only supplement your income with garage sales but enjoy the feeling of selling your own creations.
Buy Old and Make It Look New
An easy way to supplement your income with garage sales is to find items that are still sturdy and strong, though they look beat up and ugly. When the foundation is sound, you can easily fix up the external appearance and make old items look new again. This is especially true of old furniture that with a little sanding and paint can appreciate considerably in value.
Have fun supplementing your income with garage sales, hunting for bargains and pairing merchandise together. In addition to improving your finances, this lucrative hobby will help you get to know your neighbors better. For secrets to setting up your garage sale to be successful and profitable, read my article on how to have the best garage sale every time, or my article on how to sell with free online ads on Craig’s List.