It’s getting close to that time of year again: spring cleaning and then garage sales! It only makes sense to scale down, get rid of clutter, regain space and see your garage anew.
To help us think about this task and as an aid to actually doing some things in that direction, we talked to the people from The Lehigh Group. They make some very nice products to help you organize, keep your garage sale funds together safely, and shield valuables–keep them hidden and protected.
Q.: Should the seller be expected to haggle?
A.: Be ready to bargain: Many garage sale shoppers get a kick out of bargains (and bragging about it afterward); this is their opportunity to negotiate the cost. Expect customers to offer less than they want to pay with the hope of agreeing on a price in the middle. Garage sales are great for downsizing and getting organized, so be willing to bargain and let things go at a lower cost than originally marked.
Q.: What type of things should I do to prepare for a garage sale?
A.: Take precautions and make a safe shopping experience for customers. De-clutter your garage before the sale starts to help prevent trips and accidents as people rummage through your items. Crawford has organization products–for example, the new Safe-Mount Mobile Caddy. This handy caddy helps homeowners solve a number of organizational challenges. There are mesh pockets ideal for holding odd-sized items and a durable mounting wall bracket for easy storage off the ground.
Q.: How best to display the items for sale?
A.: Organize using zones: Separate the garage into designated areas to display each category of items, such as clothes, books and toys. An organized arrangement of the merchandise will help improve the shopping experience and boost your sales.
Q.: Any other tips?
A.: Work with another person and safeguard your funds. Make it easy to secure your money and still be able to get into an accessible spot. The First Alert Cash Box is a great item for this as it has seven compartment trays for easy organization, or check out the Deluxe Security Box with Cable, which includes a 48-inch security cable that can be attached to stationary objects for further protection.
Q.: Am I ready?
A.: A couple final ideas: keep change in your cash box and have clean boxes and plastic bags so customers will be able to cart their treasures home with little problem. And have fun!
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We received a Safe-Mount Mobile Caddy and it is great! A hard-working storage vehicle that can be used anywhere inside, in addition to the garage, workshop and for outside tasks. We think it’s cool that there is a knee pad included (work always involves getting “down”), and in addition to the mesh pockets that hold odd-sized items, there is a towel-bar to air dry rags.
If you have flammables, this caddy can be mounted to keep them away from pets and tiny hands. Check it out at your local Ace Hardware store, we highly recommend it.