Board games: $0.25 - $3
Dolls: $0.50 - $4
Stuffed animals: $0.50 - $3
Video games: $1 - $10
Books (paperback): $0.25 - $1
Books (hard cover): $1 - $2.50
VHS tapes: $1
DVDs: $3 - $5
CDs: $0.50 - $3
Televisions: $10 - $30
DVD Players: $15 - $30
VCRs: $10 - $15
Clock radios: $2 - $3
CD Players: $10 - $15
Laptops: $20 - $150
Children’s shirts: $0.25 - $1
Children’s pants: $0.50 - $2
Children’s shoes: $1
Jeans: $2 - $4
T-shirts: $0.50 - $1
Sweatshirts: $1 - $2.50
Dress pants: $2 - $4.50
Sweaters: $2 - $4
Dresses: $3 - $10
Shoes: $1 - $4
Jewelry: $0.25 - $2
Plates: $0.25 - $2
Pots and pans: $2 - $10
Glasses: $0.10 - $1.50
Plastic food containers: $0.10 - $1 per piece
Complete sets (dishes, pans, etc.): $5 - $25
Silverware (complete set): $10 - $20
Lawn mower: $50 - $75
Snow blower: $50 - $75
Grills: $20 - $75
Cribs: $50 - $100
Changing tables: $30 - $75
High chairs: $15 - $35
Coffee tables: $20 - $75
End tables: $15 - $35
Lamps: $5 - $20
Table and chairs: $50 - $200
Lawn furniture (table and chairs): $25 - $100
Pricing can be set at about 1/3 the retail brand new cost to you. Obviously, some
items will not yield 1/3, such as clothes or books.
Garage Sale Tips
Choose what you want to sell. You should try to have a big variety of items. Many collectors and dealers frequent
garage sales, so don't be afraid to include one of a kind type items. (Ex: one single glass or one individual dish)
Displaying your items can make the difference in sales. Neat displays and groupings are recommended. Be certain all
your items are clean and dust free. Long narrow portable tables work great too. Every item should be priced and easy to
read. I recommend using easy to remove price tags. There is nothing more disappointing than finding an item you would
like to purchase at a sale and the seller has added the price directly on the item in black marker.
Display some good merchandise towards the road. Items such as men's things like tools, lawn equipment, weights,
electronics etc are good to encourage the men to stop when the wife may want to stop as they are driving by. Also, add
some good stuff visible from roadside. It needs to look worthy of stopping. I know when I drive by a sale and peek from
the car, if it looks like a pile of clothes or junk from the road, I won't even bother stopping.
Be sure to place breakables towards the back of tables or higher for protection against breakage. You need to think about
parents that bring children with them.
Adult clothing can be tough to sell. You should arrange them neatly and according to size. If you price each Item and
hang them up, they tend to sell faster.
It is sometimes beneficial to have current ads of items and what they cost new. This can serve as a comparison to how
good your deal is for the buyer. If you don't have an ad, a simple index card stating retail value is a good addition.
Be sure to have lots of change for your sale. Don't forget lots of coins, dollars, and a calculator. Also, think of how to
wrap things. (Like newspaper for breakables, couple spare boxes, and grocery bags) If you don't have a portable cash
box, a fanny pack is a good way to keep money safe. Have receipt book for those who request a receipt.
Don't accept any checks. That is too much of a risk.
Be sure to have an electrical source. This is for people to test any electrical items you have for sale. Maybe consider
having these items plugged in already.
Be prepared to haggle, so set your prices accordingly. Don't allow anyone to intimidate you. Be firm and don't reply in
an uneasy or uncertain tone. If they ask you for something for a quarter and it's clearly worth more than that, just say
nicely my price is firm on that item, I feel it is worth what I am charging or counter offer them and say I am willing to accept
this for it.
Consider selling some refreshments. Many people are going from sale to sale and it gets hot. I have been to several
block sales where neighbors have had even hotdogs and chips.
Be sure to have a sign posted that says “all sales are final”. This will protect you later.