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Tips for a successful garage sale

It's spring cleaning and garage sales season. Here are some Tightwad tips for how to get to most out of your Craigslist post and garage sale:

Be clear Most people on Craigslist are looking for something specific. Write a detailed headline for what you're offering, and don't use caps or symbols.

Balance creativity with clarity in your post Write a descriptive post about what you are selling. Include all item details and dimensions if possible.

Use lists When posting a garage sale, list all of the items for sale. Lists are also good for including details about particular items.

Include images Use your own pictures instead of linking to similar items on websites. People prefer seeing photos of the exact item for sale.

Price your item(s) fairly See what the market rate is for each item you are selling and be open to negotiation and bartering.

Share the event Don't invite strangers over when you're alone or invite anyone into your home. Keep your doors locked as you will likely be distracted during the sale.

Accept cash only Don't use a cash box; keep the cash on you.

Be open to meeting new people People often meet friends and significant others while buying/selling items via Craigslist. Be friendly!


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