Community Garage Sale Reinvented and Launched Anew

Linda Artac leads Landmark’s Self Expression and Leadership Program in Arizona, and she recently created a project to jumpstart and expand her local community garage sale. She wrote and article in the Lakes Log about the event and about how to run a success garage sale.

Lakes Nov. 8 Garage Sale fundraiser will be ‘going green’

Trying to “Go Green”? What could be more perfect than recycling those treasures! The Lakes Annual Garage Sale will be held on Saturday, November 8, 2008.

If you want to have your garage sale on November 8th, here are some things to remember:

1. Sign up at the Clubhouse and get your permit. The fee of $10, entitles you to the “official permit” to post on the day of the Garage Sale. Be sure to read the back of the permit as it contains important information and also be sure to post this permit on the day of the Garage Sale.

2. The Women’s Club does all the advertising, and decorates the entrances to The Lakes with signs and balloons the day of the sale.

3. Maps are made available at the Clubhouse the day of the sale. The map will help prospective buyers find their way to your house. If you want to be on the Garage Sale map, you will need to get your permit no later than Wednesday, November 5th.

4. We’ll have people walking the neighborhood on 11/8 asking for your permit. If you don’t have one, you can pay for one that day. this small fee is our way of helping to fund charitable contributions to community programs. The Lakes Women’s Club sponsors this event and all proceeds from permits are donated to local charities.

The Garage Sale is on Saturday, November 8th. The hours are 7:30 a.m. to approximately 1:00 p.m.

Still have unsold goods after the sale? Feel free to contact the charity of your choice, should you have left over items to donate or you can put them out on the curb Sunday evening for Monday’s November 17th pickup.

Sale Hints — Here are some tried and true guidelines that really work:

1. Mark all merchandise with a price. Haggling is permitted, but pricing an item gives an indication of what you expect to get for that item.

2. Try to arrange for easy access and monitoring. Children and pets like to come too. Keep this in mind when arranging your merchandise.

3. Stay available during the sale. It’s best to have at least two people available at all times.

4. Have ample coins and currency available. You could lose a sale for lack of adequate change. But be sure to use your common sense when offered large bills. Don’t take checks unless you know the person.

5. It is advisable to lock your doors to protect your not-for-sale possessions. Don’t permit customers to enter your home to try on clothes. Have a mirror outdoors.

6. Clothing sizes should be indicated where known and clothing displayed by groupings on a rack with hangers.

7. You can combine small items in boxes or baskets and price them singly or ing groups for the sale. For example: “Any item on this table for 50 cents.”

8. If you have “freebies” put them out as an added attraction.

9. Put large items at the end of the driveway. That attracts people to stop.

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