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Getting Garage-Sale Ready

How to Make the Most of Selling Off Your Clutter

August 13 is National Garage Sale Day. So, if you've been looking for an excuse to mobilize your family to clean out the garage, the basement, the attic, here it is! A garage sale or a tag sale is a great way to get rid of unwanted stuff, and with summer more than halfway over, you probably have a very clear idea of the garden tools, summer toys, lawn chairs and the like that you are really never going to use any more.

Before you begin, here are a few suggestions, courtesy of Nancy Bock, Senior Vice President of Education at the American Cleaning Institute®.

  • Check the regulations in your area for having a garage sale. In some areas, you may need to purchase a permit and there may be restrictions on where you can post signs and distribute flyers.
  • Explore other ways to promote your sale. Possibilities include posting flyers on bulletins boards in supermarkets and similar venues; advertising in venues like the local newspaper (online and print editions) and on craigslist; and promoting it at online sites like, where you can advertise for free.
  • Dust off, hose off or wash the items that you plan to sell. Clean items are much more appealing to prospective buyers.
  • Go through the pockets of anything that you plan to sell so you don't unwittingly sell a "bonus."
  • People love multifamily or block garage sales, so see if you can rally friends and neighbors to join in.
  • A small "free" box for children will keep them busy while their parents do some real shopping.
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