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Garage Sale

Ah, the perennial garage sale. The favorite of homeowners, renters, families, and single people all over the world. The great thing about garage sales is that you don’t actually need a garage (who would have thought?). To make a garage sale effective, you first need to have stuff. This can be a problem if you’re a student living on your own or a traveler on the road who packs light. But even in these situations, you could team up with somebody and pool your items for a bigger sale.

You might have memories as a kid walking down the street and suddenly seeing a big bright sign with an arrow pointing down a corner. Where does it go? What treasures will you find at the end? Garage sales have been known for years as hotspots of interesting curiosities. You can really find pretty much anything at a garage sale, which means you can really sell pretty much anything at a garage sale, too. As they say, what is one man’s trash is another’s treasure. The ease of doing a garage sale is why we chose it for our Side Hustle Master List.

Concept

Have a Garage Sale

category

Home Products/Services

Takeaways

Requires interesting STUFF, but more importantly it needs to be well marketed (a good story tied to every item); ideally these garage sales should be in in a well-populated areas to get the most foot traffic

complexity

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Capital Required

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skill required

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time required

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return potential

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Maximize Profits

There is sure to be somebody who will buy your pair of 90s running shoes (with enough luck and patience). You also don’t need to have a lot of high-priced items. People love shopping at garage sales, they feel like they can walk away with a bargain.

To maximize the profits you can make at a garage sale, make sure you clearly display everything you have for sale, either on blankets on the lawn or tables. You can think like a salesman and bundle items together to get more things sold. There is an almost infinite number of ways you can do a garage sale.

Pro tip: flip items you buy at garage sales for profit. For some more ideas, check out the links below.

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