If you’re like most homeowners, you probably have a lot of stuff cluttering up your home – and if you’re like most homeowners, you’d love to have a garage sale to get rid of all that stuff. But what do you do if you don’t have a garage? No fear – here are some tips for having a successful garage sale without a garage.
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How Can I Sell My Stuff Without a Garage?
Don’t have a garage? No problem. There are a few ways you can get rid of your unwanted gear even if you aren’t lucky enough to have a garage attached to your house.
Where Can a Garage Sale Be Held?
There are countless options for holding a garage sale – even if you don’t have a garage.
One option is to hold a garage sale at another family’s house. You can have a multi-family yard sale that will attract more buyers simply because there is a larger volume of goods for sale.
Just double-check with your town clerk or other departments that oversee yard sale regulations in your area to make sure the size isn’t an issue.
In some cases, you may be even able to have a garage sale “block party,” in which you get the entire neighborhood together to attract buyers.
Again, check with your local authorities to see if any permits are necessary – but know that in some cases, you may even be able to shut down the street to hold your large sale.
If you’re hosting a garage sale on your own, remember – you don’t have to have a garage. You can set up on the strip of land between the sidewalk and the street. Just make sure you don’t block the walkway or curb.
In some cities, you can set up in public parks or other communal spaces – and for a cut of your sales, you can partner with a nonprofit organization (like a church, arts group, or fraternal organization) that holds rummage sales and similar functions.
Flea markets and swap meets are options, too, but you’ll usually need to have quite a lot of stuff to sell in order to make it worth your time. Some markets charge as much as $70 for individuals to sell their goods – and that’s before the permits, taxes, and registration are factored in.
How Do You Set Up a Virtual Yard Sale?
If you really are crunched for space, don’t worry – you don’t even have to have a yard to sell your items.
You can set up a virtual yard sale!
Facebook is one of the best places to do this, but it’s not the only one. Other good options include Craigslist, OfferUp, VarageSale, and more.
You’ll simply list the items you want to sell (either individually or in groups) and mention your payment options and prices. Make sure the description and photographs are as clear and helpful as they can be.
Once your buyer purchases the item, all you have to do is arrange for pickup. It’s as easy as that!
Where Can I Rent a Space for a Yard Sale Near Me?
Even if you don’t have a garage or a yard, you can still have a garage sale. If you live in an apartment, ask a nearby church if you can rent a few of their parking spaces for $10 or $20 each.
Other places like schools, town offices, and other facilities regularly rent outdoor space to folks who want to sell their items, too.
You can always borrow a yard from a friend, too! If you have a friend who owns their own home, see if they’ll let you borrow their lawn for the afternoon. You can always offer to sell some of their stuff for them, too.
How to Have A Garage Sale in an Apartment
If you live in an area that has a lot of apartment buildings, it’s not uncommon to see yard sales lining the street. Sometimes, your apartment building’s management will let you do this right outside the apartment, but it may only be on predetermined days.
You can also set up, as mentioned earlier, in the space between the sidewalk and the street.
Contact your town or city hall for information on whether you can do this. They’ll let you know exactly where you can have a yard sale – particularly if you aren’t allowed to do it right outside your apartment complex. Make sure you don’t try to sell anything before you have a permit.
Many towns and cities also host community garage sales. These are great for getting rid of your unwanted items and since there are so many people selling, they tend to be pretty well-advertised, too.
Other Tips for Holding a Garage Sale With No Garage
One tip for holding a garage sale – garage or not?
Keep it organized. Think creatively and find ways to organize your items for sale so that it’s easy for customers to see what’s available.
Organize items by use, storing kitchen items in one section, kids’ toys in another, and clothing in yet another. Neatly fold or hang up clothing. Have clear signage in place so everybody knows how much things cost (or put no price stickers on your items and let people make their own offers).
Still not quite sure how to set up your yard sale? Whether you have a garage (or yard) or not, make sure you check out this video to give you an idea of how to arrange your items for the most profitable sales:
And if you just can’t find a way to hold a garage sale? It might not be in the cards. Try selling your items online, or at the very least, see if you can donate the items for a tax deduction. Your time is valuable – but sometimes, it’s just not worth it to arrange a sale if you don’t have a great space to do it in.
When you donate to charity, remember that all items must be in good or better condition – and you must get a receipt for your records. This way, your items aren’t piling up in your home and collecting dust, you can feel good about donating the items to someone who needs them – and you’ll get a bit of a tax break, too.
Where to Have a Yard Sale
Garage sales are a great way to get rid of unwanted items and make some extra cash. However, if you don’t have a garage, it can be tricky to find a place to hold your sale. These tips will help you host a successful garage sale even if you don’t have a garage.