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National Garage Sale Day is Almost Here!

Every year, on the second Saturday in August, there’s a buying and selling bonanza going on in people’s garages, yards, driveways, and even community club houses, all across these good ‘ole United States! It’s called National Garage Sale Day and it’s just a few days away. Don’t wait until the last minute to get organized – a fatal mistake if you want to have the most successful garage sale you can.
I talked about this in my previous blog, 3 Tips for a Successful Garage Sale.
National Garage Sale Day is August 9th!

  1. Be sure to advertise
  2. Organize well in advance
  3. Price every item

Garage sales are big business. According to the website StatisticBrain.com, U.S. garage sales generate nearly 4.3 million dollars each week. Start organizing now so you can get your share of that. It doesn’t take much to set-up and run a successful garage sale, but it does take planning and effort.

Garage Sales this weekend!First, commit to actually having the sale. National Garage Sale Day is a great day to host your garage sale because there will already be lots and lots of garage sale shoppers on the road going from sale to sale. (Note: this does not negate the need to advertise – in fact, you need the biggest, best ad you can afford because you want people to come to your sale first before hitting everyone else’s, so place your free Garage Sale Ad now). If you are at all wishy-washy about having the sale then stop before you even get started. If you’re not fully committed then chances are you will not dedicate the amount of time you should.

Now, the real work begins.

Here are a few tips to setup your garage sale for the best results:

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  • Decide what you are going to sell. Don’t leave any nook or cranny untouched. From your garage to your closets, from your basement to your barn, from your tool shed to your attic, don’t miss anything.
  • Bring it all together to one spot, a “staging area”, if you will.
  • Clean the items! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been to a garage sale and it looked like someone just dug their treasures out of the ground. Ugh!
  • Determine if electrical or battery operated items work or not. This is important because you can ask more for a working item. Have access to an electrical plug so shoppers can test an item and feel confident they bought a working item.
  • Group like items together i.e. tools, toys, appliances, furniture (just like a department store does).
  • Bundle certain items together to sell as a set. For example, got a stapler and a box of staples? Put them together in a sandwich baggie and price them as a single item.
  • Plan out your “sales floor”. You want to be sure shoppers can maneuver through your treasures easily.
  • Get the necessary tables, shelves, racks, etc., to conveniently display your items in advance. Don’t wait until Saturday morning at the crack of down to pull them out. They may be in need of a cleaning, too.
  • Make a bank run by at least the day before and make sure to get lots of smaller bills and coins. The last thing you want is to lose a sale because you couldn’t make change for a $5!
  • Buy price stickers. A lot of people like blue painter’s tape which they tear into strips.
  • Do some research on average pricing for your area. Keep in mind, you want to price to sell! Garage sale shoppers are there for B-A-R-G-A-I-N-S so don’t expect to get what the item may actually be worth. A good idea is to shop some garage sales on the weekends prior to yours to see what the going rates are.
  • Fix your completed price stickers to your items well before the sale. You want everything done before you nod off the night before the sale so all you have to do the day of the sale is put your treasures out.
  • Wake up early on the day of the sale. A nice touch is to make a donut run and have free donuts for people who stop by your sale. If you do this, make a large “Free donuts” sign and put it in a very visible location. However, put the donuts in a spot where the shopper has to come through your merchandise to get to them. Set-up your sale and be ready for a hectic but fun-filled day meeting all kinds of people!

I hope you find these garage sale tips helpful. If you decide not to host a sale yourself, then be sure to be shopper instead and go Garage “Sailing”!

National Garage Sale Day is Saturday, August 9th!

Don’t forget to check out this week’s special Garage Sale-themed PennySaver for all of the local garage sales in your area. Also, download the free Actable™ App for iPhone or Android, and scan the special masthead for a surprise!


Jim Sampson, Private Party Advertising Manager at PennySaver USAJim Sampson is the Customer Support Manager at PennySaver USA, and is also PennySaver’s resident “Garage Sale Expert.” PennySaver USA is California’s leading resource in print, online, and mobile for hyperlocal advertising, local coupons, classifieds, and business listings.

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Valentine’s Day Icons Have Arrived!

PennySaverUSA.com is your home for online classifieds, and we want to provide you with all of the resources you need to make your ad as successful as it can be.

We’re happy to announce that our Valentine’s Day icons are back for a limited time! They’re a great opportunity to show some love to your ad, while simultaneously helping your ad to stand apart from the rest and garner more attention.

Adding a special Valentine’s Day icon to your ad will increase the chance of a potential buyer noticing what you have posted.

There are 3 Icon options available:

    Valentine's Day Cupcake Icon for your online classified ad.Valentine's Day Cupid Heart Icon for your online classified ad.

  • A delicious Valentine’s Day Cupcake Icon
  • The Attractive Valentine’s Day Cupid Heart Icon
  • Lovely Set of Valentine’s Day Hearts Icon

Valentine's Day Heart Icon Premium Package for your online classified ad.
And one Premium Package available:

  • Lovely Set of Valentine’s Day Hearts Premium Package

The cute icons will draw attention to any ad it’s on, but the premium package will go a step further. With the premium package, not only do you get the icon, but you also get a border and ‘featured’ placement at the top of our classifieds listings.

Happy selling and have a wonderful Valentine’s Day from all of us here at the PennySaverUSA.comPennySaver team!

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Tips for Placing a Garage Sale Classified Ad

Tips for Placing a Garage Sale Classified AdThey say baseball is is America’s favorite past time, but everyone knows that’s not true. America’s favorite past time is garage sales! Every year as soon as the first breezes of Spring begin to blow, before the first blooms begin to show their faces, they begin popping up everywhere, bringing millions of people out to search for bargains and antiques, baby clothes and Tupperware, and millions of others setting up sales to rid their homes of all the unwanted stuff that they probably bought at a, well, a garage sale. Like the seasons of the year, it’s an endless cycle.

If you’re going to be on the selling end this year and setting up your own sale you should know that there may not be any wrong way to do it exactly, but there are better ways. One of the first things to think about is of course getting people to come to your sale. And one of the best ways to do that is to post a free garage sale ad on PennySaverUSA.com. Many bargain hunters use the classifieds to find garage sales in their area and devise a plan of attack. Written well, a garage sale classified ad can be a very effective method of getting eager buyers to your door step. Here are a few things to consider when taking out an ad.

  • Include good directions. Nothing is more frustrating to a garage sale hunter to see only an address listed in an ad. Unless you live on a major street most people probably won’t know where the little drive in your subdivision is. Directions should be clear and easy to understand but also concise. Start out with a major intersection or well known landmark close to your home and write as though you were telling a friend how to get there, but again keep it brief and uncomplicated.
  • Make sure the date of the sale is at the beginning and stands out, and include what hours you plan on being open for business. You’re going to have early birds showing up no matter what but that’s just a part of the garage sale reality. It’s also a good idea to include a rain date if you have one.
  • Include a brief description of what types of items you’ll be selling. This doesn’t have to be long, but it should be as diverse as possible and directed at the widest range of interests, and written in a general way. If all you have are clothes, say so and what kind, no sense having folks show up looking for tools if you don’t have any.
  • Pictures aren’t really necessary for a garage sale classified ad. Everyone knows what a garage sale looks like. For most people looking for sales in the classifieds, it’s a “just the facts please ma’am” mentality.

A garage sale classified ad, written clearly and concisely with all the important details included can be the best way to insure you’ll have a successful, and profitable, garage sale experience.

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Enter our latest online contest: Tweet2Win – MOGASA Edition

PennySaverUSA is THE place to go if you have an online contest passion and we’ve got another outstanding one lined up for Wednesday, Sept. 28.

This online contest might be the most fun one we’ve had yet: Tweet2Win – MOGASA Edition.Tweet2Win: MOGASA Edition

PennySaverUSA and our new mobile garage sale app MOGASA are proud to bring you this online contest.

Both @PennySaverUSA and @Mogasanet will be tweeting garage sale treasure photos at 10AM, 12PM, 2PM, and 4PM pacific time. The first follower to guess the exact price of each item will win a $25 Walmart or Target gift card (you can pick)!

It’s actually quite simple to participate in this online contest. Just follow these steps and you’re in the game:

  1. Download the MOGASA app to your Andriod or iPhone. (Hint, you can use your PennySaverUSA username and password to log in)
  2. Follow @mogasanet and @pennysaverusa on Twitter and check our Twitter feed at 10AM, 12PM, 2PM, and 4PM for the treasure photos.
  3. Tweet your best guess of the price of our garage sale items to @mogasanet, @pennysaverusa

MOGASA is a FREE app that contains thousands of garage sale listings around the country. No longer do you need to drive around looking for garage sales, you can just pull up the ones closest to you right from your phone.

Reminder: Enter our Penny the Pig Trivia contest for a chance to win $250!

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Free Friday Part II: Nordstrom giving away eye care

Earlier, we highlighted a couple of free comedy shows that you could check out this weekend.

Here are some ideas for the day-time. Sure, you could use that time to take care of errands or do chores, but shopping just seems like so much more fun.

For those of us that are so inclined, Nordstrom is the place to be this Saturday. Nobody wants wrinkly eyes, but thanks to the department store chain, that’s one concern we can drop to the bottom of the list. Nordstrom is handing out a free sample of Lancôme US Génifique Eye Youth Activating Concentrate. No purchase is necessary.

If beauty products aren’t your thing, there are plenty of other great places to shop this weekend, and it’s free to look.

Peruse our garage and yard sale ads and you are bound to find one near you. Few things in life are better than going to a garage sale and discovering that one … or two … or 20 … magical items.

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Send your Valentine a Message in the PennySaver by Tweeting to the PennySaverUSA.com #pennyshout tag

There are 3 weeks left until Valentine’s Day! We want to encourage our readers to spend a moment to send a special message to their special loved ones for Valentine’s Day.

PennySaver Free Valentine's Day Greeting

To send you message through Twitter, just sign up for a Twitter account and enter a message and the zip code in which to publish the message. Add #pennyshout to your tweet and PennySaverUSA.com will monitor the #pennyshout feed and publish tweets, subject to space limitations, in the zip code provided.

If you prefer a more traditional way of submitting your message, you can do one of the following:

1) Call: 800-955-3333 to phone in your message. Somebody from our Private Party department will help you place your free Valentine’s Day greeting.
2) Fax: 760-599-1505 to fax in your message. Complete PennySaver Free Valentine’s Day Greeting form from our website and your message will appear in our Valentine’s Day issue on 2/9/11.
3) Mail: Fill out the PennySaver Free Valentine’s Day Greeting form from our website and mail to: ATTN: Valentine’s Day Greeting / Private Party, 1300 Specialty Drive Vista, CA 92805

If you call, fax, or mail in your greeting, you can also enhance your greeting with a blue headline with symbol for $6 or a blue shaded box with a black headline for $10.

The deadline to submit a message is Thursday, February 3 at 4:00pm. Tweets submitted past that deadline will be published in the following week’s issue.

You can also check out other people’s messages in our #pennyshout widget on the right column!

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Steals of the Week

Today we searched through the thousands of ads that we have on PennySaverUSA.com and came up with some great steals in the furniture, appliances and even musical merchandise departments! Take a look!

Check out this Kensmore Coldspot Refrigerator with Automatic Ice Maker on sale in Rancho Cucamonga, CA. If you’re in need of a fridge quick, $120 is a great deal!

Vintage furniture isn’t cheap, so when we see some on our site, we always try to add it to our Steals list! Two of these retro couches are located in Valrico, FL and are going for $295 each or best offer. If you’re in the area, check it out!

And if you’re wanting something with a little more flair for color, we found this blue rocker which would be perfect for a new mom to rock the baby to sleep at night.

Are you a drummer? If you are and you see this price on this Roland electronic drum set in Tampa, FL you’re not going to believe it! It comes with headphones and cables and is going for only $250! For what they cost new, this is insane!

Have you come across any really great finds lately? Tell us if so!

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Steals of the Week!

It’s Wednesday and it’s time for Steals of the Week! We have a range of Steals today, take a look!

This cream colored La-Z-Boy Chair in Palos Hills, IL is in excellent condition and is going for $150! That’s not much for the comfort that you’re purchasing!

Do you have a Batman fan in the family? When I was a little one, I would have loved this Batman TV and DVD combo! It comes just like new with the manual and remote. Holy Steal, Batman!

Have you been wanting to get into biking? Here is your chance, ladies! Check out this Dyno 18-speed women’s bike for $50.00, located in Crofton, MD. What a steal!

This Front Load Washer and Dryer in Wetumka, OK have been in storage for six months but are only about a year old, so use has been minimum. And they are gong for $600 as a pair. That’s crazy cheap!

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PennySaver Memories

PennySaver Memories

It’s the end of the year so we’re all feeling nostalgic. Especially when these PennySaver memories take us waaaay back. It’s good to know that PennySaver is always there and now, we’re excited to ring in 2011 and become not just the favorite source of local classifieds, but the best online classifieds site with PennySaverUSA.com.

Sit back and enjoy these wonderful stories of how the PennySaver has influenced our readers time after time. Here are our favorite memories from years and years ago that our readers have been kind enough to share with us.

When I moved to CA from NYC, I furnished my entire one bedroom from garage sales in 3 weekends. It was a ritual that I read through the Pennysaver every Wed. and mapped out 2-3 cities for my Sat. morning hunt. I would start out at 6:30am and even had to wait for owners to start the sale. It was so much fun and I found so many good deals, especially the moving sales. You have to hit them first. I also learned to haggle. My current complex holds annual garage sales and there are people waiting outside my garage before I open my garage door. It brings back memories of my earlier days! And I offer great deals! -Buena Park, CA

Back in the early 80′s my cousin was looking for a puppy. We looked through the Pennysaver and found an ad “puppies free to loving home”. We went and he found his puppy, but I too fell in love with the runt of the litter. She was a beautiful golden brown and was part Doberman Pinscher and part German Shepard. Needless to say, I came home with my very own puppy too. -Fullerton, CA

I remember seeing an ad in the PennySaver in September of 2002. There was a living room set, couch, loveseat, 2 end tables, coffee table, and 2 lamps all for $100. At this time, I had just moved into my first apartment and I was only 17 years old. I barely had enough money to do that with no job and all. The items were magnificent. I still look for items every week for my apartment. I also sell items becuase I know PennySaver is the best classified magazine out there! -Oak Park, CA

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Steals of the Week!

It’s that time again, Folks: Steals of the Week! We comb through the PennySaverUSA.com classified ads for the crazy deals on items posted from all over the county. We came up with some real doozies this week, read on!

Check out this Burton Snowboard on sale in San Diego, CA,that is going for only $65! It comes with Burton bindings that are 150mm. The bindings are Medium–Men’s boots 8 to 11 or Women’s boots 9 to 11. If you’re in that area, you can’t pass up that deal!

That future BMXer in your family might really appreciate this 12″ Hyper Motobike BMX Boy’s Bike! The owner says that it’s barely been used and looks great. It’s located in Corona, CA and is going for only $50!

With the New Year coming, why not invest in getting into shape? The Cardio-Cruiser might be a great way to get started! It’s located in Hayward, CA and is going for only $100!

Have you always wanted a big-screen tv but have never been able to afford one? Here is your chance! This 50″ Sharp television is located in Lawndale, CA and is going for only $99.00!

Have you found any steals lately? Comment below!

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