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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:


  • 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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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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Garage Sale Tips: How to Handle Weather Complications at Your Yard Sale

Your neon signs are eye-catching and amazing; you’ve priced and made an inventory list of your merchandise, and everything is organized for a beautiful presentation. Your garage sale is set to be perfect, but uh-oh those are storm clouds on the horizon. Before panic sets in, turn to our garage sale tips for weather complications. We’ll get you through the bad weather with a smile.

Handling Weather Complications at Your Garage Sale

Don't be like this man.

Weather tip 1: Always have your garage sale on a Saturday

If you’re only going to garage sale for one day, make it a Saturday. This way, if bad weather rolls in Saturday, you can just move the garage sale to Sunday. Easy as pie.

Weather tip 2: Check the weather a few days before

If the forecast is calling for hail, tornadoes, and flash floods, there’s no reason to put all the work into setting up your yard sale. Be a smart seller and check the forecast.

Weather tip 3: Have a few pop-up canopies and tarps on hand

If you’re going to become a regular garage seller, it’s a good idea to invest in a couple pop-up canopies and tarps. One, because they provide shade on sunny garage sale days, and two, if it’s just lightly sprinkling, you can use them to protect your merchandise.

Weather tip 4: Wait the weather out

If the skies are looking threatening, but you’ve already put the hard work into setting up, challenge the skies to a staring contest. Show the clouds you can put on a mean mug, too, and give them twenty minutes or so to blow over. But if you see thunder or lightning, pack it up – better safe than sorry.

Weather tip 5: Move it indoors

If the weather won’t budge and you have the space, try moving your garage sale indoors to a garage or carport. Bad weather will decrease your number of shoppers, but as Yardies.com says, shop-aholics “will go anywhere at any time for a good shopping deal.”

Sometimes the weather is just going to be bad, and there’s no way around it. In case this happens we recommend moving your sale to a sunnier weekend and curling up with a bowl of popcorn and some good reads like the garage sale tips blogs from PennySaverUSA.com.

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How-to throw a killer Super Bowl party on a budget

PennySaverUSA’s garage sale mobile app MOGASA will provide a guest blog post each Tuesday. Enjoy …

The biggest television event of the year is coming up this Sunday and you want to throw a party, but you just don’t know how to fit it in under your miniscule budget. Fear not! MOGASA (download now on iPhone or Android) is here with a few tips to help you host a killer Super Bowl party without breaking the bank to do so.

Simply follow these four steps and your Super Bowl party is bound to be a success.

  1. The TV is the star — The real key to any Super Bowl party is making sure all guests have clear visibility of the television. The main attraction of the evening is the TV, after all. You don’t need to buy a fancy new TV or stand, though. As long as you set up your current TV in a place that can be seen by all guests without obstruction, everyone will be happy. Just remember not to make the rookie mistake of putting the food or drinks in front of the television. That’s an automatic 15-yard personal foul penalty and might result in your guests ejecting you as host.


    Chips are a must at any good Super Bowl party.

  2. Stick to cheap comfort food – Exotic foods certainly have their place (who doesn’t love watching Iron Chef America), but a Super Bowl party isn’t one of them. Chips, burgers, hot dogs, French fries, pizza … those are the types of food you want at your party. And you don’t have to spend much to get them. Check out our Extreme Couponing blogger all-stars and read your local PennySaver. Then go to the grocery store with a strategy. If you use coupons and shop smart, you should be able to get all the food you need at a very low cost.
  3. Homemade decorations – It’s really not necessary to go out and buy party supplies for your Super Bowl party. You probably have everything you need right in your closet. Dig through your old stuff for anything blue (Giants) or red (Patriots) and use that stuff to decorate. To add a little flair, you can use MOGASA to find and visit some local garage sales on Saturday, and buy used football paraphernalia to accent the blue and red.
  4. Prizes – One of the easiest ways to keep people interested during your Super Bowl party (even if the game is a dud) is to have prize giveaways. For example, let everyone draw players names out of a hat and whichever player scores first, the person who picked his name wins a prize. The prizes don’t need to be fancy – think nerf footballs, koozies, playing cards, or other fun items you might have lying around the house you never use – but the point is having these types of fun little games throughout the party help build and maintain a festive atmosphere.

Now for the most important step of all that is completely free:

5. Have a good time – If you are enjoying yourself, everyone else will, too!

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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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PennySaver Memories

As many of you know, especially our California readers, PennySaver is a brand that has been a part of millions of lives for 48 years,  is in over 700 local editions, and is mailed to 95% of the residents in California. And because of this, there are a great deal of stories that we hear from our readers about how the PennySaver shaped their lives. We want to share a few of these every week with you here on our PennySaverUSA.com blog.

Penny Saver is a Life Saver. I fell in my bathtub and made a big hole in the floor of it. I was so upset , not because I fell, but because of the cost to repair the bathtub. Then a friend suggested to me “Why don’t you put an ad in the Penny Saver to get some extra cash” to fix the bathtub. Sure enough. Through the ad from the Penny Saver (or Life Saver, as I call it now),  I was able to get enough money for the repair and even had money left over to buy a rubber duckie. Thank you so much, Pennysaver-The Life Saver.  -Valencia, CA

Three years ago I found a cockatiel under a desk in my backyard. I put up fliers and on online classified sites, to no avail. Then I called PennySaver, placed an ad in the lost and found, and the young cockatiel was reunited with it’s owner. It had flown from North Park to La Mesa unarmed,  just a little scared.  -Spring Valley, CA

Years ago, I won a 4pack of Castle Amusement Park tickets through the PennySaver. I took my grandsons and they had the time of their life. It was so wonderful for them (and us), considering at the time there was no way we could afford Disneyland or pretty much anything for them. It was truly a blessing. THANKS AGAIN, we’ll never forget it. -Victorville, CA

I love Wednesday, that’s when my PennySaver comes in the mail! The PennySaver has the best ads for yard sales. I get my pad of paper out and write them down. My favorite PennySaver memory is the great find I found at a yard sale. It was a box of jewelry that I bought for $ 10.00. Well, in the jewelry box was a 1 carat diamond ring!  A REAL ONE!  That was 5 years ago and I gave it to my daughter when she had my 1st granddaughter. Thanks PennySaver, I LOVE WEDNESDAY!  -La Mirada, CA

Do you have a favorite PennySaver memory? Let us know about it by commenting below!

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PennySaver Memories

As many of you know, especially our California readers, PennySaver is a brand that has been a part of millions of lives for 48 years,  is in over 700 local editions, and is mailed to 95% of the residents in California. And because of this, there are a great deal of stories that we hear from our readers about how the PennySaver shaped their lives. We want to share a few of these every week with you here on our PennySaverUSA.com blog.

I got the most precious thing in my life though the PennySaver. Several years ago, I needed a sofa. After calling many Pennysaver ads, I found one that sounded perfect, but the seller was clear across town. After a long day of work, I made the long trip, hopeful that this would be the last couch I’d look at. The woman who answered the door was friendly and helpful, and she showed me her couch. It was perfect – for an 80-year old lady. I bought it; after she let me buy her coffee. Coffee, after a while, became dinner. And she, after a while, became my wife. -Chatsworth, CA

It was a summer day, similar to the one outside while I am typing this message to you. My husband (who was not my husband yet!) and I had recently bought our first home, and we sat together to come up with the wording and typing of an ad to put in the Penny Saver for a garage sale the following weekend . My husband is a very friendly and “efficient” guy. As new members to our homeowners association, he suggested we combine mandatory termite and fire alarm inspections, with a multi-family garage sale and a neighborly picnic, as well as dinner and bowling with our out of town guests that night. Phew! How’d we do it? (You’re surely thinking.) Well, I’ll tell you…The ad in the Penny Saver ensured that we even had early birds to our already early 7am garage sale and a steady flow throughout; even our inspectors were impressed by our ability to multi-task. By 1pm we got to sit back, celebrate, count bucks and survey the new found space in our garage. The small fee we paid for the Penny Saver ad was worth its weight in gold! Flash forward 4 years to this moment…My husband is in the garage finding new things to sell and I am sitting flipping through the Penny Saver for new/old furniture… (*sigh*) Our neighbors have asked us when we are going to repeat that “perfect” summer day. -Redondo Beach, CA

I will forever associate The PennySaver with my father. It arrived every Tuesday in our hometown of Eden, NY. With his limited education he always left the bedtime books to my mom. But Tuesday evenings after supper he would sit in the rocker and read the PennySaver cover-to-cover out loud. Reflecting as a grown woman, I realize that the many pictures and large captions allowed him to practice his reading skills. And I would like to thank you for that. -San Jose, CA

I remember one evening, sitting down on the couch after having dinner, flipping through the PennySaver, not looking for anything in particular. As I browsed the Real Estate section, I found a condo for rent that I thought would be fun for my husband and I to take a look at. It was a sunny summer weekday when we met up with the owner of the unit. Being in the education field, we were both off of work for summer break, but we couldn’t help but wonder why this middle aged man, along with his 2 yr. old son, had the time to come show a unit in the middle of the day. He told us he was an investor and that through investing in properties he was able to become financially free and spend as much time as he wanted with his wife and son. He recommended a financial book for us to read to understand the basics of investing and financial freedom. We immediately ran to the bookstore, bought that book, and eventually, throughout the years, many other books that lead us to the understanding and knowledge of financial freedom. Since then, my husband and I have started quite a few profitable businesses and are on our way to financial freedom. And whenever people ask how we got to where we are, I always start with, “While looking through the Pennysaver, I came upon this ad…”. -San Diego, CA

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$200 Million Garage Sale Find

As all of our PennySavers out there know, stopping by a yard or garage sale can yield some very cool and unique finds, and it is usually worth a few minutes of your time. But, every now and again, you might come across an item that could be worth more than anything that your imagination could conjure up.

In the Spring of 2000, in Fresno, CA, Rick Norsigian, a Fresno School District painter, came across a box of antique glass photo negatives and purchased them for $45. He soon began to suspect that these negatives were the work of legendary and renowned photographer Ansel Adams, and this moved him to begin authenticating the find. The negatives were run through a barrage of tests by a barrage of experts, and all the evidence was reviewed by a former FBI Agent and former Assistant United States Attorney to determine the validity of the work. All findings pointed to authenticity of the negatives, and there has been talk of the find being worth over $200 Million. There is an ongoing fight between the estate of Adams and Norsigian over the validity of the negatives, but the magnitude of this find will never be undone.

If there is any lesson to be taken from this, it might be that you should consider stopping by a local yard or garage sale and taking a good look at the items that someone else no longer needs. They might be sitting on a jackpot and not know it. Or, at the least, you might just find something for yourself that might not be worth millions in dollars, but can become priceless to you.

Come to PennySaverUSA.com to check for all of the yard/garage sales in your area!

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Garage/Yard Sale Tips!

A great by-product of spring cleaning every year in many households is the annual garage sale/yard sale.  Many of us experienced this trademark of domestic enterprise that would rid closets of grown-out-of-clothes and toys, old electronics; anything that you can put a price on and a neighbor or passer-by can purchase and enjoy for themselves!  PennySaver would love to supply you with a few tips before your garage or yard sale to help to maximize your effort.

1. Location, Location, Location: When I was a child, we lived in a rather remote area, miles off of the highway, in a low traffic area. A yard sale at our house was sure to yield almost no profit, because, on a given summer day, literally 5-6 cars would pass per hour, and that doesn’t make for the ideal condition to encourage shoppers. If you live in an area without a lot of foot or car traffic, maybe ask a relative or friend if they would want to participate in a joint venture, or if you could just use their prime real-estate for your sale.

2. Pricing: We know that it’s hard to part with certain items that are taking up room, but pricing too high because of your affection for the item doesn’t help anyone. Price things reasonable, and that will encourage people to buy a larger quantity, which serves the exact reasoning for the yard sale in the first place: To Clear Things Out!

3. Bundle Items: Create bundles of similar items to sell in larger quantities. It might encourage people to buy, as it encourages their chance of satisfaction in a single purchase.  If you’re selling books or dvds, group them together in fives; even if the customer doesn’t end up enjoying the first book, they have four other chances and a new book to add to their bookshelf.

4 . Create Bargain Bins: Everyone loves  a good bargain bin! It’s great to sort through merchandise and know it’s all the same price and easy to add up what you’re spending, and the person selling doesn’t have to label every item. Save time and money!

5. Advertise: It is vital to advertise your sale with flyers and ads on…um….PennySaver!  Some people live and die for yard sales and garage sales and are looking for sales in their neighborhoods on a daily basis . It will be worth it when you turn a big profit from a very little investment!

6. Fun Stuff: Why not have some refreshments for your customers? Bring out some lemonade, have some bottled water on hand; on a hot summer day, it will help to create a better shopping experience. Have some music playing, and greet everyone just like you’re running your own little store for the day. A happy customer is the best kind of customer!

7. Raffle: If you have a large item that you need to get rid of that might be a bit much to sell at a yard sale price, but you really need it to go, do a raffle! People will flock to a sale if they think they might win a lawnmower, a TV, a bedroom set, etc.  People might show up just for this and end up buying something else!

We even provide you a little assistance for signage for your sale, Click Here! If you’re a seller or a buyer, it truly is a great place to find a great deal and a great place to make a little extra cash. And these days, that’s a great scenario either way, right?

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