Maximize Your Garage Sale Profits – Sale Presentation

Part one of this series discussed the importance of effective advertising to attract customers to your garage sale. This article will give you great ideas on how to get organized for your sale and how to present your sale items in a way that will make customers want to buy.

Getting organized will help you to know what you have, what you need, and what to do with it. When going through your garage sale goods start sorting them into categories such as household items, sports and recreation, toys and games, etc. This will help you during the presentation part of the sale later. Once you have a good idea of what you have make a list of what you might need for the sale such as tables for display, stickers for pricing, coins and small bills for giving out change, clothes rack and hangers, chairs and a table to sit at, snacks and drinks for your sales people (you and your kids). Having everything you need ahead of time helps to eliminate some stress and the mad dash feeling when customers start showing up and your aren’t ready yet.

The layout of your sale can encourage or deter shoppers. Most will agree that they are more likely to peruse a sale if items are visible, easy to find, and the prices are clearly marked. The same goes for your garage sale customers. Lay similar items near each other on tables if available or in clusters on your lawn and driveway. Do not crowd too many things together. Make use of other sale items to prop things up and make it look nice. If you have clothes to sell, put them on hangers and hang them on a rack. No one likes to paw through a box of messy clothes to find something that might fit or look nice on them. This is a great way to get rid of wire hangers or the old plastic hangers. If you don’t have a clothes rack, you can improvise with a rope or broom tied or propped between two ladders. Arrange the clothes by color or type and size.

Pricing can be done with stickers or signs on tables clearly marking that these items are a certain price. Color-code your stickers so that a particular color sticker represents a particular price and make a sign to illustrate the color pricing. This method saves huge amounts of time, since you do not have to write a price on each individual item. Pricing items is entirely up to you and you will find many people like to barter, so do not worry about setting a price too high. You can always lower the price as the sale goes on throughout the day.

Customer service is part of presentation as well. Greet your customers as they arrive with a friendly smile and hello. Ask if there is something you can help them find and let them know you are available if they have any questions. Play a little upbeat music to set a fun and positive atmosphere. Shoppers in a good mood are more likely to buy.

When you advertise in multiple sources, organize your sale items in a way that is easy for shoppers to find what they are looking for, and present those items in so people can see things they did not know they wanted and you are guaranteed to get the most bang for your buck. Remember, garage sales are a great time to be outdoors with your family and neighbors, so have fun.

Christmas Presents For Children That Will Last a Lifetime

I have a confession to make: Christmas presents for children make me nervous. It’s not because I don’t adore spoiling my own children, but so often other people get it wrong.

Do I sound like an ungrateful brat? Let me explain. Nine times out of ten, instead of a well-designed, age-appropriate kids’ toy, my children are inundated with junk.

Bead sets that are marked ‘for age 10-plus’ – my daughter is five – weapons that wouldn’t look out of place in the armed forces and soft-toys based on cartoon characters. Never mind the children, no wonder parents occasionally lose their minds over kids’ toys.

Call me old fashioned, but my ethos is simple. Source beautifully crafted kids’ toys that aren’t just one-hit wonders. Anyone can spend a tenner on the latest TV must-have, but wouldn’t it be nicer to invest in illustrated books or finger puppets that are unisex and great for a child’s imagination?

Even if you choose the cartoon they actually like, they probably already have the duvet/ lunch-box/ plastic figures. If not, they won’t care, or – gasp – will have cared, but six months ago and will now think you’re treating them like a baby. Believe me, in planet child there’s not much worse than that.

The most successful Christmas presents for children look gorgeous and come with guaranteed longevity. My daughter’s jewellery box with a wind-up dancing clown is played with every night before she goes to bed, unlike the plastic handbag that snapped in two the second she put her treasures inside it.

My son plays endlessly with his wooden fort, hiding everything from wooden knights to toy cars inside. Like the music box, it also looks good in his bedroom – and most mums will admit this is important too.

My advice is to go for the best example of the classic Christmas presents for children you can find, or dare to be different. Traditional blocks, a pull-along hand-painted animal, a china tea-set or play tent, wrapped simply in brown-paper and tied with a coloured ribbon will look far cooler than the army of flashing chunks of plastic kids’ toys given by almost everyone else. Wouldn’t you be happy if your birthday presents lasted a lifetime?

Creative Ideas For Homemade Presents

Nothing is more impressive and touching than giving a present that you personally made and prepared. These are also more inexpensive compared to items in a gift shop.

Here are some simple yet brilliant gift ideas:

Speedy No Cook Food Gift ideas

A present from your very own kitchen will not only fill the tummy but will warm the heart as well. You do not have to be elaborate and grand. Little, personal touches will make a big difference. Collate your family’s favorite recipes. Then, you can either print those recipes on lovely paper (with the recipient’s favorite color) or write them onto a gaudy paper.

a. Buy some fresh veggies, spices, or tiny herbs and arrange them in a sweet, nice-looking basket or bin. Insert a card containing your well-loved menu for using each veggies or herb. This gift is ideal for a mommy on-the-go, a new bride wishing to experiment new recipes for her hubby, or for someone who loves to cook.

b. Grab a pack or two of mouth-watering and attractive candy sticks or canes. Dip them in sweet strawberry or chocolate melts (or any flavor of your choice) and allow them to solidify. Wrap in different colors of cellophanes with bows that will serve as coffee stirrers. Place them in an appealing beverage mug. Sweet tooth and coffee lovers will beam with delight with this homemade present.

c. Stuff a heavy, big oven mitten with delectable pistachio nuts or jellybeans (spiced or conventional) and knot with a vibrant trimming.

d. Gifts in a jar are wonderful for families with kids. Fill them with jelly ace, candy sprinklers, or cookies (chocolate chips, macaroons, brownies, or oatmeal). You can slip in a customized recipe for a darling cookie. You can also fill jars or bags with cupcakes, breads and packaged items like boxed milk, liquid or powder juices, tasty soup mixes, or connoisseur peppercorns.

Wonderful Wearables
Wearables make beautiful presents like beaded jewelries, hair clips, hats, t-shirts, and caps. You can expend your artistic imagination and employ a lot of inspired patterns, techniques, and materials to create your own craft.

No Sew Sassy Sachet
There may be colorful, attractive fabrics just sitting on your drawers for some time now. You can use them to make lovely sachets that will hold potpourris. Simple sewing is needed. Even children can try with assistance from adults.

To create a single sachet, set two identical 6-inch box-shaped cloths back-to-back. Glue or stitch the edgings on three sides. Stuff the sachet with roughly half a cup of potpourri. Fasten together the remaining open edge. You now have a superb perfumed sachet. After making several sachets, organize them in bright, colorful heaps and knot them as one using a cheerful string or ribbon.