Garage Sale Survival Tips

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Spring-cleaning fever has hit, and you know what that means: garage sale time! Don’t let those boxes stacked in the corner overwhelm you. Garage sales don’t have to be a hassle. Before you decide to display your wares in the driveway however, ask yourself why you’re having the sale. Do you just want to get rid of the clutter? If so, donating to a local charity or church is probably best. If your goal is to make some extra cash while finally getting a chance to meet the neighbors that you’ve lived next door to for five years, then maybe a garage sale is your best bet. Here are 10 simple ways to make your garage sale a hassle-free success.


The Kingswood Rummage committee spends about $5,000 a year to advertise the event.  We use the funds collected from registrations as well as business packet advertising we sell to advertise the event in all East River SD, NW Iowa and SW Minnesota newspapers.  Therefore, it is important that Kingswood residents register because without registration income we cannot advertise.  We also have a website – – that draws tens of thousands of visitors each year.  If you wish, you can also place an ad in a newspaper (at your expense) or a Facebook Rummage page. Yard signs posted on major street intersections is also a good way to advertise your sale. Please remember to remove the signs when your sale is over!


People are more likely to shop at your sale if there is a crowd gathered. This is another reason the Kingswood Rummage sales work so well. If you’re hosting your own sale, ask friends and family to stop by and help out. Their presence will spark interest for the passers-by and their help will come in handy when the “real” crowd shows up.


Be reasonable about pricing. As proud as you and your mother are of the still-life bowl of fruit you painted in the eighth grade, no one will give you $200 for it. If you can’t bear to see it sold for less, then keep it.


Don’t give items small price amounts such as a nickel or quarter because it’s too much change to deal with. Instead, group low-priced items together, such as paperback books 2 for $1, or silverware 4 for $1.


Instead of pricing each and every marble and knickknack, group same-priced objects together and use a general price sign.  If you are using price tags that are attached with a tagging gun on clothing items, remember to tag them under the arm or on a seam so that the tagging process does not create a hole in the fabric.


A table display that is too neat and organized will make people feel uncomfortable about rifling through your goods. You don’t want the display to be too disorganized either. Potential customers may think it’s just a pile of junk and keep driving to the next sale. Find a happy medium.


Always have at least one extension cord available for testing appliances. Veteran garage salers won’t take your word that a 10-year-old vacuum works as good as the day you bought it.


If at all possible, hang clothes on a rack or fence so they can be easily viewed from the street. Avoid crumpled piles. Hanging clothing items works especially well if you group the items by gender and size.


If you still have leftovers near the end of the sale, consider marking some items “FREE” or doing a half-price sale on the last day.

2024 Rummage Sale Dates

  • Wednesday, May 1, 2024
  • Thursday, May 2, 2024
  • Friday, May 3, 2024
  • Saturday, May 4, 2024

The days and hours that individual sales are open will vary. Please refer to the listings located on the LISTINGS tab above, which will be available April 26, 2024.

2025 dates: April 30 – May 3, 2025

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