Dos and Don'ts for Throwing a Successful Garage Sale

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Don't Price a Thing!

This is Lynda's all-time favorite tip! If you want to have a yard sale, sometimes looking at a basement full of stuff and having to price every itty bitty

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Don't Price a Thing!

This is Lynda's all-time favorite tip! If you want to have a yard sale, sometimes looking at a basement full of stuff and having to price every itty bitty item is very overwhelming and tedious. Instead of pricing your stuff, simply set your stuff out and have a sale. The stress of pricing items is often the number one thing preventing people from having a garage sale.

Also, people often don't know what to price their items. If you price an item, you'll often lowball yourself.

Last, people never pay the marked price anyway - they'll negotiate. So, instead, if someone is interested in an item, ask them to name their price. Nine times out of ten, you'll get more money. If you see someone pull up in a Jaguar and a Gucci purse, Lynda says, you'll be sorry you only asked for $5 on your vintage candle holders, when they'll pay $10.

It was the end of the day and Lynda was closing up her sale. A lady pulls up and asks how much for an o

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Mon, Jun 11, 2012 1:00 PM EDT

ynda Hammond is known as "The Garage Sale Gal," but she's really more like the Queen of the Garage Sale (this past weekend she visited nearly 100!).

For 15 years, Lynda anchored broadcast television before leaving the news business, after she "fell in love with the art of rummaging through other people's stuff." Lynda started a web site for garage sale enthusiasts: GarageSaleGal.com. She also writes a weekly column for The Arizona Republic on garage sales, running every Friday statewide. She also has a new book, "The Garage Sale Gal's Guide to Making Money Off Your Stuff."

On today's show "Auction Kings" star Paul Brown, along with GMA's Lara Spencer, shared tips for discovering great finds when visiting yard sales. Now, it's time to throw your own yard sale!

Lynda says summer is a popular and perfect time to have a yard sale! With kids being off school and everyone hanging around the house... why not de-clutter your home and make money from it?

If you're ready to clean out the garage and start making cash, check out Lynda's Top Dos and Don'ts for Throwing a Successful Garage Sale.

For more information on Lynda aka the Garage Sale Gal, or to list and look for garage sales nationwide, go to GarageSaleGal.com.

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