Garage Sale Secrets You Should Know

When it comes to selling castoffs, half the battle is convincing others that your trash could indeed be their treasure. These styling tricks from Lynda Hammond, author of The Garage Sale Gal's Guide to Making Money Off Your Stuff will help transform your yard or carport into an inviting boutique.

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1) Forget price tags. Instead, ask shoppers to make an offer: They'll usually aim higher than you'd have guessed.

2) Arrange small goods on tables and hang clothing, so people can clearly and comfortably see your merchandise.

Think you might have treasure in your attic? Those old household items could be worth a lot!

3) It may seem obvious, but take the time to clean off any dust that's collected on dinnerware.

4) Customers might ask to test lamps and electronics, so keep an outlet (and a lightbulb) handy.

Plus: Host a springtime swap party where good friends trade their treasures.

5) Big items, such as furniture, should be displayed on the driveway to attract passersby- and make it a snap for buyers to load unwieldy purchases.

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