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Garage Sale Pricing Guide

Before you can have a garage sale, you need to price your items.  I have been to many garage sales where the items aren’t priced.  This is both frustrating and confusing for your “customers”.  Most people will not go out of the way to ask ho w much something is if it is not priced.  I have passed over many items that I was initially interested in because they were not priced.  Think about it, do you shop for anything that isn’t priced in a store?  Didn’t think so.  Make sure to check out my Garage Sale Treasures book so you don’t price something that is worth $100 for only $1.

Clothes

  • Baby Clothes – The price will depend greatly on the condition as well as the brand.  If it’s from a known brand such as gap you can usually price these items at $5 or more if it has never been worn and has the tag on it.  If it has been worn and is in great shape, price these at $3.00.  If it is not from a well known brand, mark the items at $.50 or $1.00.  You want to get rid of these right?  Price them to move.  If the clothes are stained or damaged it is best to bag them up and done them or place them in a “free box”.  If you hate throwing items away, a simple box marked “free” will help you get rid of your unwanted items that no one would pay for.  
  • Plain Blue Jeans - These are jeans not from a well known brand.  Price them at $1 or $2.
  • Brand Name Jeans - These include Levi’s, Abercombie, American Eagle etc. – Price them at $3.
  • Skirts and Dresses - $5
  • T-Shirts - $.50 or $1.00
  • Brand Name Shirts - Brands include Polo, Lacoste, Abercrombie etc. – $3 – $5.
  • Purses and Pocketbooks - Depends heavily on the brand.  No name – $3 or less.  Brand Name – $10 – $70.
  • Ties - $.50 each or sell in bundles of 5 for $1.50.
  • Dress Shoes - $3 – $5
  • Tennis Shoes - $2 – $5
  • Flip flops and Sandals - $.50 to $1
  • Items with tags left on - Good Rule of them is to charge 50% of the sticker price.

Books, Textbooks and Novels - Paperback $.50 to $1.  Hardback $2.  These are great to sell priced in lots of 5 or 10.  Make sure that if your price them in lots that it is cheaper than they could buy them individually.

CDs and Casettes- These are both a dying technology.  Price them at $.25 or $.50 and hope that someone buys them.

Electronics - The price will greatly depend on when the items were made.  Newer items fetch far more than an item that is 2 years or more older:

  • VHS players - $5.00 or less.
  • DVD Players - $10.00 Try to combine this with DVDs if you have them as well.
  • Blu Ray Players - $20 – $50.
  • Keyboards - $5.00 to $10.00
  • Alarm Clocks, Radios and CD Players - $3.00 to $5.00
  • Printer - $10.00
  • Desktop Computer – Depends greatly on age.  Ask $20.00 for a computer 5 years or older and $40 if it is less than 2 years old.  Make sure that you have all of your sensitive information/pictures removed before selling.
  • Computer Speakers - $10.00
  • Landline Telephone - $5.00
  • Remote Controllers - $1.00

DVD’s – $1 to $5 is a great starting point.  If the DVD is unopened, you can usually get $6 or more.

Household Items

  • Dishes and bowls - $.50 a piece or $10.00 for a set.
  • Toaster - $5
  • Iron- $3
  • Coffee Maker - $10
  •  George Foreman Style Grill- $5
  • Microwave- $10

Furniture – Make sure that the furniture you are selling is in decent condition.  No one wants to buy something that falls apart when they are trying to load/unload it.

  • Couches - If it has stains – $10 or less.  Good condition -$30.00
  • Kitchen Table - $20.00
  • Entertainment Center - $15.00
  • Desk - $10.00
  • Office Chair - $5.00
  • Love Seat - $15.00
  • End Tables - $10.00
  • Coffee Table - $10.00
  • Rug - Depends on size.  Small – $5.00 Medium – $10 Large – $15.00
  • Dresser - 2 Drawer – $10 4 Drawer – $20
  • Book Shelf - $15.00
  • Patio Furniture Full Set - $45.00
  • Patio and Lounge Chairs - $5.00 a piece

 

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