When I had a garage sale last spring, I was completely overwhelmed by the prospect of pricing everything (isn’t everyone?). I don’t like to go to sales where things aren’t marked, so not marking them wasn’t an option. My mom was getting ready to come spend a couple of days with us at that time, and her energy level was pretty low, but she wanted to be able to help me with the stuff while she was here. She suggested that I just sort things into piles: $0.50, $1.00, $2.00, etc. Then, she’d just make multiple stickers with that price on it and stick it to whatever was in that pile.
It saved us so much time! Not just because I had help, but because I went through things and valued them before pricing, which made the pricing stage go really quickly. I’m collecting things for a sale next spring, and I’m already planning to use this method again.
Oh, and I despise those round, colorful stickers with prices already printed on them. As someone who buys at garage sales, I’ll tell you that they nearly always leave residue on what you’re trying to remove them from, and sometimes, it ruins the item (even on clothing). Very frustrating. We’ve always used masking tape. It takes a little longer, but your buyer will appreciate it.
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