5 Tips For A Successful Garage Sale In Denver

April 11, 2012 3:00 AM

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Do you have items that you no longer use? Are you short on cash? Do you just want to do a little spring cleaning?  If the answer is yes to any of these, think about having a garage sale. The weather in Colorado this time of year is beautiful, which means locals will be strolling around the neighborhood in search of great finds.

1. Advertise. The best time to have a garage sale is from Thursday to Sunday. Once you have figured out the dates, times and location, be sure to have some cheap flyers printed. Pass out the flyers in your neighborhood and at local businesses. Many stores have bulletin boards where you can hang them up. It’s also a good idea to advertise the types of items you will be selling.

2. Display your items in an organized way. Set up tables to display the smaller merchandise. Be sure to price items so people don’t have to ask how much everything costs. Get some stickers and markers, as well as posters to make and place on the corner streets.

3. Be prepared. Spring time in Denver means rain. Advertise the garage sale as rain or shine and purchase some plastic tarps so you will be ready if it starts to pour on your garage sale day. When purchasing tarps, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to pick up a few boxes to store or transport the items that don’t sell.

4. Consider alternative venues. If you decide that you don’t want to have the garage sale at your home, or if you live in a place that doesn’t have a yard, purchase outdoor space at a flea market. The prices are inexpensive and flea markets provide a great way to get more foot traffic. The Mile High Marketplace in Denver has outdoor space for purchase from as much as $30 per day to $5 per day, depending on how much you have to sell.

5. Donate the leftovers. You will undoubtedly have items that won’t sale. The best thing to do with these is to donate them to a local charity. This will allow you to get rid of unwanted items while helping the less fortunate in your community. Donating items will also allow you a tax deduction come tax time.

Below are some local businesses that can help get you started.

Ken’s Reproductions
2220 Curtis St.
Denver, CO  80205
(303) 297-9191
(Location also in Centennial)

Hours:  Mon to Fri – 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sat to Sun – Closed

Ken’s Reproductions has been serving the Denver metro area since 1963 and will even deliver your flyers to you if you are running short on time.

499 Broadway
Denver, CO  80209
(303) 698-3838

Hours:  Mon to Fri – 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sat – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sun – 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Meininger is a family-owned art supply company that has been a staple in Denver since 1881.  Here you can find all of the markers, stickers and posters you will need.

Action Packaging

10888 Leroy Drive
Northglenn, CO  80233
(303) 453-1549

Hours:  Mon to Fri – 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sat to Sun – Closed

Action Packaging has been family owned and operated for over 20 years. It has tarps and boxes available, and will even deliver to your home.

Mile High Marketplace
7007 E. 88th Ave.
Henderson, CO  80640
(303) 289.4656

Hours:  Mon to Thurs – Closed; Fri to Sun – 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Mile High Marketplace is the biggest outdoor flea market in the Rocky Mountain Region. Rent outdoor space for a small fee, or purchase an outdoor space for the full weekend for $70.

Goodwill Industries of Denver
21 S. Broadway
Denver, CO  80209
(303) 722-1440

Hours:  Mon to Sat – 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sun 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Goodwill Industries of Denver has donation locations throughout the metro area and offers a fee-based pick-up option to Denver residents.

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Michelle Humphrey is a freelance writer living in Denver. Her work can be found here.