Jeni Moore is hoping to turn her clutter into cash next weekend.
The Gardner woman will joins dozens of others in hosting a garage sale next weekend during the
annual community-wide garage sale on Saturday, May 7. Still dozens more are planning sales in Edgerton this weekend, Saturday, April 30 during the Edgerton citywide garage sale.
Moore has spent hours over the past few weeks sorting through clothes, toys and household goods trying to weed out things she hopes to sell next weekend.
“I’m mostly just cleaning out stuff,” Moore explained. “I’ll go from room to room and clean out stuff that maybe we can sell and get rid of. I am parting with some baby gear and some toys that we have outgrown and clothes. The little tykes toys – those things you have in the backyard. Those are good sellers.”
This is the third sale she’s hosted in the last four years, and Moore said the time she is spending in the days leading up to the sale will pay dividends when the sale is over.
“Things sell better if you have them organized and priced well,” Moore said. “You can do it with a little amount of time, but it goes more smoothly if you put more time to it — like a few hours every night a week. It’s stuff you already have that you’re tripping over anyway.”
One year, her sale earned more than $1,300. She hosted a sale to benefit MS research and friends and family donated items for the sale.
“People dropped off donations, but it was just a driveway full of random stuff,” she said.
For a one or two-family sale, she typically expects to pocket between $600 and $700.
Moore said her sales during the citywide event have been successful with very little advertising. She paid the small fee to be listed on the official citywide garage sale map that will be available in Gardner businesses by May 2.
“I never even really advertised other than that and still have like a crazy, crazy turnout,” Moore said.
Dawn Mercier of the Gardner UPS Store is creating the maps of area garage sales for this year’s sale. So far, she’s amassed a list of more than 40 sales, but she expects more before the April 27 deadline. Mercier said she’ll likely take last minute registrations until Friday afternoon, however.
Last year, more than 130 sales advertised their wares on the official map, and she’s hopeful the listings will start streaming in as the deadline approaches.
However, there will likely be many more sales than are listed on the map.
“There’s always more sales,” Mercier explained. “But registering gets you on the map.”
The maps will be available early next week and will also include coupons from area businesses.
Although the annual sale officially starts early Saturday morning, Mercier said the real bargain hunters start Friday.
“My husband is the pro. He starts very early,” Mercier explained. “The tip I would give anybody is to start on Friday. Even though they market it to be on Saturday, a lot of the people start on Friday.”
Serious garage salers start showing up as early as Friday morning when Moore is still pricing and organizing.
“There are serious women who will be in your driveway Friday morning looking for bargains,” Moore said. “If you are out there in your garage getting yourself ready, they are shameless. They will come right up and ask what you are selling tomorrow.”
Edgerton’s citywide garage sale is this Saturday, April 30. Gardner’s annual garage sale event is Saturday, May 7.
Gardner maps will be available in area businesses by May 2. and can be purchased for $1 in Gardner. All map proceeds will help purchase school supplies and backpacks for local children.