garage sale

Garage sales are a great way to declutter, meet interesting people and make a few dollars in the process. Although a true garage sale junkie can find garage sales year-round, most are held in the spring and fall. 

Now is the time to clear your clutter and get ready to have your own Garage Sale:   


  • The trouble with clutter is… you get used to having it around. When you discover “stuff” you don’t want or need – put it in your Garage Sale Box! 
  • Check your books – especially if you use money as a bookmark! 
  • When everything is clean and in working condition, it sells sell faster! 
  • Find all the pieces -- no jigsaw puzzles with one piece missing! 
  • Save paper for wrapping breakable items. 
  • Have plenty of change – quarters, loonies, toonies, and small bills. 
  • Create signs (great activity for the kids) and post them around the area. 
  • Plan a neighbourhood or street sale. The more the merrier!  


  • Have your sale between 8:00 am and NOON – the most popular time! 
  • Price everything but leave room for negotiating. That’s the fun part! 
  • One person should take care of all the money so everyone knows when something has been paid for or not! 
  • Ask friends to help with customers, conversation, and control! 
  • You’ve cleared your clutter, now, relax, meet new people and HAVE FUN! 
  • Resist the temptation to take unsold items back into the house.   


  • Deliver all remaining items to your favourite charitable organization (Goodwill, Salvation Army, Church, Minor Sport Group...) OR  
  • Put everything in a box at your curb with a huge “FOR FREE!” sign.   

Here’s to a day… of letting go and making a bit of money in the process! 

Karen Shinn

Karen Shinn

Downsizing Diva Co-Founder. Toronto East & North York

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