There are many things to consider when picking a date for your garage sale:
- How many days do you want to hold your garage sale: 1 day, 2 days, 3 days, a week? My history over many years of hosting garage sales, is that you will do 60-80% of your sales on the first day. I’m assuming that’s because not as many people come to the sale on the 2nd or 3rd day as do the first. I personally have always held my sales on a Friday and Saturday. Many people work and cannot come on Friday so I want to give those people a chance to come and buy.
- What will the weather likely be like on the date you select? While you can’t totally predict the weather, your chance of cool, wet weather is higher in April and October than it is in May, June or July.
- Are there any major events that might coincide with the dates that might impact attendance? I personally suggest staying away from holiday weekends because a lot of people go out of town and won’t be doing garage sales. You might want to stay away from opening weekend of the lilac festival as another example though my recent successful sale started on the Friday of opening day. You also might want to avoid huge neighborhood sales that will detract from someone stopping at your sale, unless the neighborhood sale is near your location. Of course, if yours is a neighborhood sale this is good for you.
- What will work for your schedule and anyone else who is going to help or participate in the sale with you? Sometimes you don’t have a lot of options on when you hold your sale due to other commitments.
- If you can, pick a date early in the garage sale season to get the best turnout. I believe that people get garage sale burnout as the summer progresses (I speak from personal experience here) and time goes on, they go to less and less. The first garage sales of the season seem to get the best turnout. I would suggest late April to mid-May as a good time. In preparation for the school year, if you have children’s clothing, late August or early September might also be a good time to unload fall and winter clothing.