By Anne Delphia, MNI Board Member
It is time to prepare your treasure trove of goodies to sell at Mayfair Neighbors’ annual garage sale on Saturday, June 10, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Whether you have been waiting all year to sell items that are gathering dust in your home or are looking for something that you need but don’t want to purchase at retail prices, now is your chance to sell or buy something.
This past year, the Mayfair neighborhood had a record number of home sales. This is a great opportunity to either get rid of items you don’t need or to purchase something special for your home.
Garage sale signs
If you are already a member of Mayfair Neighbors Inc., you can request a free garage sale sign for your yard. If you want to join Mayfair Neighbors Inc., the garage sale signs are available for your $15 membership fee. If you are not a member but would still like to use one of our garage sale signs, you may rent one for $15. As long as the sign is returned, you will get back your $15 investment. Within a week after the garage sale, we will pick up the signs to use again next year. One week prior to the garage sale, we will send an email to those of you who requested a sign to let you know where you can pick up the sign prior to Saturday, June 10. To sign up for a sign please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. There is a limited supply of signs so sign up early.
Tips on having a successful yard sale
Promote, promote, promote
Mayfair Neighbors will promote its annual garage sale on nextdoor.com, mayfairdenver.org, on Facebook at Mayfair Neighbors Inc., via email, on yardsale.com, Craig’s List, 9news and signs and flyers posted at nearby retailers. In addition, please promote your own sales with signs and flyers.
How to display sales items
Make sure items are clean and neatly placed in like groups. Place larger items such as furniture, rugs and free items out front. Clearly label all items. Use bags to contain sets and display like items together; and keep your space organized throughout the day.
Electronics are popular
Cameras, phones, USB cords, iPods, cases and GPS systems were in huge demand last year. If you have electronics just lying around your house, consider selling them at this year’s garage sale.
Price items to sell
Please remember a yard/garage sale is usually the last chance to get some money for your items before they are donated. It is better to get some money than none. If the price is too high, it may not sell. Also, don’t forget to have plenty of small change available.
Those who join forces with other neighbors and have more stuff to sell have a greater chance of drawing a crowd. The more stuff you have also gives you a better chance to change looky-loos into actual sales. Last year, neighbors at Eighth Avenue and Hudson Street had three yard sales next to each other and the feedback was that those neighbors had huge crowds and were very happy with the outcome.