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In my family, a garage sale is not a spur-of-the moment decision. It’s an event that has been planned for weeks, spending evenings hauling old items out of the garage and into the house to be cleaned and priced.  Thinking back to garage sales in the past, I can honestly say that it’s one of the best days of the summer for my family. We get to hang out with our neighbours and also be earth-friendly, by diverting a whole lot of items from landfill; instead, they go to other homes in the community.

Here are a few tips for figuring out what to sell and how to make the most of this opportunity to clean house:

1. Advertise your sale online. I put up an ad on Kijiji and have already had people emailing me with questions about the sale.

2. Go through your house and consider the items in it—have you used the item in the past year? If not, consider putting it up for sale. Maybe someone in your community would absolutely love it, and yet it’s just sitting in your basement!

3. Make a ‘FREE’ box. When looking at some of the stuff in my old bedroom, I realized that maybe nobody would want my old collection of Happy Meal toys! But if a child walking past wants to take one with her, I’d be happy to give them to a good home.

4. Get helpers! I know that if my family tried to organize this sale by ourselves, it would be chaos. If any friends are willing to stay in the city for a weekend, ask them to help out and then treat them to dinner with the proceeds.

5. Have fun! At the end of the day, you will have de-cluttered your home, spent the day in the sunshine (hopefully), and helped the planet by doing the best of the “3 R’s” :  Reuse!

Click here to read Green Living’s article on the art of successful garage. It’s packed with tips for making your next garage sale successful.   


-Katie Edmonds, Editorial Intern


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