Set aside a weekend for a clean-out. Go throughyour cupboards – even your husband's shed! Take cuttings from plants and re-pot them to sell. People love bargain plants.
Get large cardboard boxes from the supermarket, cut them up and paint colourful, easy-to-read signs. Include the date, time and address of your garage sale. Put them around your neighbourhood early in the day (but don't forget to remove them afterwards!).
Stick it to 'em
Make pricing easy by having a sticker board. Blue sticker items can be $1, green $2, etc. People know how much items are, and it saves you writing prices on everything.
Grouping items in a logical way makes it appealing for people to browse. Also, clothes look nicer on hangers, hung on a rail.
Have a float of money with all denominations of change. Be prepared if people hand you large bills to pay for things worth only a couple of dollars.
It's a wrap
Have newspaper to wrap up breakables, and plastic bags or boxes for people to pack their items. They're more likely to buy it if they can easily carry it.
Deal or no deal
Be wary – second-hand dealers may get there early and try to buy the good stuff at very low prices. Don't give things away too cheaply at this early stage. Towards the end of the garage sale, it's a different matter!