Communicating with students selling at your school-end garage sale is an important part of the planning process. When running a curbside event, vendors from individual homes need streamlined information to not only all be on the same page, but to run a successful (and safe) sale.
Here Are Tips to Help Make Student Vendors Successful at Your School-End Garage Sale:
The city of Roseville, Minnesota, for example, sends out flyers to past-year sellers every year. On the back
of those flyers, they post safety tips that vendors should keep in mind on the day of the sale.
- Be prepared with change in your till or money belt.
- Mark prices on sale items beforehand to increase sale opportunities.
- If shoppers arrive earlier than the start time of the sale, you are not obligated to serve them.
- Acknowledge all shoppers.
- Ask for help running the sale to increase security. Tell helping volunteers you will provide free food or even a percentage of your sales for the day.
- Be observant and wary of distractions.
- Do not advertise the sale as a "Moving Sale," which implies the house may be vacant for extended periods.
- Do not allow shoppers into your home. If you're renting - make sure your landlord is okay with it.
- Keep pets and children close. If the day of the sale is a busy one, the roads could be filled with distracted drivers.
- Do not answer questions about alarm systems, daytime/nighttime occupancy, etc.
- Have a phone on your person to report any suspicious activity.
- It's preferable to not accept checks from strangers.
- Lock doors into your home.
- Place expensive items near you (usually by the checkout table).
- Watch your cash box and keep only a minimal amount of cash on site.
- Place free items far away from the items you are charging for and label this area with a sign that says “FREE” to avoid confusion.
- Provide clean bags or cardboard boxes for shoppers to put their purchased goods in.
- At the end of the sale, if you still have items left to sell, bring them off at your local charity drop-box or place them in classifieds like Craigslist, Kijiji or Freecycle.
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