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Q: Garage Sale Operators/Organizers ( Answered,   2 Comments )
Subject: Garage Sale Operators/Organizers
Category: Business and Money > Consulting
Asked by: sonofsofaman-ga
List Price: $10.00
Posted: 23 Jul 2002 19:23 PDT
Expires: 22 Aug 2002 19:23 PDT
Question ID: 44385
I need help finding someone who will operate a garage/yard/tag sale on my
behalf. What do these people call themselves? (I don't even know what
to search for!!!)
Subject: Re: Garage Sale Operators/Organizers
Answered By: ukiguy-ga on 23 Jul 2002 20:29 PDT
Dear “son of sofa man”,

Through my research, I found three alternatives to help you organize
your garage sale.

First off, I cannot find a professional organizer without your
location. Please post an “answer clarification” with your relative
location, or find one in your local Yellow pages under “Estate Sales.”
The following is taken from:

Tips on how to run garage sales

“If you're moving, downsizing, or cleaning out a deceased relative's
house, you may net more profit for a lot less work by hiring a
professional -- a garage sale organizer who will sell all or part of
your household. Auntie Spender did this last year when, after her
father died, she helped her 85-year-old mother sell the family home
and move to a retirement community in Iowa.

A professional not only brings experience, pricing expertise and the
ability to save you time, but he/she also helps mitigate the emotional
aspect of a sale. Auntie Spender and her mother discovered they were
so attached to certain things they could not bear to put price tags on
them. The organizer did this while Auntie Spender and her mother took
a little holiday. A pro also realizes that the unattractive piece of
pottery you received as a wedding present and are pricing at $10,
might fetch $75 because it's a vintage piece.

Most professional garage sale organizers take 25% to 35% of the sale.
To locate a professional garage organizer, ask friends or colleagues
who have used one for names. If none have, check the yellow pages
under "Estate Sales" or adds in local newspapers. Always ask for the
names of the last three people they ran sales for and call them.
Among the things you want to know: 
Does the pro also have an antique shop? If so, he/she may be tempted
to price your stuff too low and then buy it (or have someone else do
so) for the shop.
What does he/she charge? Less than 30% is not necessarily good -- it
can be a sign of an inexperienced person trying to underbid other
garage sale organizers or it can mean your items will be priced far
too low.
Does he/she work with consultants who can advise on pricing of unique,
rare, prized items and antiques? If so, you should not be billed
separately for this -- it should simply be part of the total package.”
Make sure to visit the site for additional tips.
Your second choice is to run the garage sale on-line. It would be
organized by professionals. Visit this site for more information:
Have an on-line garage sale organized for you:

After hearing that professional organizers, take at least 25% of your
earnings, you may decide to organize it by yourself after all! If so,
you can buy a manual that will guide you through the process. Click on
the following site.

Buy a manual:

My search strategy (using Google):

"professional garage sale organizers"

garage sale organizers

garage sale professional operators

In conclusion, you have three alternatives: hire a professional to
come to your home, hire professionals on-line, or buy manuals that
instruct you on making the right decisions. If you choose the first
option and would like me to look up the professional organizer in the
Yellow Pages up for you, please post an “answer clarification.”

Have fun at you next garage sale!

Best regards,

Subject: Re: Garage Sale Operators/Organizers
From: weisstho-ga on 23 Jul 2002 19:46 PDT
What about posting at the local senior center for someone with
(managerial/retailing/???) experience.
Subject: Re: Garage Sale Operators/Organizers
From: chris2002micrometer-ga on 25 Jul 2002 19:16 PDT
Try a free listing (west central FL) such as

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