Garage Sales in Canberra

Dazzlar 28 November 2010 12

After advice on where to advertise and any ‘quirks’ that are particular to Canberrans?

(in regards to haggling etc.  Not just the everyday ones!)


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astrojax astrojax 1:47 pm 29 Nov 10

Hixy said :

I used to have a set of those thingy’s once upon a time. Got rid of them after I had been married about 10 years. Found out the wife knows everything.

was this a mis-post from the encyclopaedia story? it almost fits here. almost.

😉

MissPeaches MissPeaches 12:39 pm 29 Nov 10

churl said :

Felix the Cat said :

Be prepared for bargain hunters to come around at the crack of dawn (even though you may of advertised 9am start) and offer you pittance for your stuff. Keep stuff you aren’t selling right away from stuff you are selling.

easily fixed:
Advertise address, but dont give the street number! (Put a sign on the street outside when you’re ready.)
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I have also done this and it was VERY effective. Trust me, they will knock on your door from 6am. Some people complained about not advertising the house number but I politely said it didn’t seem to stop them finding their way to my place once signage was up.

churl churl 12:02 pm 29 Nov 10

Felix the Cat said :

Be prepared for bargain hunters to come around at the crack of dawn (even though you may of advertised 9am start) and offer you pittance for your stuff. Keep stuff you aren’t selling right away from stuff you are selling.

easily fixed:
Advertise address, but dont give the street number! (Put a sign on the street outside when you’re ready.)
Decide what you think is an appropriate price in advance – best to mark this on bigger/expensive items.
When haggling, you need to remember whether your aim is to get rid of lots of junk, or to make money.
(If you want to make money, you probably need to go to the hassle of Allclassifieds / ebay / or to Trasho yourself)

OzChick OzChick 11:33 am 29 Nov 10

Felix the Cat said :

Be prepared for bargain hunters to come around at the crack of dawn (even though you may
of advertised 9am start) and offer you pittance for your stuff. Keep stuff you aren’t selling right away from stuff you are selling.

^ This. We advertised on allhomes and nowhere else. A heap of people arrived before the start time even started. They caught my friend by surprise as it was her garage sale. One guy took a heap of stuff and gave her a fixed amount for all of it. I have a feeling that he would have been selling the items at a Trash & Treasure market. He already had a load in his car before he came to our place too.

gibbery gibbery 9:48 am 29 Nov 10

Allclassifieds.com.au
Free advertising for your garage sale and anything that is left over at the end that you still want to get rid of.

Hixy Hixy 7:53 am 29 Nov 10

I used to have a set of those thingy’s once upon a time. Got rid of them after I had been married about 10 years. Found out the wife knows everything.

Gerry-Built Gerry-Built 7:04 am 29 Nov 10

Felix the Cat said :

Be prepared for bargain hunters to come around at the crack of dawn (even though you may
of advertised 9am start) and offer you pittance for your stuff.

Which you will no doubt see on sale at “professional” Trash and Treasure stalls the following morning, at a greatly increased prices…

Felix the Cat Felix the Cat 8:18 pm 28 Nov 10

Usually the Saturday edition of The Canberra Times is a good place to advertise along with noticeboard at local shops and a few handwritten cardboard signs attached to nearby lightposts (don’t forget to remove these after garage sale is finished – one of my pet hates is people who leave outdated signs up).

2CC have a swap/for sale thing happening on Saturday mornings where people can ring up and publicise stuff they have for sale.

Be prepared for bargain hunters to come around at the crack of dawn (even though you may
of advertised 9am start) and offer you pittance for your stuff. Keep stuff you aren’t selling right away from stuff you are selling.

Have change available. Everyone will rock up with $50 and $100 notes to pay for the Royal Doulton dinner set that they just bargained you down to $2 on.

Gerry-Built Gerry-Built 6:05 pm 28 Nov 10

screaming banshee said :

Quirks?

Yes, you can expect a Canberran to post a useless topic on Riot Act rather than working out the information for themselves.

And tools to post even more useless responses…

Gerry-Built Gerry-Built 6:03 pm 28 Nov 10

Canberra Times is really the only place to advertise a garage sale (expect $50+ bill for the ad). Get signage up nearby arterial roads (and all the way to your house from there).

Much better, and cheaper, option is Trash and Treasure markets (and only costs about $15 for a car space). Many more people through.

screaming banshee screaming banshee 3:38 pm 28 Nov 10

Quirks?

Yes, you can expect a Canberran to post a useless topic on Riot Act rather than working out the information for themselves.

troll-sniffer troll-sniffer 12:28 pm 28 Nov 10

If I was elling a garage I’d be weighing up whether to dismantle it and offer it as a trailerable item, or let the buyer make their own arrangements, at a cheaper price. If you’ve got the time, dismantling leads to a better likelihood of sale, however some hardened garage sale attendees take a perverse pleasure in spending hours sizing up the dismantling job before putting in an offer.

And don’t get me started on those types who turn up to garage sales and have no intention of purchasing a garage…

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