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Operation Garage Sale: The “Hot” Items


Looking across our garage sale spread, I realized that we had quite the assortment of items. From clothing to electronics to household nick-naks, there was something for almost everyone. Only a few people left without buying a single thing.

There were definitely the “hot” items, though. I’m sure a garage sale “hot” item list will vary by location, but here’s what I found were the best sellers after having two garage sales:

Wild Bird Items – I had some wild bird seed dumped into a container. I never used all of it so I decided to put it in plastic bags and sell it. Another person’s trash is another person’s treasure, right? Well, those baggies were one of the first things to go. I sort of wish now I put a higher price on it. I also had some hummingbird feeders in a very used condition and they were gone within the first 1/2 hour.

Electronic Equipment – We had a speaker and receiver set priced to sell and it did within 1/2 an hour. There was even a problem with one of the speakers but the buyer didn’t care. Again, I wish I had priced the set a little bit higher but a part of me is glad to see them go. We hadn’t used it in over 6 years.

Tool-ish Type Things – My husband decided to sell his work light kit and the first male to arrive at our sale snatched that up. I wish that we had more tools to sell because a few people asked if we had tools. A big project for me before our next sale is to go through all of our tools and see what we have duplicates of. We have a bad habit of buying something that we need only to find out that we already had it. That’s due to bad organizing of what we have.

Halloween Goodies – For a while there, I wanted the coolest house on the block at Halloween time and I bought some neat Halloween decorations. That lasted for a year and then I didn’t put up the decorations anymore because it became too much work and we weren’t even home on Halloween to give out candy. We decided to get rid of everything except for one light-up pumpkin and one battery powered light that goes inside a carved pumpkin. I’m glad we did that because those items sold quite well. Even the Halloween-themed stuffed animals I had sold.

So there’s my “hot” item list for my garage sale. I still have a few things left in my home that fit those categories so I plan on putting more out for our next (and last) garage sale of the year. It feels so good to be getting rid of the stuff in our life that I might as well put out some more of it that will sell πŸ™‚

Next up, I’ll go over the “not so hot” items.


  • Reply Kathryn |

    Thanks for the great tips, Tricia.

    Our subdivision holds a once yearly garage sale. We’re already thinking of ways to distinguish our sale from everyone elses. Your tips will help us focus on where to put our energy.

  • Reply Jennifer |

    Thanks for the post. Our neighborhood is having a yard sale next weekend and we are trying to prepare. I’m glad you said that the Christmas items didn’t sell well because I have a lot of stuff to go through and was going to try to go through the Christmas stuff too. I don’t think we really have the time so I’ll just skip the Christmas stuff and focus more on the stuff that will probably sell. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Joy Smith |

    Baby items are really big here. Tools also go well. Umm video games and movies are another big seller. Keep up the great work with your blog. I enjoy your posts!

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