We had a MONSTER garage sale the last few days. Sales were respectable through the first two days, but I REALLY wanted to clear stuff out. I'm more interested in getting rid of stuff than I am making money. The goal of Day 3 was to get rid of as much stuff as possible to save me the hassle of boxing it up again.
I should add a plug to Craigslist here. I used it to advertise my sale each day - updating the list of things still available for sale. It's free and you can add pictures. I will never pay for a newspaper ad again. ANYWAY, I outlined my plan in my ad and got LOTS of great feedback from everyone as they arrived.
What did I do?
For two days, no one looked at our bin of stuffed animals. So I let every child choose one for free. This cleared out a LOT and made dozens of kids happy. Win win.
The adults I met in the driveway with my Outburst game in hand. If you are unfamiliar, it gives you a category (things that are white, cities that start with B) and you have a certain amount of time to name 10 things that fall into that category. I gave them one "bargain buck" for each correct answer and they could use it same as cash.
The result? Some people got bigger ticket items at a reduced price, while others were able to "pay" for their new treasures entirely with the bargain bucks they'd won. I got rid of a lot of stuff and everyone had a great time. I can't tell you how many people thanked me for the fun -- and amazingly I didn't feel the need to hide behind anonymity this time.
Best. Garage. Sale. Ever.