Having a garage sale in Kaua’i is not the same as having one back on the mainland.
Having held too many sales back on the mainland to count, the basic steps for holding a successful garage/yard sale there are:
- Assemble the items you want to sell
- Price the items
- Advertise the sale on Craigslist, etc.
- Set out your items the morning of the sale
- Sell your items – be prepared to haggle with some customers
- Take what’s left over to the thrift store
We found out this past week though that it’s done a bit differently over here on Kaua’i:
- Assemble the items you’re selling, preferably in your garage or on the lanai. There’s no need to organize everything.
- Post larger or higher-priced items on the Kaua’i Buy & Sell Facebook page a week or so ahead of when you plan to hold your sale. People will message you about items they want to buy and arrange to pick them up the same or next day.
- When people come by, let them look around at the other stuff you’re selling. It doesn’t need to be priced. They will probably buy some more stuff.
- Talk story for at least 20-30 minutes with everyone that comes. You’ll make new friends, get hugs, and they’re thrilled to pick up stuff ahead of time
- In fact, these early customers may buy so much of your stuff ahead of time that you don’t need to bother holding an actual sale.
- Take anything that’s left over to the thrift store.
Our Kaua’i garage sale was the easiest and most fun I’ve ever had selling our stuff. Everyone who contacted us through the Buy & Sell page showed up when they said they would. One woman came to pick up the item she reserved and left with an additional $100 worth of items. She messaged me a couple of days later to ask if a couple of other items were still available. Another woman came back twice! Not one person quibbled about the prices, or tried to haggle – hopefully that’s because we asked right amount the first time. A few times we just gave people things because they bought so much from us. The best part of all was getting to talk with everyone while they “shopped” and have a real conversation with them. It was win-win for everyone.
We had planned to hold a three-day sale beginning tomorrow, but by the end of yesterday we had sold just about everything to customers stopping by to pick up their pre-arranged items. I have one more round of things to go up on Buy & Sell later today, but whatever doesn’t get sold will go to the thrift store. We also made half again what we thought we might make from the sale, so besides the whole experience being easy and fun, our Kaua’i garage sale was a big success!