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    What to Do When Your Sick


    You've planned everything out for garage sale weekend -- and now you wake up to find out you're sick.  What to do now? If you're sick to the point of nausea, you don't want to be exposing tons of people to your illness.  You also don't want to have to deal with people while you're feeling...
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    The Offering of Candy


    Ever been to a doctor's office, where the friendly bowl of candy is disarming and reassuring as you walk in?  You can have the exact same effect at your garage sale by giving out candy or another small treat to your customers and browsers alike.  Unless you're hosting a winter sale, though...
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    Garage Sale Hosting Etiquette No-nos


     Being a good garage sale host doesn't just mean you smile at every customer, offer plastic bags for carrying items away, and keeping your driveway clean.  It means following good host etiquette, both the do's and the do not's.  Host etiquette isn't written down somewhere as a lawbook...
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    Utilizing Balloons


    When you were a kid, did you ever go to a birthday party where a clown or magician tied you a clever balloon animal?  Or did you ever get a balloon at the zoo and cart it with you until it collapsed from lack of air a few days later?  Then you know the joy of balloons and the zing these co...
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    How To Upsell Convincingly


    Upselling is a skill used by retail clerks, car salesmen, and PR representatives all over the world.  Some people don't like to use it, because they feel dishonest or dirty after persuading a customer to make a purchase.  However, it's a very natural method of convincing someone to buy you...
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    Creating a Changing Room


    Clothes need to fit; ill-fitting clothes are awkward and can be uncomfortable.  Customers know this, and so they shop in stores instead of online, where they can try before they buy.  When it comes to garage sales, the fact that they are only paying a dollar or two may prevent customers fr...
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    Selling the Breadmaker


    Ready to pull your breadmaker out of the closet where it's been gathering dust and pawn it off on someone else at your next garage sale?  Don't just yank it out and toss it onto your lawn -- you should take some care when getting ready to sell a breadmaker.  Here are some tips: Clean it.&...
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    Garage Sale Item Demonstration


    If you've got a big-ticket item that you really want to sell, but are afraid no one will snap up due to the price, why not hold an item demonstration to show off what it does?  Having a demonstration is not as complicated or time-consuming as it sounds. Some examples of items you might demonst...
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    Handling Garage Sale Stress


    Garage sale weekend is one of the most stressful of the year, barring major holidays and visits from the in-laws.  If you find that stress is an unfortunate side effect of a time that should be fun and freeing, don't just give in to it and fall into stress-related habits -- take a step back and...
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    Yard Sale Sign Logo


    Summertime means a sea of garage sale signs posted on sign poles, light poles, and yards in every neighborhood.  Even if you use brightly colored cardstock and dark permanent marker lines, you'll have trouble standing out in the midst of so much sign chaos.  If you really want to make your...






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