Backpacks can really pile up if you have a lot of kids with changing tastes. Luckily, there are inexpensive kids’ backpacks manufactured now for those periods in a youngster's life when they want something different every new school year. This article will help you prepare and sell those packs, along with any others you might be wanting to get rid of.
If you've figured out which backpacks you need to sell, go ahead and empty out all the pockets. Yes, this definitely makes sure you don't give away anything valuable or precious, like your son's first noodle-and-paper-plate artwork or someone's nice watch, but it also prevents customers from ending up with a nasty surprise upon returning home. Children are prone to leaving old sandwiches and other mold-vulnerable foods in their backpacks without even realizing it; they probably never noticed the smell because it was plopped next to their dirty socks every day.
Clean the backpack thoroughly with a damp rag or baby wipes. Unless you know it will survive a washer/dryer cycle, don't conventionally wash a backpack; they just aren't made to handle it, in most cases. Pay special attention to the bottom of the backpack, where it surely rested on some dirty floors, and the shoulder pads, which are probably full of sweat from kids running to their next classes. Any other grime should be scrubbed away, and if the backpack is full of crumbs, go ahead and give it a quick tap outside or even a vacuuming.
Evaluate the backpack's condition, then decide on a price and label it with big, visible tag. You want to make sure it isn't easy for a customer to surreptitiously remove the tag and then say there was no price listed; if you have a bunch of items, it can be easy to forget how much you wanted for one particular thing. Probably in the $5-15 range is fair for a backpack, depending on the manufacturing quality and how used it looks; new backpacks run from $20-50 for kids, and more for adults, so this is a fair garage sale price range.
When you're setting up the sale, put the backpack on the ground and lean it up against a table leg. Putting it on top of the table changes how the shoppers will view it (you don't usually view a backpack from straight down), and they may not even realize what it is. Just make sure you aren't placing it on an excessively dirty patch of ground, and if it isn't tucked under a table, it should attract plenty of attention.
Even if it seems like a good sales tactic to demonstrate how much the backpack can hold, don't put anything inside the pack that you aren't prepared to sell along with it. That way, you can check the pockets to make sure a greedy customer hasn't stuffed things inside it in an attempt to just pay the backpack price, without forgetting just what you'd put in there yourself.
Is a mother or father obviously purchasing back-to-school supplies for their child? Mention that you have the backpack as a good sales point. "I see you're getting back-to-school stuff already. Have you found your child a backpack yet? I have a great one over here..." Just open up the dialogue in a friendly way that suggests you're paying attention their needs.
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