For an artist, getting exposure for your work can be the toughest part about making any money off what you love to do. Selling your artwork at your garage sale isn't going to be a "fast cash now" scheme by any means, but it will put your name and your style out there for people to peruse. Although many garage sale shoppers are truly bargain bin hunters and can't afford artwork in their homes, some do it for the thrill of the hunt and may actually appreciate art enough to purchase from you. Keep these tips in mind if you decide to try and put yourself out there on garage sale weekend.
Keep garage sale prices in mind. Bargain hunters are not going to be able to pay extravagant fees, for your secondhand merchandise or for the artwork you're selling. That means that you need to turn your head away from gallery prices and think about the kind of money you would be able and willing to dish out if you were shopping at garage sales out of necessity (or even because you wanted to). Don't price your art so high that shoppers take one look at it and walk away; you want them to at least peruse what you've made!
Look at this more as an opportunity to put your name and work out there than a business move. As such, you probably don't want to sell any of your masterpieces or favorite works, just because you'll end up regretting having sold them at a low price. You may have some "cast-off" pieces -- the less-inspired ones, and art that didn't come out quite how you'd envisioned it -- and you could turn a small profit on these that you wouldn't be able to get in a gallery or art show setting.
Advertise your art on your signs and in your ads. If your style is right, you may even make your signs artistic themselves! Even if you don't do that, you'll want to at least mention -- on both your signs and your online/newspaper advertisements -- that a local artist will be selling his or her art at the garage sale; that way, people will come prepared and won't overlook your art as more secondhand stuff that you're selling.
If your art is fragile, take precautions. Maybe you blow glass in your spare time and want to sell some of your less polished pieces. Don't just send someone home with their purchase in a plastic bag! Have some newspaper or bubble wrap handy for fragile art, and be willing to give it away with each purchase.
Feel free to mention your artwork on your advertisements that appear on our free garage sale listing site!