Methods of Pricing Your Items

It's the day before garage sale weekend, and you've already sorted out all your items. Now it's time to start pricing and labeling!  There are many ways you can label, and most people have at least one of the following methods available to them.  If you're stumped, keep reading to find out how others have put the price on their garage sale items.

A fruit stand using card boards for their method of pricing items.

If you've got a roll of masking tape and a permanent marker lying around the house, it's simple to create pricing labels that won't leave much residue but will stay securely on your items.  Put your kids to work writing, tearing, and sticking labels.  Or, if you prefer to do it, try writing a large quantity of one price and stick them on the edge of a table to maximize your efforts.

Color dot stickers are a popular garage sale technique: select a value for each dot color and then put the appropriate dot on each item.  This method is beneficial as you do not need to write anything down; it quickly becomes tiresome to write "25¢" two hundred times!

If you want the price to show up, but don't feel like hand-writing every dollar amount, try purchasing some sticky paper sheets and use a word processing program to create a sheet of labels for printing and cutting.  This also works with mailing label sheets, although those run higher in price and also waste a lot of space; however, they are easier to peel and do not require making your scissors gooey.

Clothing items are notorious for rejecting stickers, so if you're afraid of losing your labels, try stapling the prices to the inside tag of each item of clothing.  This does require more work (and maybe a sore hand!), but if your clothes are worth the money and you don't want someone getting away with buying them for 50¢, it could very well be worth it.

Many online garage sale suppliers offer pre-printed label sheets.  These run for about $5 for 360 labels, and are great for convenience and a professional look.  But let's face it -- this is a garage sale!  You're trying to make money, not shell it out.  Five dollars is how much you'll get for your child’s old bike.  Another disadvantage of pre-printed price labels is that you have a limited amount for each price, and if you have a disproportionate amount of, say, $1 items, you may quickly run out.

Finally, there is the option of making category signs on regular paper and simply organizing your items in the right places so you don't have to make individual labels.  You could sort the clothes by price category instead of who they are intended for (this does upset some shoppers).  While this method saves time and is very easy and inexpensive, it is easy to get ripped off by savvy garage sale shoppers, so proceed with caution. 

How have you priced your items?  What method works best (or worst) for you?  Join the community at and start sharing!

Comments (2) -

Joe Fisher
Joe Fisher
2/23/2013 1:36:29 AM #

Buy those cheap price tag stickers on your local stores. It's easy, saves time, durable and effective. It can't be easily peeled off and you get a clear and colorful price tag. Instead of wasting time writing each and every tag, its a simple solution to your pricing problems which brings you a lot of benefits.

Ellen Murray
Ellen Murray
2/23/2013 1:40:46 AM #

For larger pieces like furniture or shirts, you can buy those tags with different shapes like animals, houses and even cartoon characters. It would instantly get the attention of people since you have a unique and intriguing choice for price tags. If you're selling books, those tags could be brought home by the guests and use them as bookmarks. See you've solve your price tags and provided a better deal because of the bookmark.

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