garage sale 4When planning a garage sale, yard sale or estate sale in Bryan / College Station, there are many simple, no cost or inexpensive things that you can do to ensure that your garage sale is a success.

Some people put a lot of time and energy into pre-planning for a successful sale while others take a more relaxed and simpler approach. Either way the main objectives of a garage sale are to either clear out clutter and unwanted items from your home, or to make as much money as possible from the sale, or more likely it’s a combination of both.

There is a vast range sites available online that provide detailed tips on how to prepare for your yard sale. Articles like Wikihow – How to hold a garage sale, Yard Sale Queen or Money Crashers – Successful Yard Sale Tips, all provide great information that can help you reach your garage sale objectives.

There are some additional things to consider for the Bryan / College Station area. As we covered in our previous post Bryan / College Station Garage Sales, a garage sale permit is required in the City of Bryan but not in the City of College Station. You also need to make sure that individual garage sales are permitted in the particular neighborhood that you live in.

garage sale 5One of the biggest markers for a successful garage sale is advertising. Without good advertising no one will come or if they do it’s only because they stumbled across your sale.

Die hard garage sale shoppers scour both online and paper ads and plan shopping routes according to the advertised addresses and dates. These are the buyers you want. The more bodies and vehicles showing up for your garage sale, the more likely other buyers will follow suit.

There are many places that you can advertise your garage sale. The sooner you set the date and the sooner you begin advertising your sale, the better the chances are for a successful event.

Taking an ad out in The Eagle or American Classifieds for 2 weeks prior to the sale can reach a huge market of shoppers that do not have access to a computer or the internet. Both of these forms of print advertising are relatively inexpensive and can draw a lot of additional customers to your sale.

When many homeowners or tenants plan on advertising their garage sale online, they immediately think of Craigslist. This a a wonderful free source of advertising that gets lots of attention but did you know there are other sites that are also specific to this area that are even more specific for garage sales? (Garage Sales by Map) – Bryan (Garage Sales by Map) – College Station

Yard Sale Search – Bryan

Yard Sale Search – College Station

Facebook – Bryan-College Station Online Yard Sale 

Yard – Bryan

Yard – College Station

Garage Sale Finder 

Don’t forget social media sites. Facebook, twitter, instagram, pinterest etc

gargae sale 3Also, If you let us know about your upcoming garage sale, we will happily help promote it through our social media network. Just email us the details at and we will get the ball rolling. We may even come out and take some pictures.

In a nutshell, in order to ensure the best possible success for your garage sale:

  • Make sure that you get a permit if required.
  • Know if your HOA allows for garage sales (they may even help advertise yours).
  • Review the tips provided from the articles listed above (particularly the ones about safety).
  • Advertise, advertise, advertise. Tell your neighbors, tell your friends and co-workers. Take out print ads. Make use of free or little cost online advertising.
  • And last but not least, have fun and enjoy your success.

Next up: What sells & what does not sell well at garage sales or estate sales.