The preparation for a garage sale is not only extremely time consuming, but is emotionally exhausting and draining as well. Deciding what to keep, what to sell and what simply belongs in the trash is hard. Especially if it deals with a passionate hobby of ours. That hobby of course, being scrapbooking.
The key is to set aside some time to really go through what you have. Think about each item, are you really going to use it? Have you used it lately? Is it something you can live without?
Create three piles of items. One pile should be the things you just are not ready to let go of. The next pile should be things that can be sold at your garage sale, and the last pile should be “What was I thinking” and should become a trash pile.
Don’t however, automatically assume that because you hate something, that everyone else will. The phrase pertaining to garage sales that is most commonly heard is “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure”. This holds true for scrapbooking supplies too.
Papers that are outdated or that are for themes you will never use again seem useless to you, however a child or teen just scrapbooking might enjoy purchasing the items from you and at garage sale bargains, who can resist?
Items that sell well at garage sales, or that I have had the most luck with are:
Cardstock Scraps (typically offered in grab bags)
and several other items
It is important to be sure that any supplies you sell are in good condition. For instance, a 12×12 piece of patterned paper with a badly wrinkled or soiled edge should not be sold, however it could probably be cut down to 8.5×11 and then sold. You can also cut them up into scraps and provide mat sized sheets. Tools should work properly, be clean and if at all possible, names or initials removed.
Items that have pieces missing, such as incomplete sticker sheets, will do better in a grab bag rather than by themselves.
When you are deciding how to sell the items, page kits, themed grab bags and large quantities in bags sell the best. Individual pieces of anything don’t do quite as well.
Once you’ve decided what to sell at your garage sale, what you just cannot part with and what really belonged in the trash a long time ago, the next step is pricing the scrapbooking items you will have in your garage sale. Watch the scrapbooking blog for that article, titled How To Price Scrapbook Supplies at a Garage Sale.