Garage sales for saving or making money

Garage sales are a favourite way for Australians to get rid of unwanted things about the house or apartment. Occurring mostly on Saturday mornings, sellers will place all their unwanted items in the garage, car port or front yard of the house to sell them.

This is a great opportunity for a couple of reasons.

- Buy cheap clothes and shoes. The people selling at garage sales are typically friendly and just want to make a bit of money by selling their unwanted things. Items like clothes and shoes are almost given away, so it is an opportunity to upgrade your wardrobe cheaply.

- Some people buy items cheap at garage sales having identified something for a low price at a garage sale that can be later sold for a higher price on Gumtree, or elsewhere. Some people have skills for fixing certain things cheaply and then re-sell for substantial profits. Lots of Australians make a living from repairing and reselling Bicycles, Lawn Mowers, Computers, Washing Machines, etc. If you have good skills for fixing things like bicycles, then there is a ready made business for you.

- The day out can be very entertaining and you will find people having Garage Sales easy to talk to ... and you should as you might find out some other opportunities for work, entertainment or accommodation from them. For instance, if the garage sale is for people leaving a rental house, maybe they need help with cleaning the house and will pay for your help.

Extra Tip: Arrive extra early as "trader" type people will turn up for the best bargains before the sun has come up and harass the garage sale people to open early. They even turn up with a torch to look around in the dark. If you want the best bargains you will have to arrive before them!

Extra Tip: Turn up late as people left with the last items from the day just want to see it all gone and will give things away for next to nothing.

John Nayler

Digital Marketer. Sailor. Speaker

John Nayler

Brisbane, QLD

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John Nayler

In a world where it is critical to cut through the noise and stand out, John Nayler quietly delivers significant competitive advantage through an in-depth knowledge and intense fascination with content, information and the digital world. Describing his first contact with the internet in 1998 as ‘Love At First Sight’, John successfully created the laptop lifestyle before it was a buzzword, growing a highly regarded digital and media agency, inventing and commercialising products, and launching niche magazines, from aboard his boat in the Whitsunday Islands – one of the most sought after island locations in the world. Competitive advantage is a hard-contact, tactical game which can be won or lost in the digital space. John’s education and commitment to his field, and experience at the forefront of marketing and management in the IT space, delivers an innate understanding of how to position, communicate and leverage to deliver improved visibility, lead flow, and ultimately drive sales and profitability.