Garage sales for saving or making moneyGarage 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.