While there is certainly no right or wrong way to organize your items for a garage sale, there are a few things that you can do, which might help you keep yourself on track. Keeping organized during a garage sale, is almost imperative to a successful and profitable garage sale.
To begin with, sorting through each room on an individual level should come first. In each room, be sure to look inside every drawer, every closet, every cabinet and underneath and on top of every single surface. Closets should almost be considered rooms in and of themselves, because they usually contain the most that you will be putting inside your sale. These are the things we tend to hide away.
When going through clothing, put anything in your sale that doesn’t fit, you haven’t worn in at least a year (discounting seasons) and throw away anything with holes, rips or missing buttons. If you have pieces you have been holding onto, until you could match the perfect shirt/skirt/pants to, and it still hasn’t happened, assume now that it probably never will. (either that or use your garage sale income to get the missing piece to the outfit)
With toys, be sure to clean them and check for missing parts. Nobody wants to purchase puzzles, only to complete the thing and find its missing a piece or two. Check that batteries inserted into items make them work again. You might also want to be sure that you have batteries on hand the day of to test out items. Run an extension cord from an outlet inside the house to test things that plug in.
When you are getting ready to price the items, be sure everything is neat and clean and sorted by the general category it fits in. This will make set up much easier the day of the sale. Keep watching for more great tips and tricks for garage sales.