Tips for a Garage Sale Host in Canada

Canadian garage saleGarage sales in Canada are unique as compared to the garage sales in the rest of the world. They have their own style and culture, and offer a one of a kind assortment of items. As a Canadian hosting a garage sale, you want to move as many items as possible by appealing them to your customers. There are a number of things a garage sale host in Canada should think of in order to host a successful garage sale. Rather than stumble through your garage sale event, consider the advice of avid garage sale hosts:

  • Carefully select your calendar date around weather trends and other major calendar events in the area. Pleasant weather and open calendars indicate the perfect garage sale conditions. Also consider which day of the week will bring in most customers and what time of day is best suited for a neighborhood sale. Being savvy of all these factors will raise the level of success of your garage sale.
  • Promoting the sale in advance drastically raises the level of foot traffic directed toward your sale. You can do this through media outlets, such as local newspapers of favorite community websites, or you can do it the old fashioned way and place signs up around the neighborhood letting people know dates, times and locations. For a busier sale, do some of both types of advertising!
  • Set up for the big day gradually instead of cramming it all into one day. This will give you time to prepare for and anticipate surprises. In setting up, be sure to cover details such as price labels, cash box preparation and a plan for how your sale items will be laid out.
  • A garage sale host should always have a back up plan ready for bad weather. It is a hassle to call off the sale and reschedule. Instead, have room prepared for sale items that are delicate or cannot get wet under neath a shelter, and have space ready for items that are able to get wet or wind blown outside.
  • The items that are left behind at a garage sale – the ones that did not sell – can often be time consuming to dispose of. Several ideas for what to do with leftover garage sale items are donate them to your favorite thrift store, or have a junk removal service come to collect them.
  • Be prepared to negotiate the prices of sale items and quickly lump item prices together for large purchases.

Tips for Garage Sale Shoppers in Canada

Canada garage sale shopper tipsHave you ever made your way around garage sales in a Canadian city, searching for the item you set out for, taking care to stop and browse at every sale? Or, have you ever spent a day browsing sales without any goal other than to have a good time? Garage sales in Canada are a long standing tradition, as they are in the rest of North America. In the spring and summer months, people choose a day to set out all the personal possessions they are ready to part with and offer them for sale to anyone in the community who comes by. Being a garage sale shopper in Canada may be a one time activity or it may be a regular hobby. In order to have the best experience possible when garage sale shopping in Canada, consider the following tips from seasoned shoppers:

  • Select the garage sales that you are going to attend carefully. Good quality sales will make an effort to advertise, either in the local media or in street signs guiding the way to the sale house. By paying attention to how the sale is promoted, one can begin to tell what area the sale is in, how big the sale will be, what kind of selection the sale will have and whether or not it is worth attending.
  • Arriving early is important to your shopping success. As a day carries on, a garage sale is likely to offer fewer and fewer items. Getting there early ensures that the shopper will be able to browse the full selection of items for sale.
  • Try not to shop with specific items in mind for purchase, but rather come prepared for a shopping adventure of browsing. If you must shop with specific items in mind, be prepared to be flexible in what kind of style and quality of the item you will settle for.
  • Be prepared to haggle with the sale host for items. This practice is expected from garage sale shoppers and can earn shoppers excellent bargain prices on sale items.
  • Do not forget to come prepared for elements! This is Canada we are talking about, after all. In many areas, the weather can change at a moment’s notice from hot to drenched.

A Successful Garage Sale in Canada

successful Canadian garage saleCanada is a country that knows how to host a good garage sale. Garage sales are deeply ingrained summer traditions in Canada. There are several key features to tend to if you want to host a successful garage sale in Canada, however. There are seasons, times of day, days of the week, types of weather and other factors that can positively or negatively affect your Canadian garage sale.

  • The summer season is the time of year to host a garage sale in Canada. This is for obvious reasons. Canada is very far north on the globe and is subject to harsh winters. Canada’s spring season and fall season can also be very cold and dark in a number of places. By planning your garage sale for summer, you will guarantee long daylight hours and will greatly increase the likelihood of good weather.
  • Consider the time of day and the day of the week you are holding your garage sale. Most peopleĀ hold their garage sales on weekends during usual business hours. This is smart, considering that daylight hours in Canada are long during the summer and many people who frequent garage sales, particularly seniors, enjoy starting their days early. Weekends are logical simply to ensure that people are not working instead of shopping.
  • It is very important to watch the weather forecast and be willing to change the date of your garage sale if the forecast is bad on your scheduled garage sale date. Weather in Canada, especially near mountains, can become ugly quickly and it is wise to be prepared for anything.
  • Advertising your garage sale is very important to its success. A garage sale cannot do well if no one knows about it. This is why signs on street corners and ads in newspapers and on websites is important. In Canada, garage sale season is short, so when it arrives, the whole community is actively awaiting them. When it is time, they will be looking for advertisements for garage sales.

How Garage Sales in Canada are Unique

Canadian garage saleGarage sales are universal traditions of developed nations. Almost every level of society in a developed nation embraces the tradition of inviting the public into individual garages, driveways and yards in order to sell used personal items. This is largely considered to be the most convenient and the most hospitable way of selling personal items in bulk. However, every country approaches garage sales in slightly different ways, depending on the country’s region, weather, community involvement and goods to sell.

In Canada, garage sales have their own, unique style that sets them apart from the rest of the world. Canada is known for its long winters and frigid temperatures, which certainly has an affect on how garage sales are executed. All garage sales are held in the summertime, and the community at large comes out to support them, making offers on the uniquely Canadian wares.

A number of regions in the North Hemisphere have their garage sales in the summer, but for a place as northern as Canada, summer time garage sales are an immovable necessity. Temperatures in Canada during the winter months are almost unanimously below freezing, and even the spring and fall months are marked by cold and inclement. Canadians do not bother with any of the plans and preparations that are made for a garage sale until the summer weather begins.

Garage sales are a largely communal effort in Canada. Unlike the United States, where weather is warmer, Canadians are less social in the winter and fiercely social in the summer. A huge majority of their outdoor living is done in the summer months. It is very common to see community wide garage sale events in Canadian cities and towns because there is a shorter block of time to host them in. Garage sale maps are made and the sale events are promoted in newspapers and on websites.

Even the items that are sold at Canadian garage sales are uniquely Canadian. In no other country’s garage sales can shoppers find quite as good a selection of winter clothes and shoes, winter athletic equipment and winter outdoor equipment.