Garage Sales for Cash and Maybe as a Business

This weekend my family is having a garage sale. In fact there are 30 – 50 garage sales listed for our town this weekend. It’s that time of year, again.

I took a day off work, cleaned, organized and pulled things out of my shed that haven’t been touched in years. I finally emptied a closet that has been overfilled for too long. Unfortunately, much of it I threw away. Why was I keeping all of this stuff anyway???

My wife is the best at garage sales. She merchandises everything, clearly prices all of our items and has a knack for knowing what things are worth in the “garage sale market”.

So far I have eight old bicycles and scooters, two power tools, dozens of shoes and boots, and many stacks of “gently worn” clothing. It’s amazing!

So why am I writing this, you ask? It’s not like any of you will be able to show up this weekend and buy all my junk, right? I just think this is a great way for people to make some quick money when times are tough. Not only can you raise some quick cash, but you can organize and simplify your life. Many other folks are out there looking for good deals and this can help them out as well.

When you read most of the personal finance sites out there like,, they will list a garage sale as one of the first and best ways to raise some quick bill paying money, or to save up for a purchase.  These days we need to get creative and look for new and old ways to create money out of stuff.

For some of you teens out there, have you considered setting up garage sales for people?  You could look for customers that don’t have the energy to put one together, but they still would like to, and might need to, have a garage sale. You could agree on a percentage that you could take out of the proceeds and this could be a benefit to both of you. It could be your “garage sale service business”.

With jobs being scarce for everyone, but especially teens and college students, I would recommend doing some research on the garage sale service concept. I just did a quick search and found out enough information to make me think this could be a great option for someone that has the energy and desire to do something creative.  As often as my family shops garage sales, I have yet to see this in my town. There is bound to be a market where you live as well.

If you have seen something like this, or have experienced it yourself, send me a comment and tell me about it. I wish you well in your selling!

About The Author

Duane Rockensock

Duane (Rocky) Rockensock is a husband, a dad, and the National Reconditioning Manager for AmeriGas Propane. Since he was a teenager, Duane has loved hearing the stories of how people have started creative businesses or found ways to use their talents to accomplish amazing things. For that reason he started this blog to encourage teens and adults to find their purpose and to provide the tools and resources to make that happen!

  • Nate

    Great advice. I have been thinking about having a street wide garage sale as of late due to the season of garage sales, summer. I will have to bring up the idea with my brother. As a side note, the mowing season has gotten off to a great start and we hope to keep growing. Thank you for the advice that you are giving to others. Have a great weekend. God Bless


    • Nate,
      thanks so much for your reply to this post. I am glad to hear about your continued success with your mowing
      business. I hear so many exciting things about North Dakota in general. It’s good to hear that the business is still up and running.
      Did you end up having a garage sale? Let me know how it went!