Charity garage sales offer a great way to raise money for a favorite cause, but they take a considerable amount of planning. A self-storage unit can come in handy when you want to plan one of these events. Here are just a few ways to use your self-storage unit to prepare a charity garage sale.
Gather Your Inventory
You'll need to get donations from friends and neighbors, which means you'll need a place to store those items. Arrange a time for people to drop off the items at your self-storage unit. You can catalogue the items as they are delivered so you can get a better sense of how much you have to sell. This is also a great option if you will be getting donations from strangers, as they won't need your home address to drop off the items.
Create A Pricing Event
Once you have all of the donated items in the unit, you and your volunteers can work on pricing and sorting all of the items. Doing this at the self-storage facility means you won't have to prepare your house for visitors just to get the items priced and ready for sale.
Place two or three card tables in the storage unit, and stock them with colored stickers, markers and stringed price tags. Place the items that have been priced in boxes marked "complete," and arrange them along one side of the unit. For larger items, make signs on construction paper. You may also want to make a price list for larger items to keep track of them in case the signs are removed. Use rolling racks to arrange and size clothing to get it ready for the big day.
Host The Garage Sale
Some self-storage facilities will let you host a garage sale right out of the unit. Be sure to ask in advance and let the storage rental facility know that the proceeds are going to charity. You may be able to get special permission for a charity event. Be sure to have banners printed that state what charity will benefit from the event.
You can arrange shelving units and rolling garment racks in the unit to display your goods, and you may be able to get permission to place a table outside of the unit for completing transactions.
A self-storage unit can serve many purposes when planning a charity garage sale. Use these ideas to keep the donations out of your home and to prepare a great sale.
For storage units, contact a company such as Lake County Storage of Round Lake Heights.