Advertise First, you have to advertise. In Hawaii this means putting an ad the Honolulu Advertiser, Star Bulletin and on Craigslist. Then have some very bright large signs pointing the way from the major streets, like Kalanianaole Hwy. No signs with small writing please, just big arrows and "Moving Sale". Add "huge" or "giant" or "multi family" and you're bound to get a lot of traffic. Ask permission to post signs at work, church, grocery stores and other local businesses. Tell friends.
In your ad, list popular items to attract more customers. Furniture is huge in Hawaii, and so are tools and fishing gear.Try to coordinate with neighbors and have a neighborhood sale. This really brings in the buyers! You will have people driving from the opposite end of the island for your sale! Organize
Now that you have advertised your sale, you really have to organize your stuff. First of all, the hot Hawaiian sun can make a yard sale very unpleasant, so buy or borrow some canopes so that people will stick around longer. If it's too hot, people will run back to their air conditioned cars. Just a little shade makes a big difference.
A couple weeks before your garage sale, start saving shopping bags and boxes. Make sure items are clean and neat looking. This will help you get more money for them.
Put price tage on everything. Use different colored stickers or an identification code on the tags if more than one family is involved in your sale. People in Hawaii will swarm your sale if you have advertised it well, so be ready for chaos! No time to ask, "who's stuff is this?" Have newspaper ready to wrap fragile things. Put sets of things together. Put the same types of stuff in same area: kitchen stuff, gardening stuff, clothes, toys, tools, etc... Hang clothes on a clothesline or on rack.
Doll clothing and accessories are always in demand. Dolls and stuffed toys make a hit with the kiddies and they can persuade their parents to buy something.
Set up a cashier area with calculator a secure cash box with small bills and coins to make change Make it comfortable
The weather in Hawaii can change suddenly, so be prepared. Have several large sheets of plastic handy to cover everything quickly for that sudden, unexpected rain shower.
Have some soft drinks and bottled water with ice in a cooler . Merchandise
Separate inexpensive items from more costly ones. Establish areas such as "Under $1.00," "Under $5.00," "Free with purchase of $5.00 or more," etc.
String up a clothesline to display any clothing you may have. Remember, clothing for all ages, men or women, is always in great demand. Children's clothing goes over best and especially about the time for school to start in the fall.
Set up tables to display small merchandise. Leave room between tables for a lot of shoppers to browse without being crowded.
Glasses, dishes, and cups will sell faster if you price them in sets of 6 for $1.00 instead of 15 cents each. Paperback books, magazines, records and items that have titles will sell more readily if they are marked separately. If they want them collectively, they'll ask you. Put loose game pieces in a Ziplock bag and secure to the inside of the box.
To get the best prices at your moving sale, clean and shine the objects you're selling, and display them creatively.
Make the sign overly large. Get something that's 18" x 24" or larger. Draw attention to the sign with helium filled balloons or bright colors on the sign will attract drivers' eyes.
If you put toys next to kids' clothes, the kids will play while mom shops. And the kids might ask mom to buy a toy, too! Put high demand and high priced items up high on tables so that they can be more easily seen from the street by people driving slowly by. Toys, on the other hand, should be on the ground where kids can pick them up and get attached to them. Use removable stickers to clearly mark prices.
Be creative with pricing. Things like "buy one, get one free" can work for you, too. Mark things down as the sale progresses. Don't hesitate to do something unusual. Informing your next customer that they're the 25th shopper and entitled to a 25% discount will get a conversation started and could lead to a sale. Toward the end of the day, do free giveaways. "If you buy a shirt, you get free pants."
Pricing items for a garage sale is arbitrary. It's hard to say what an item is really worth, but it's worth more in Hawaii than on the mainland. Leave room so you can make what you want even after some haggling.
Donate leftover items to charity and get a receipt for taxes. Toward the end some people might come by and offer you a hundred bucks for everything left over. If they do, take it! Don't be left with a bunch of useless junk.