People are ready to have garage and yard sales as well as go to some, but the real question is: “Is it safe?” People are struggling right now as the price of gas and goods continue to rise above levels we have not seen in years. They are trying to figure out how they can save money, and garage sales are the number one source of gently used goods and an opportunity to save money and repurpose items. Everybody has been stuck at home due to COVID-19, and this has motivated people to declutter and tidy up. But the new pain point of the purging process is not knowing what to do with your old stuff. What exactly can you do with the items that you’re ready to remove from your home during a pandemic? Garage sales are one of the most popular ways to get rid of items, but with the pandemic, you need to keep everyone’s health in mind.
As more people get vaccinated and cities and states begin to ease up on the COVID-19 restrictions, life is starting to feel more normal. Plus, with spring arriving, it’s only a matter of time before our telephone poles and neighborhood corners are chock-full with yard sale signs. Despite most states rescinding their stay-at-home orders, many Americans are still wondering if life can return to normal.
The answer is YES. Now is a great time to start planning for a garage sale this spring and summer. But is it safe, and what do I need to do to keep it that way? At Garage Sale Easy, we can help keep you safe and secure during garage sale season.
First, remember to put more space between your various shopping “areas.” Arrange items to reduce how often people touch them. Tables, for example, are better than bins. Keep in mind that now is a good time to increase your garage sale space. Set up tables so they’re spread out, and expand your display areas to include your lawn and driveway. Provide or offer to sell a fresh disposable mask to anyone not wearing one, especially if your yard is small or it starts raining and you must move into your garage. However, also keep in mind that some people have medical conditions that make wearing a mask difficult or unadvisable. Use a line of chalk or a strip of tape to remind people to stay apart and back from the pay station. Make sure that the merchandise is washed, dried, and wiped down with a disinfectant. Additionally, clean tables often throughout the day. If you have chairs or anything like that, make sure to wipe those down too. And go ahead and have hand sanitizer for your customers.
Payments for yard sale items should be as contactless as possible. I suggest using a Garage Sale Easy (GSE) touchless transaction when possible and only taking exact change for cash transactions in an effort to limit the back-and-forth interactions.
What should I know if I am going to a garage sale?
Bring a mask. Keep your distance, even if other shoppers do not. Be willing to leave a site or forego a bargain if a particular sale looks too crowded.
Take exact change for cash transactions in an effort to limit the back-and-forth interactions or use Garage Sale Easy touchless transactions.
Be polite. Remember, you are entering someone’s private property. You may be shopping, but you are a guest.