Throwing a Garage Sale? Use This Handy Pricing Guide

Sell your stuff—and maybe even earn a little money.

Sure, you can sell your stuff on Facebook marketplace. Or, you could just drag it outside and tack up a few signs. A garage sale can be a great way to meet your neighbors, and hopefully you'll accomplish two goals while you're at it: Get rid of unneeded possessions and earn a little money. The key to doing both is following garage sale pricing best practices. There's a fine line between pricing items too high (which deters shoppers from buying them) and pricing them too low (which means you won't earn any money).

If your goal is to simply empty your home for an upcoming move or to make space for new furniture, price everything to sell (read: dirt-cheap prices). But if you want to make money, take care to walk that fine line. Beyond good advertising—the digital kind on social media and the old-fashioned, neon-poster-board kind you put around town—garage sale pricing is the factor that can make or break your event. Cost of living varies by region, so research first by browsing local thrift shops and other sales in your area.

Then use this pricing guide as a baseline. Whether you're emptying your appliance garage or just clearing out the mudroom, this tip sheet will help you to get it done.

Garage Sale Pricing Suggestions

  • Hardcover books: $1 (paperbacks, two for $1)
  • CDs: Two for $1
  • DVDs and Blu-Ray Discs: $1 for older films or shows, $2 for newer ones
  • Tech (smart home devices, TVs, speakers, video game systems, computer screens, etc.): $50 to $100, depending on the original price of the items
  • Mainstream brand-name clothing: $5 to $15
  • T-shirts: two for $1
  • Shoes: $5 to $10
  • Costume jewelry: $1 (or $5 for a few items)
  • Coffee tables: $50 to $100
  • Dining chairs: $25 to $150 each
  • Dishes and glasses: $5 to $30 for an eight-piece set
  • China: $1 to $10 a plate
  • Kitchen gadgets: $1 to $5
  • Lamps: $5 to $30
  • Mirrors and artwork: $1 to $10 (small); $30 to $100 (large)
  • Sofas: $150 to $300
  • Board games: $1 to $5
  • IKEA furniture: 30 to 50 percent of the original price
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