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Handy Garage Sale Pricing Guide

Jun 05, 2007 12:00AM

Having a garage sale is a great way to get rid of your extra belongings and make a little money in the process. Pricing is key, so here is our handy guide to garage sale prices!

If you're looking to sell online or through a mobile marketplace app, prices can be pushed a little higher but are still roughly the same.


BABY CARE

  • Baby swings: $10 - $20. 
  • Breast pumps: $30 - $75. (Depending on condition.)
  • Car seats: $10 - $35. 
  • Chairs, toddler's: $5 - $15. 
  • Clothes, baby: $1 - $3 per piece or $4 - $5 per outfit. 
  • Clothes, maternity bottoms: $3 - $5. 
  • Clothes, maternity tops: $2 - $5. 
  • Cribs: $50 - $100. (Depending on brand and condition.)
  • High chairs: $10 - $30. 
  • Play pens: $5 - $30. (Depending on brand and condition.)
  • Stroller: $10 - $25. 
  • Tables, changing: $45 - $75. 

CLOTHING

  • Clothes with store tags still attached: $10 - 70% of original price. 
  • Coats, jackets, and sweaters: $2 - $8. 
  • Dresses: $3 - $5. 
  • Jeans: $1 - $4. (Price brand name jeans towards the high end, depending on condition.)
  • Pants, children’s: $0.50 - $2. 
  • Pants, dress: $2 - $4.50. 
  • Shirts, branded: $1 - $5. (Depending on brand name.)
  • Shirts, children’s: $0.75 - $1. 
  • Shirts, plain: $0.25 - $0.75. 
  • Shoes, children's: $3. 
  • Shoes, dress: $2 - $5. 
  • Shoes, tennis: $1 - $3. 
  • Stained/damaged clothes: $0. (A "free items" box might entice other purchases.)
  • Sweatshirts: $1 - $2.50. 

ACCESSORIES

  • Backpacks: $1 - $5. 
  • Gifts, bags: $0.25 - $0.50. 
  • Gifts, wraping paper: $0.50 - $1. 
  • Hair accessories: $0.50 - $1 each. 
  • Jewelry: $0.25 - $2. 
  • Nail polish: $0.50 - $1 each. 
  • Purses: $10 - $70. (Depending on brand name.)
  • Ties: $1 each - $6 for 10. 

BOOKS

  • Books, hard cover: $1 - $2.50. (Depending on condition and collectability.)
  • Books, paperback: $0.50 - $1. 
  • Books, textbook: $0.50 - $1. 
  • Bookshelf: $15 - $50. 

ENTERTAINMENT

  • Blu-rays: $3 - $5. (Depending on age of the movie.)
  • Board Games: $0.50 - $2. 
  • DVDs: $1 - $4. (Depending on age of the movie.)
  • VHS tapes: $0.25 - $0.75. 

ELECTRONICS

  • A/C Unit: $10. 
  • Computer speakers: $10. 
  • Computer, desktop: $50 - $150. (Depending on age and software.) 
  • Extension cords and chargers: $0.50 - $2. 
  • Laptops: $20 - $150. 
  • Phone, land line: $5. 
  • Players, Blu-ray: $25 -  $40. 
  • Players, DVD: $10 - $20. (Try to sell as a bulk deal with DVDs.)
  • Players, VHS: $10 - $15. (Try to sell as a bulk deal with VHS tapes.)
  • Printer: $10. 
  • Television, remote control: $1. 
  • Television, set: $10 - $30. 

AUDIO

  • Car stereo: $15 - $30. (Depending on condition and wiring parts.)
  • Cassette tapes, collectable: $1 - $5. 
  • Cassette tapes, non-collectable: $0.10 - $0.25. 
  • CDs: $1 - 10 for $5. (Without scratches.)
  • Clock radios: $4. 
  • Players, CD: $4. 

VIDEO GAMES

  • Nintendo games: $0.50 - $2 each. 
  • PS1 consoles:$5. 
  • PS1 controllers: $2 each. 
  • PS1 games: $1 each. 
  • Sega Dreamcast consoles:$40. 
  • Sega Genesis consoles:$25. 
  • Video games, Nintendo games: $20 - $35. (Depending on condition.)
  • Xbox consoles:$35. 
  • Xbox games: $3 - $5 each. 
  • Xbox games: $3 each - $20 for 10. 

TOYS & GAMES

  • Block sets: $5 - $10. 
  • Board games: $2 - $5. 
  • Dart board: $5. 
  • Dolls: $1 - $15. (Depending on condition and collectability.)
  • Jigsaw pizzles: $1 -  $2. 
  • Playhouse: $15 - $30. 
  • Pool table: $55. 
  • Stuffed animals: $0.50 - $3. 
  • Toys, electronic: $2 - $5. 
  • Toys, large: $1 - $5. 
  • Toys, ride-on: $5 - $20. 
  • Toys, small: $0.50 - $1. 

SPORTS & EXERCISE

  • Baseball glove: $3. 
  • Bicycle: $20. 
  • Exercise balls: $2. 
  • Exercise bike: $40. 
  • Golf club set: $25 - $4 per club. 
  • Treadmills: $50. 
  • Weights: $1 - $5 per set. 

EQUIPMENT & TOOLS

  • Barbecue grills: $20 - $75. 
  • Edgers and weed eaters: $5 - $40. (Price gas towards the high end, electric towards the low end, depending on condition.)
  • Flower pots, large: $5 - $10. 
  • Flower pots, small: $0.50 - $1. 
  • Garden benches: $25 - $50. 
  • Lawn mowers, push: $30 - $75. 
  • Lawn mowers, riding: $200 - $500. 
  • Sewing machines: $20. 
  • Skates and skateboards: $15. 
  • Tool box: $20 - $75. (Depending on size and condition.)
  • Tools, hand: $1 - $5 per piece. 
  • Tools, power: $10 - $100. 

KITCHEN

  • Appliances, large (refrigerators, washers, dryers, etc.): $75 - $250. 
  • Appliances, medium (microwaves, bread machines, mini fridges, etc.): $20 - $150. 
  • Appliances, small (toasters, blenders, coffee makers, etc.): $5 - $20. 
  • Complete sets (dishes, pans, etc.): $5 - $25. 
  • Drinking glasses: $0.10 - $1.50. 
  • Kitchen supplies (spatulas, colanders, etc.): $1 - $3. 
  • Plastic food containers: $0.10 - $1 per piece. 
  • Plates: $1 - $3. 
  • Pots and pans: $2 - $10. 
  • Silverware (complete set): $10 - $20. 

FURNITURE

  • Bed, headboard: $5. 
  • Centerpieces, vases, and trays: $3 per piece. 
  • Chairs, dining: $12 - $25 each. 
  • Chairs, office: $5. 
  • Chairs, patio or lounge: $5. 
  • Couch: $40 - $200. (Depending on condition.)
  • Desk: $20 - $50. 
  • Dresser: $25 - $75. 
  • Entertainment center: $20. 
  • Faucets and shower heads: $5 - $10. (Depending on condition.)
  • Lamps: $5 - $15. 
  • Light fixtures: $5 - $20. 
  • Love seat: $20 - $125. 
  • Picture frames: $0.50 - $15. 
  • Rugs, area: $20 - $25. 
  • Rugs, throw: $2 - $5. 
  • Shelving: $10 - $20. 
  • Table and chairs, kitchen: $50 - $150 per set. (More if it's a 10+ set, depending on quality and condition.)
  • Table and chairs, patio: $35 - $100. 
  • Tables, coffee: $20 - $50. 
  • Tables, dining: $25 - $100. (Depending on size and condition.)
  • Tables, end: $20 - $40. (Depending on size and condition.)
  • Tables, kitchen: $25. 
  • Throw pillows: $1 - $3. 
  • Wall decor and mirrors: $5 - $50. 

LINENS

  • Bathmats: $1 - $2. 
  • Bedding sets:$10 - $25. 
  • Blankets:$2 - $5. 
  • Placemats: $0.50 - $1. 
  • Quilts: $20 - $40 or higher. (Depending on condition and craftsmanship.)
  • Sheet sets: $2 - $5. 
  • Towels, bath: $0.50 - $2. 
  • Towels, kitchen: $0.50 - $1. 
  • Towels, wash cloths: $0.25 - $0.50. 

Things to remember: 

  • Having one table or area sorted by price (i.e. the $1 table) can also be appealing. However, make sure individual items are clearly marked just in case they accidentally migrate. Masking or painters tape and a sharpie will do the trick. 
  • Know that many people may try to haggle, so on larger items over $100, it doesn't hurt to raise the price slightly over what you hope to get. Still, remember that the main goal of a garage sale is to get rid of stuff, so don't price too high and scare away buyers.
  • If you are selling electronics or other equipment, make sure to emphasize that all sales are final but have a power cord handy so potential buyers can confirm that everything works.
  • Get more small bills and quarters than you think you'll need and keep cash on your body or have one person be the cash handler at a table (and not move).
  • Don't be afraid to mark down your prices (and put up a sign saying "Reduced Prices") later in the morning or when things start to slow down. Bargain hunters will be drawn to your sale prices.