What a great garage sale, was the comment we recieved from a lot of our buyers. We had buyers queing at the gate from 5.45 am despite our advise that the gate did not open until 7.00 am. We even had huge thankyou's from them - grateful that we did not let in the earlybirds - everyone had equal chance.
We only had one dealer - who came back twice! She was a bit pushy, and actually put off some of our genuine bargain hunters, who returned later in the day when it was quieter.
Second day was very quiet, but for the last hour or so, we invited buyers to just fill a plastic shopping bag with bric-a-brac for $5.00. Those that did, also ended up spending at least $20-30 more
We had a great day, banked lots of money, and can't wait til the next one.
Be firm about your start time, flexible and realistic about your prices, have friends help you on the day.