Okay, okay, I must credit Becca with all the organizational legwork, such as neighborhood signage, product displays, most of the product and all the heavy lifting. (Hence she gets top billing.) I just provided the venue and contributed two boxes of books that exactly zero (0) people inspected. Though I didn’t sell any books, I received an education.
The key to having a successful garage sale, I learned, is that you need a steady stream of customers. To get a steady stream of customers, you must find a way to appease the Drive-By Onceover. The DBO is when a car packed with 2-4 bargain hunters slows to a crawl in front of your sale. If the DBO yields unsatisfactory results, the passengers avoid making eye contact with the rejected sellers and the driver is instructed in a hushed tone and perhaps with a subtle wave of the hand to hit the accelerator. But if the DBO yields satisfactory results, the bargain hunters then Park & Peruse.
Clearly, the trick is converting those DBOs into Park & Perusers. P&Ps are elusive creatures but they are not dangerous. A cursory glance at quality, presentation and diversity of goods no doubt plays a role in satisfying the DBO. But I believe there is one determinative factor, a remarkably simple one: quantity. You must have so much crap on your lawn that a proper DBO is an ocular impossibility.
Unfortunately, our sale was all too vulnerable to the DBO and we had precious few P&Ps. On the bright side, we did spend a sunny afternoon sitting on the front lawn.
In the top photo, note the open window in the upper right corner of the frame. This window was used to dispense refreshments to the staff. Incorporating a roach coach operation into the sale was discussed — perhaps if we made it drive-thru we could have made some money from those DBOs after all. The second photo was taken from said window, just in case you wanted to get a behind-the-scenes look at a Labor Day Garage Sale Spectacular.